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October 2014

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EDITOR IN CHIEF STAFF WRITER CTA WEB EDITOR CTA WEB EDITOR EDITORIAL ASSISTANT WEB ASSISTANT Cynthia Menzel Sherry Posnick-Goodwin Karyn Ferrera Tiffany Hasker Craig Hamilton Gladdie Cabral PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT SECRETARY-TREASURER Dean E. Vogel Eric C. Heins Mikki Cichocki-Semo CTA ELECTED OFFICERS José Alcalá, Gayle Bilek, E. Toby Boyd, Tyrone V. Cabell, Elana Davidson, Don Dawson, Dana Dillon, Jerry Eaton, David Goldberg, Jim Groth, Terri Jackson, Leslie Littman, Sergio Martinez, Sonia Martin-Solis, Marty G. Meeden, George Melendez, Theresa Montaño, Michael Stone, Kendall Vaught, Curtis Washington Claudia Briggs, Scott Buschman, Laura Christman, Len Feldman, Stephen R. Harris III, Dina Martin, Mike Myslinski, Terry Ng, Jay Ortiz, Ed Sibby, Frank Wells BOARD OF DIRECTORS CONTRIBUTORS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ASSOCIATE EXEC. DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Joe Nuñez Rebecca Zoglman Jonathan Goldman California Educator is published for the information and edification of CTA members. The editorial philosophy is governed by the policies of CTA. Articles and advertising reflect that philosophy. Letters to the editor may be sent to Publication of advertising in the California Educator does not indicate CTA approval of the product or of the companies that purchase advertising. For advertising rates and information, contact Lisa Neely, COP Communications, Inc., 620 W. Elk Ave., Glendale, CA 91204 818-660-5828 CTA/NEA membership dues for the fiscal year (Sept. 1, 2014, to Aug. 31, 2015) are $824, including a $20 voluntary contribution (see for details). Up to $18.35 of CTA annual dues is designated for CTA/ABC political activities to support state and local candidates and/or initiatives and is not deductible for income tax purposes. Subscription to the California Educator is $10 per year, available to persons or institutions not eligible for CTA/NEA membership. CALI FOR N IA TEACH E RS ASSOCIATION 1705 Murchison Dr., Burlingame, CA 94010-4583 650-697-1400; fax 650-552-5002, EDITORIAL INFORMATION MISSION STATEMENT The California Teachers Association exists to protect and promote the well-being of its members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education; to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected; and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society. IF YOU COULD VISIT WITH ANYONE, ALIVE OR DEAD, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Ruth Bader Ginsburg My Dad J.K. Rowling Alfred Hitchcock Mahatma Gandhi Call for Details! 888-817-9538 Lowest Prices & Unmatched Value - Guaranteed! Grand Alaskan Tour & Cruise 12 days from $1599* Hawaii Four-Island Tour Discover Paradise 13 days from $1649* Departs February 20 & July 15, 2015. Discover remarkable scenery, dreamlike beaches and the "spirit of aloha" on the islands of - Oahu, Hawaii, Maui and Kauai. This tour will be accompanied throughout by one of our friendly Polynesian Tour Directors who add a unique cultural perspective to your experience. Featured highlights: a city tour of Honolulu, world- famous Waikiki Beach, Punchbowl Crater, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, the Wailua River Boat Cruise, Fern Grotto, The Old Whaling Capital of Lahaina, the Iao Valley, Hilo Orchid Gardens, Black Sand Beaches, Volcanoes National Park, Thurston's Lava Tube and more. Includes: quality hotels, inter-island flights, baggage handling, tour director, special events and escorted sightseeing on all four islands. Travel with other Educators! * PPDO. Plus $199 tax/service/government fees. Add $250 for February 20 th departure date. Alternate monthly departure dates available. Seasonal charges may apply. Add-on airfare available. Departs May 14, 2015. Discover Alaska by land and sea with pristine wilderness and breathtaking landscapes that starts in Anchorage. Visit the Iditarod Headquarters, famous for the annual sled dog race and Talkeetna at the base of Mt. McKinley. Tour Denali National Park, one of the world's largest great frontiers and enjoy city tours in Anchorage and Seward. See bears, elks and eagles at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center before boarding Holland America's ms Oosterdam for your 7-night cruise through the Gulf of Alaska and picturesque inside passage. Travel impressive Glacier Bay passing glaciers galore and sail to Haines, Juneau and Ketchikan. Disembark in Vancouver and enjoy a city tour before traveling to Seattle for your flight home. * PPDO. Based on inside stateroom, upgrades available. Plus $299 tax/ service/government fees. Alternate May - September 2015 departure dates available. Seasonal charges may apply. Add-on airfare available. galore and sail to Haines, Juneau and Ketchikan. Disembark

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