California Educator

February/March 2023

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Enter the César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Award Program This program provides recog- nition for educators and their students who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles embraced by César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta. Catego- ries include written essays and visual art. Pre-K to higher education students and their sponsoring CTA member educators can receive up to $550 each. Deadline is March 3; for details, go to Heads up! There will be a silent auction of past recipients' artwork at CTA's Equity and Human Rights Conference, March 17-19 in Santa Clara. For conference information go to Honoring César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Educators can celebrate the lives of labor and civil rights icons César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in March and April. Cesar Chavez Day is March 31, a state holiday in California. Dolores Huerta Day is on April 10, which this year marks her 93rd birthday. Show students that change is possible through the lessons of their lives. The State Board of Education offers model curriculum and resources about Chávez's life and work, for all grade levels, at Several years ago, a team of educators including CTA members worked with the Dolores Huerta Foundation to develop K-12 curriculum based on Huerta's life and legacy; find it at CTA Is Here for You Members who experience significant losses due to natural and other disasters in California — such as what may have occurred during recent storms — may be eligible for assistance through the CTA Disaster Relief Fund. Grants include: Standard Grant — up to $1,500 for significant economic hardship related to damage to primary residence, displacement or disruption in required utilities. Catastrophic Damage Grant — recipients of the Standard Grant may be eligible for up to another $1,500 if damages exceed $50,000. Temporary Displacement Grant — up to $500 for those displaced from their primary residence as the result of a disaster, but who do not meet the requirements for a Standard Grant. School Site Grant — members may receive up to $500 for damage to their classroom or school site. Find information about these and other grants and qualifications at, or call CTA Member Benefits at 650-552-5200. 2022 winning artwork by Eveline Garcia (teacher Blanca E. Munoz), then in 9th grade, Napa High School 12 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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