California Educator

August 2015

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SEPTEMBER 29 Application Deadline ESP Leadership Academy A training for 20 education support professional members interested in chapter leadership roles. Session 1 is Nov. 6-8; Session 2 is Feb. 26-28. Both sessions are in Burlingame. Accepted participants are reimbursed for travel, lodging, meals and fees. Find out more: Email or call 415-479-6616 OCTOBER 15 Application Deadline NEA Foundation Grants The NEA Foundation awards grants to educators: Student Achievement Grants support improving academic achievement; Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development activities. Applications are reviewed three times a year. Find out more: OCTOBER 16–18 Conference CCA Fall Conference DoubleTree by Hilton, San Jose The Community College Association's fall conference focuses on members' accomplishments and membership engagement. Find out more: NOVEMBER 1 Opt-Out Deadline Voluntary dues contribution Voluntary annual contributions by members support CTA Foundation's grants/scholarships and CTA's advocacy ef- forts. New members are automatically enrolled in the de- fault contribution of $10 for the CTA Foundation and $10 for advocacy. Members may change their allocation or opt out. New members have 30 days from the date of enroll- ment; previously enrolled members have a window from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1. Find out more: SEPTEMBER 18–20 Region I Leadership Conference Fairmont Hotel, San Jose OCTOBER 9–11 Region II Leadership Conference Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada Do you have what it takes to be an association leader? Learn the ropes or increase your skill set. Find out more: LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES SEPTEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15 Hispanic Heritage Month 2015: "Honoring our heritage, building our future" Celebrate contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to American society and culture. Hispanic/Latino students make up almost 53 percent of public school enrollment in California. The NEA website has resources to learn more, with lesson plans by grade level: Also, Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales will entrance young readers with its dreamlike narration and sumptuous visuals. See other California Reads recommendations below. Reading is the foundation of learning, and should be celebrated and promoted all year long. "California Reads" offers teacher-approved, quarterly book recommendations for multiple age groups, including adults. A study from the National Institute for Literacy found that a person who is not at least a modestly skilled reader by the end of third grade is quite unlikely to graduate from high school. Teachers can help foster a love of reading in kids with these first-quarter titles: Pre-K, Kindergarten Grades 1-2 Grades 3-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12 I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits Brave Girl by Michelle Markel Batman Science Series by Tammy Enz and Agnieszka Biskup The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider See for the complete list of recommended books for 2015-16. 9 V O L U M E 2 0 I S S U E 1

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