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February/March 2021

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Member-in-Politics Award in Honor of Ted Bass FEB. 26 NOMINATION DEADLINE Given to outstanding educators for their contribution to the education profession through political action. Chapters may nominate one member from their chapter. Chapter-in-Politics Award in Honor of Joyce Fadem FEB. 26 NOMINATION DEADLINE Given to outstanding chapters for their contribution to the education profes- sion through political action. Chapters may nominate themselves. NEA Foundation Grants FEB. 28 APPLICATION DEADLINE NEA Foundation gives Student Achievement and Learning & Leader- ship grants in amounts of $2,000 and $5,000. Read Across America MARCH 2 E VENT Celebrate by reading with your stu- dents! CTA's California Reads program offers teacher-recommended book selections year-round for students of all ages. See page 10 to get started with a few book suggestions. CTA/NEA-Retired Conference MARCH 2–5 CONFERENCE Virtual. "Retirement in the Digital Age." See page 12 for details. Chavez/Huerta Awards MARCH 5 ENTRY DEADLINE Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta Education Awards honor students who can express Chavez's guiding prin- ciples. Awards up to $550 go to both sponsoring CTA member and student. Good Teaching Conference MARCH 11–14 CONFERENCE Virtual. "Middle and Secondary Home Edition!" Supports excellent teaching practices with a special focus on grades 6-12. NEA National Leadership Summit MARCH 12–14 CONFERENCE Virtual. Develops activist leaders and prepares them with knowledge and skills to lead thriving associations. Aligned with the NEA Higher Ed (March 11–12) and NEA-Retired (March 14–16) conferences. NEA ESP Conference MARCH 19–21 & 26 CONFERENCE Virtual. The premier professional development opportunity for education support professionals across the nation enhances ESPs' skills and knowledge. Spring CUE MARCH 18–27 CONFERENCE Virtual. This educational technology conference offers more than 400 sessions with keynotes from world-re- nowned educators. CTA Institute for Teaching Grants MARCH 31 APPLICATION DEADLINE IFT 's Grant Program demonstrates what CTA members can do when they have the freedom to create and invent. Apply for Educator Grants up to $5,000 and Impact Grants up to $20,000. John Swett Awards APRIL 3 NOMINATION DEADLINE CTA's John Swett Awards for Media Excellence recognize media profes- sionals for outstanding coverage of education during 2020. New category: student journalism. CTA local chapters and Service Center Councils may nom- inate. EMEID Leadership Program APRIL 9 APPLICATION DEADLINE Members of color interested in leader- ship roles in CTA may apply online to the Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development program starting Feb. 16. Applicants will be notified by May 14. CCA Spring Conference APRIL 23–25 CONFERENCE Virtual. The Community College Association's conference highlights advocacy and features CCA's WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards. Special Education Conference APRIL 30–MAY 2 CONFERENCE Virtual. Join CTA's first-ever Special Ed Conference! CTA Conferences: Get the Credit You Deserve M E M B E R S W H O A T T E N D CTA's virtual conferences through May 2 (either live or by watching recordings) can accumulate the professional growth hours needed to qualify for university credit units (15 hours per one unit). Credit is free to members — as are the conferences — and is based on the number of sessions you attend. Go to for more and to register. February 's offerings: New Educator Weekend – 2021 Home Edition! FEB. 18–21 Everything educators need to be successful in their first years of teaching, including sessions on classroom management, special education, state standards, assessments, and more. Equity and Human Rights Conference – 2021 Home Edition! FEB. 24–27 Affirms CTA's mission to protect the civil rights of children and secure a more equitable, democratic society. Speakers and workshops give a greater understanding of diversity, equity and social justice. 9 F E B R U A R Y / M A R C H 2 0 21 I

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