California Educator

August/September 2021

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CALENDAR August / September 2021 Welcome Back! T H E N E W S C H O O L Y E A R is always an exciting time — it's a fresh start for both educators and students, particularly after the challenges of the past year. Warm welcome to all! Celebrate Working People L A B O R D A Y this year is Monday, Sept. 6, and honors the struggles and contributions of working people. Labor unions have long fought for workers' rights; CTA has advocated for educators' and students' rights since our founding in 1863. Teach students about labor unions — find resources at, and "Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope" is the 2021 theme of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Mark the month with your students with activities, lesson plans and other resources found at and for-teachers. There are many Latinx trailblazers students can learn about, including California Secretary of Labor Natalie Palugyai (pictured), the first Latina to hold the position, appointed in July by Gov. Gavin Newsom. AUG. 26 W H I L E T H E 19th Amendment (1920) promised all American women the right to vote, that didn't happen for Native American women until 1924, Chinese American women until 1943, Japanese and other Asian American women until 1952, and African American women until passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Talk to students about the meaning of equality and the work needed to achieve it — at all levels — for women and others in this country. Resources at National Women's History Alliance Maria Alejandra Hernandez, Planeando sobre hierro y quebracho; courtesy Hispanic Heritage Month 8 In the Know

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