California Educator

August/September 2021

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August / September 2021 V O L U M E 2 6 I S S U E 1 MAGAZINE DIGITAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MEMBER BENEFITS LET'S TALK ABOUT YOU To best support students, you must feel supported as well. Here's how some educators are doing it. PAGE 23 A TEACHER'S NEW VOW What I learned after a year of watching my students battle what no kids should ever have to face. PAGE 15 PANDEMIC PERSPECTIVES Members reflect on personal, professional change. PAGE 44 WHAT YOU DID THIS SUMMER Teaching summer school turned out to be a good way to ease kids — and teachers — back to school. PAGE 48 CHATBOTS IN CLASS Bots can help answer basic questions, customize indi- vidual student content, and more. PAGE 54 LEARNING VIA FOOTBALL 49ers EDU's standards- aligned STEAM curriculum. PAGE 51 community/49ersedu LIT FROM WITHIN Horror, punctuation, eti- quette! New(ish) work by our members. PAGE 60 W H A T ' S H A P P E N I N G N O W #WeAreCTA OUR VOICE, OUR UNION, OUR PROFESSION BACK-TO-SCHOOL DEALS School supplies, tech gear: Save up to 50 percent on all you need with CTA Access to Savings. PAGE 59 access FOR MEMBERS ONLY Find exclusive offers, discounts on life's essentials, including home and auto insurance, financial services, shopping, travel and entertainment. YOUR YEAR AHEAD Mark your calendar to take advantage of 2021-22 CTA conferences and events. Coming up: CCA's Fall Conference, Oct. 15-17, and the LGBTQ+ Issues Con- ference, Oct. 29-31. PAGE 9 STEAM CENTRAL This year 's California STEAM Symposium, Oct. 21-23, offers a discount for CTA members. PAGE 13 1 Photo: Brooke Segler, San Luis Coastal TA, welcomes her seventh graders back to school by asking them to complete the sentence "I am..." and posting responses on the classroom wall. A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 0 21

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