California Educator

April/May 2021

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Autism Awarness Month: April It's a time to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, help foster greater support and inspire a kinder, more inclusive world. Find information and resources at Inside California Education Season 4 of the public television series has started, with stories from all over the state covering K-12 and community college issues, challenges and successes. Tune in on your public T V station or Honor Our Fallen Use the Memorial Day holiday on May 31 as an opportunity to talk with students about those who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces and their legacies. Find their history at, and lesson plans and classroom activities at Aaron Burden/Unsplash California Day of the Teacher, May 12, and ESP Day, May 18 California Day of the Teacher and CTA's ESP Day are on May 12 and 18, respectively. Our 2021 theme: "Cultivating Minds and Healing Hearts." See a draft of the special poster celebrating both days on page 17, where you'll also find links to ways to show your appreciation, and learn about artist Audrey Chan. Note: May 12 is also School Nurse Day! New Mental Health & Well-being Resource The trauma associated with the pandemic and other events of the past year runs deep. With your well- being and mental health in mind, CTA has just launched a new Wellness Center. Multiple resources and tips, including links to our Mindful Mondays series, can help you cope with the mental and physical stresses of your classroom/school and life. Check it out at And read our story on a few ways educators are staying healthy and positive on page 28. 11 A P R I L / M AY 2 0 21

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