California Educator

September 2013

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CTA &You Conferences Here's what WE did last summer CTA members and leaders enjoyed setting the direction for the National Education Association at the Representative Assembly (RA); networking with like-minded colleagues from California and across the U.S.; learning skills and strategies to be better leaders and educators at conferences; and experiencing education as students at CTA workshops. See more photos at NEA Representative Assembly (Atlanta) Delegates call for a moratorium on using test results associated with the Photo by Kelly Fry, Mid-Del ACT Common Core standards, except to inform instruction, until states and districts work with educators to create authentic, locally-developed curriculum, assessments and professional development related to the Common Core. Find details of NEA RA action at A devastating tornado hit Moore, Okla., last May, damaging two schools, killing seven students and injuring dozens more. While OEA President Linda Hampton (left) and Moore teacher Jill Dudley (right) thank affiliates for supporting the OEA Tornado Relief Fund, delegates are brought to tears by CTA member Ken Tang's very generous class donation and letters from his students. Presidents Conference (San Jose) "Nothing is more determinative of our future than how we teach our children," says Gov. Jerry Brown when he is named America's Greatest Education Governor by NEA RA delegates for investing smartly in public schools and boldly calling for less reliance on high-stakes standardized testing. Networking, leadership, education and association issues — all this and more were on tap for CTA's local leaders. NEA Directors (left to right) Sonia MartinSolis, Sergio Martinez, and Doreen McGuireGrigg encourage members to donate to the NEA Fund for Public Education. 64 Educator 09 Sep 2013 v3.6 int.indd 64 "This is my first Presidents Conference, and I've learned so much about leadership, advocacy, the law, bargaining — I'm excited to take this back and work with leaders and members of the CFA." Erma Jean Sims, California Faculty Association, CSU Sonoma S E P T E M B E R 2013 9/3/13 2:27 PM

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