California Educator

October 2014

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CTA & You Grants CTA AWARDS AND GRANTS Honoring those whose good deeds do good W H O K N O W S B E S T what makes for excellence in teaching and learning? You do. That's why CTA provides numerous grants and scholarships. For example, all CTA members are eligible to apply for an Institute For Teaching (IFT) Educator Grant of up to $5,000, and local associations may apply for a Chapter Grant of up to $20,000, for projects that support strength-based, teach- er-driven change for students and public schools. Here's a small sample of what you're colleagues are accomplishing through IFT grants. IFT DEADLINE: April 30, 2015. MORENO VALLEY MATH LEAGUE (MVML) — Moreno Valley Educators Association Chapter Grant: $20,000 Many of the 3,000 or so attendees of last month's California Department of Education's STEM Symposium in San Diego, as well as dozens of presenters, were CTA members. One of the local STEM school programs showcased at the event was the Moreno Valley Math League (MVML). Coordinated by middle school math teacher DEEPIKA SRIVASTAVA, who says Moreno Valley teachers expanded the Moreno Valley Math League (MVML) program to all 8,000 MVUSD middle school students and their families through the IFT grant. MVML leaders are creating a student-centric learning environment where math classrooms are being transformed into learning laboratories. "We appreciate the successful partnership with CTA to expand this holistic mathematical program that inculcates passion for math and develops life-long learners," she says. BUILDING COMMUNITY WITH COMMUNITY — Curtis Creek Faculty Association Chapter Grant: $20,000 CCFA faculty are building "community with community" at Curtis Creek Elementary. Their sesquicentennial activities include a school mural depicting 150 years of the school's history synced with National history and an archaeological dig at a 1915 school site. LET'S GET OUTSIDE! — Palm Springs Teachers Association Chapter Grant: $10,000 James Workman Middle School Physical Education teachers are challenging their 7th and 8th-grade Adventure Classes to get outside by integrating a P.E. curriculum into various subject areas. Students are exploring bio-systems in the Coachella Valley and learning survival skills through camping labs. OTHER CTA AWARD PROGRAMS Nomination forms and deadlines are posted online at COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS CTA chapters, Service Center Councils and UniServs are recognized for regularly and effectively communicating with their members and communities. A W A R D S & GR A N T S • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Congratulation! Jamie Hyneman, host of Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel spoke to STEM conference participants about Mythbusters' unintentional success in popularizing science and demonstrating how deeply creative and fun (and necessary) STEM instruction can be. He and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson stopped by to view the work of MVML students. Courtesy photo 52

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