California Educator

November 2015

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DECEMBER 7–13 E V E N T Computer Science Education Week CSEdWeek is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to get interested in computer science. Its focus is for students to participate in Hour of Code (a one-hour introduction to computer science and programming). Lesson plans are available for classrooms with or without computer access. Find out more: JANUARY 5 N O M I N A T I O N D E A D L I N E CTA Human Rights Awards These awards promote the development of programs for the advancement and protection of human and civil rights within CTA. Any active CTA member, chapter, caucus or Service Center Coun- cil may nominate a member, chapter or Service Center Council. Find out more: JANUARY 15 E N T R Y D E A D L I N E César E. Chávez Awards The César E. Chávez Memorial Education Awards provide recognition for students who submit visual arts projects or written essays (no biographies) that show under- standing of César Chávez's vision and guiding principles. Winners will receive recognition and up to $550 for both students and sponsoring CTA members. Submitters of a group entry (up to three students) will share the prize. Find out more: JANUARY 15–17 C O N F E R E N C E Issues Conference Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada "We Are CTA — Strengthening Our Voices Through Advocacy, Organizing and Inspira- tion." This conference offers urban, rural and ESP educators the opportunity to learn about current education issues, collaborate, invest in lasting relationships, and acquire skill sets. Find out more: FEBRUARY 1 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 edu- cators. Student Achievement Grants support improving academic achievement; Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development activities. Appli- cations are reviewed three times a year. Find out more: FEBRUARY 5 A P P L I C A T I O N D E A D L I N E CTA Scholarships The 2015-16 CTA Scholarship Program offers up to 34 scholarships of $5,000 for dependent children of CTA members, plus one $5,000 scholarship for a dependent child attending a continuation high school or alternative education program. There are up to five scholarships of $3,000 for CTA members completing college coursework, and up to three scholarships of $5,000 for Student CTA members. Applications must be submitted online by Feb. 5. Find out more: FEBRUARY 19 A P P L I C A T I O N D E A D L I N E Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships Aimed at helping members of ethnic minori- ties in preparing for teaching-related careers in public education, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund is supported by voluntary contributions from CTA mem- bers and the CTA Foundation for Teaching and Learning. An applicant must be an active CTA or Student CTA member, or a depen- dent child of a CTA member. Past recipients have received up to $6,000. Find out more: FEBRUARY 19–21 C O N F E R E N C E CCA Winter Conference Manhattan Beach Marriott The Community College Association's winter conference is dedicated to enhancing bar- gaining skills and coordinating bargaining strategies with other locals throughout the state. Bargaining teams are encouraged to attend. Find out more: FEBRUARY 26–28 C O N F E R E N C E Good Teaching Conference South Hyatt Regency Orange County The Good Teaching Conferences support excellent teaching and learning practices for K-12 teachers. They offer a variety of workshops in curriculum content areas, provide opportunities for professional development, and allow time to network with colleagues and experts. Find out more: End Student Hunger One in five kids in the U.S. doesn't get enough to eat. Educators know that if students are hungry, they have trouble concentrating and are vulnerable to emotional, behavioral and learning issues. If you or your local already buys snacks out of pocket for classes, sponsors food banks on campus, or has started an awareness campaign, the 2015 Challenge to End Student Hunger can help continue your efforts — or start new ones. NEA Member Benefits and NEA Healthy Futures in partnership with Bank of America will recognize 18 individuals and affiliates with awards of $1,000 to $5,000 in four categories. Winners will be selected based on application strength, need, project innovation and location. Applications, at, are due by noon on Dec. 4. Meanwhile, NEA members can help raise $50,000 in support without spending a dime: Go to, sign in and hit the "click here" button to have B of A contribute $1 on your behalf. #FightStudentHunger END HUNGER. 9 November 2015

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