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February/March 2021

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Februar y / March 2021 V O L U M E 2 5 I S S U E 4 MAGAZINE DIGITAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MEMBER BENEFITS SET YOUR GOALS NOW How to address professional growth while you're in pan- demic survival mode. PAGE 53 YES, TRY THIS AT HOME No lab? No problem. Biotech teachers make science kits for their students. PAGE 48 EXCELLENT STEM EDUCATORS California finalists for national presidential awards. PAGE 58 TEACHING AN INSURRECTION Educators help students process violent events threat- ening democracy at the U.S. Capitol. PAGE 44 HIDDEN TALENTS, REVEALED We asked, you answered — in GIFs! PAGE 14 YOUR COVID-19 RESOURCES Including the latest on vac- cines, FAQs for educators and more. TAKE ACTION TODAY Tell leaders and lawmakers we must reopen schools #OnlyWhenItsSafe. PAGE 12 our-advocacy/action-center READ ACROSS AMERICA Coming on March 2! Let's get ready to read. PAGE 10 W H A T ' S H A P P E N I N G N O W #WeAreCTA OUR VOICE, OUR UNION, OUR PROFESSION MONEY SMARTS Use the tools at our Financial Wellness Center to get the most out of your money and achieve your financial goals. RETIREMENT SMARTS CTA's high-quality, low-cost Retirement Savings Plan is built specifically for you. STUDENT LOAN SMARTS Got debt? Use the NEA Student Debt Navigator to find your best options. NEW GUIDE FOR YOU CTA's "Distance & Hybrid Teaching Practices" is a prac- tical, classroom-level review for all educators. PAGE 30 GET YOUR CREDIT! Attend CTA's conferences this spring to get professional growth hours to qualify for university credit units. PAGE 9 1 F E B R U A R Y / M A R C H 2 0 21 Photo: Saddleback Valley Educators Association's Kathy Adair in class; story on page 26.

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