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September 2015

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2015–2016 SEPTEMBER 29 A P P L I C A T I O N D E A D L I N E ESP Leadership Academy This training is for 20 education support professional members interested in chapter leadership roles. Accepted participants will be reimbursed for travel, lodging, meals and fees. Session 1 will be Nov. 6-8. Session 2 will be Feb. 26-28, 2016. Both sessions will be in Burlingame. Find out more: Email or call 415-479-6616 OCTOBER 9–11 C O N F E R E N C E 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: OCTOBER 15 A P P L I C A T I O N D E A D L I N E 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 C O N F E R E N C E 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 O P T - O U T D E A D L I N E Voluntary dues contribution Voluntary annual contributions by members support CTA Foundation's grants/scholarships and CTA's advocacy efforts. New members are automatically enrolled in the default 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 enrollment; previously enrolled members have a window from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1. Find out more: NOVEMBER 13–15 C O N F E R E N C E GLBT Conference Fairmont Hotel, San Jose CTA's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Conference is open to all CTA members and addresses issues affecting the entire membership, students and the community. Apply for minority and small-chapter incentive grants by Sept. 29. Find out more: Make Schools Safe for GLBT Persons Need help creating a special presentation or project that promotes understanding and respect for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons? CTA's GLBT Guy DeRosa Safety in Schools Grant and Scholarship Program provides grants up to $2,500 for these efforts, as well as scholarships for members enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential or graduate program who understand the importance of GLBT educators as role models. The program promotes human and civil rights by making our public schools safe for GLBT persons. It's named in memory of CTA member and educator Guy DeRosa, a lifelong GLBT activist. Application deadline is Nov. 20. Find out more: Believe in Your Ideas What Do You Do With an Idea? is a 2015-16 California Reads recom- mendation for first- and second-graders, but it works its magic on all ages. Written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom, it tells the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea, until one day something amazing happens. This beautifully illustrated story will inspire students to welcome their ideas, give them space to grow and see what happens next. For more recommended books, see NOVEMBER 16–20 E V E N T American Education Week "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." American Education Week is celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving week and includes special observances to honor parents, education support professionals and substitute teachers. Find out more: 9 V O LU M E 2 0 I S S U E 2

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