California Educator

October 2014

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CTA & You Partnerships CTA PARTNERSHIPS CTA supports Vision To Learn, which solves a problem affecting students who lack the glasses they need to read, study, and partic- ipate in class. Kids in low-income communities and minorities are disproportionately affected by inadequate access to care. Vision To Learn helps solve the problem by bringing trained opticians and optometrists in mobile eye clinics to Title I elementary schools and other youth organizations to offer free eye exams and free glasses. Vision To Learn started two years ago in Los Angeles and is ex- panding. VTL has screened over 120,000 kids in Los Angeles and Sacramento, provided over 20,000 with eye exams and more than 16,000 with free glasses. Several local CTA chapters are now working with VTL to help their students. Would you like to recommend an elementary school Vision To Learn As parents, we have our child's eyes checked prior to first grade and periodically after that. As educators, we know that defects in vision may hold back the learning process for our students. for the VTL Bus to visit? Find a nomination form at under the FAQs link. A VTL study by the UCLA School of Medicine and Public Health shows VTL's efforts are improving student performance, behavior and self-esteem. "The UCLA results…confirm what our teach- ers have been telling us — kids need to see the board and read the words on a page to learn," says CTA President Dean E. Vogel. "It's nice to see real results that will help improve public edu- cation in California." 50

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