California Educator

March 2015

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GOOD TEACHING CONFERENCES AGAIN MEET INSTRUCTIONAL NEEDS Technology, depth of knowledge, standards, classroom management C T A C O N T I N U E S T O M E E T T H E N E E D S of members by supporting teachers in their classrooms with the chang- ing instructional climate and by providing quality professional development through the Good Teaching Conference North, held in February in San Jose, and the Good Teaching Conference South, which runs March 20-22 in San Diego. Popular sessions center on technology, writing strategies, implementing the new standards, and classroom management. Some sessions address new state laws and human rights issues, such as "Developing Positive School Disciplinary Alternatives Through the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)" and "Including the FAIR Act (SB 48) in the Classroom." There are special education workshops geared toward moderate to severe learning disabilities and integrating the Common Core State Standards. A pre-conference session, "Putting the Common Core Standards Into Practice," includes a review of four domains delineated by the Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC): students, pedagogy, content, and the new Smarter Balanced assessments. (ILC is a "teachers teaching teach- ers" project, the result of a partnership between CTA, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, and the National Board Resource Center. These ILC con- cepts are embedded in CTA trainings so presentations are framed around supporting student learning. See page 52.) A l s o o f f e re d i s a n o t h e r p re - c o n f e re n c e s e s s i o n , " T h e E d u c a t o r ' s G u i d e t o S a v i n g a n d I n v e s t i n g for Retirement." Conferences CTA & You 50

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