California Educator

February 2014

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editor's Note The Courtship of Eddie's Father described a parent-teacher conference when a thirdgrader pointed to a gentleman and said, "Do you want to marry my dad?" Do you remember the 1970s sitcom featuring young Eddie, who hopes to find the ideal wife for his widower father and a great mom for himself ? I've seen it in reruns, of course. In my friend's case, she met her future husband at a union meeting. My mom and dad started "courting" at school. Friends have found their children at school, adopting or fostering students. Valentine's Day isn't just for couples, in my book. Enjoy reading what happens when Cupid comes to the classroom on page 10. TH AT'S HOW A F R I E N D D E PA RT M E N T S Know&Tell Know & Tell introduces useful and fun tips and provides the latest on scholarships, grants and resources. Our work is like a courtship. Organizing, networking and building relationships to make positive change is part of our history. In 1975, for example, two friends fought for maternity leave rights. Their story on page 39 gives a new meaning to "labor history." Naturally, we come together to help students succeed. I LOVE reading about members who are helping immigrant students survive and thrive in a melting-pot type of school in Modesto (page 44). Another excellent example is on page 24: Fullerton, Long Beach and Vista teachers, students and college faculty are taking teaching and learning to a whole new level at lab schools. It's time for Read Across America, so your colleagues are sharing their expertise and recommending books through CTA's California Reads program. Read all about it on page 48. And local educators share their classroom expertise and experience serving on school boards. On page 32, see how locally elected educators in Richmond, Merced, West Sacramento and Buellton work their dual roles. Perspectives Perspectives amplifies members' voices and includes the ever-popular Point/Counterpoint series, plus guest columns, and book and movie reviews. Advocacy Advocacy showcases the great work of CTA members in the bargaining, member rights and legislative arenas. Learning Learning highlights members' best practices and practical advice and showcases education trends. CTA&You CTA & You covers all things CTA, including events such as State Council, trainings and conferences, plus member benefits and services. Speaking of extracurricular activities, I'm bummed about the 49ers loss, but a Suisun City member's side job as statistician for the NFL team is enlightening (page 17). And meet a history and economics teacher whose students started a new business giving guided tours in San Jose (page 22). There is something for just about everyone in this month's magazine, including great resources such as CTA's new Common Core spiral progressions (page 43) and the latest on school funding. CTA's State Council of Education is meeting as we go to press. Remember, you can get the latest updates on CTA events and public education issues at As always, let me know what you think of this magazine, and if you have story ideas to suggest. Cynthia Menzel EDITOR IN CHIEF Read about the rest of the story online! Go behind the scenes and read how CTA freelance photographer Scott Buschman helps students and teachers feel at ease to get the great photos you see in this magazine at Find additional photos from stories at 8 Educator 02 Feb 2014 v2.1 int.indd 8 FE B RUARY 20 14 1/27/14 3:51 PM

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