California Educator

September 2015

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It's an awareness issue that we address in "Lower That Loan" (page 54). Edu- cators with college debt often don't realize they might be able to have their loans reduced or erased, or that payments can be based on income. Eligibility for pro- grams varies, and the application process is complex. But no one should walk away from free money. Our cover story this month, "Tech Support" (page 24), looks at teachers' tech literacy. New apps and programs to teach, communicate and get organized seem to pop up every nanosecond, and with educators' packed schedules, it's hard to keep up. We showcase several sites throughout the state where teachers successfully carve out precious time to share knowledge and train one another — and their students. On the other hand, despite good intentions, some districts fail to provide effective tech training and support. And some educators are reluctant or anxious about stepping into what appears to be a confusing vortex. Our story's tech-savvy teachers offer a few ways to build up your confidence. Speaking of feeling anxious, you'll want to read about rising rates of debilitating anxiety among students (page 30). The spike is due, experts say, to increased expectations and pressures on young people in the classroom, at home and on social media. Educators can help students cope through counseling, mindfulness and meditation exercises, and by simply allowing them space. Two articles in this issue grapple with the need for ethnic studies classes. There's no question that California's diverse student population demands dif- ferent perspectives when teaching history and social studies. But whether ethnic studies should be a requirement or an elective is a hot topic. Members voice their opinions in "Point/Counterpoint" (page 22), and you'll grasp what's happening in class right now in "Inclusive Points of View" (page 44). Finally, we've started a new standing feature called "Your Whole Life" (page 16). As the name implies, it recognizes educators' broader existence beyond school, and offers useful tips and trends for a smarter, healthier you. Let me know what you'd like to see in it at Katharine Fong E D I T O R I N C H I E F Get Out of Debt When it comes to student loan forgiveness programs, there's money being left on the table. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says one-quarter of the U.S. workforce could qualify for favorable loan repayment options for those in public-service fields, including edu- cation. But relatively few take advantage of them. Editor's Note 7 V O LU M E 2 0 I S S U E 2 CSUN's online Master of Arts in EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION is an award-winning program that prepares K-12 educators for a variety of leadership positions, including Princi- pals, Superintendents, Department Heads, Program Managers, Directors, Site Administrators and more. Designed to help teachers transform education. • 2 year program, 100% online • Flexible schedule for working adults • Exceptional support services Apply Now For Spring 2016 SHAPE EDUCATION from Beyond the Classroom Get more information

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