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February 2016

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At left, EMEID's class of 2015-16. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for next year's class by May 6 (see details below left). trainings, conferences and events. Once accepted, participants are teamed with a staff coach and a CTA Board member, who guide them in setting and achieving their goals. "What participants do depends on their goals," says Nicole Love, CTA co-consultant to the program. "ey could be inter- ested in leadership, or bargaining, or getting on the membership engagement committee, for example." A t o t a l o f 2 0 p a r t i c i p a n t s f r o m a l l f o u r C TA re g i o n s are sel e ct ed each year. Th e sel e ction pro cess, L ove say s, i s c omp etitive. Like Normand, Maya Walker is an EMEID alum from 2014. e library technician at Hayward High School and Burbank Elementary in Hayward i s p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t m a k i n g s u r e l i b r a r y b o ok s, re s ourc e s and materials are accessi- ble to all students. Her EMEID experience was eye-opening. "Prior to my partici- pation in EMEID, I did n o t f u l ly u n d e r st a n d how CTA functions as an organization," Walker w r o t e i n a y e a r - e n d assessment of the pro- gram. "Now, I constantly find myself explaining how it works and trying to get more members, especially ethnic minority members, to become more involved." In January, Walker took a leading role in support of CTA and its fight to be an effective voice for students, speaking to the assembled crowd from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court during the oral arguments in the Friedrichs v. CTA case. "It was really amazing to be there the day of oral arguments that would determine the future for working Americans," Walker says. "Everyone at the rally had great energy, and to be the final speaker, to give everybody the energy to go forward, was an incredible high." Learning From the Field Angela Normand, at right, with her EMEID coach Rosemary Louissant. Participants network and learn from one another; Angela Stegall, Marysville Unified Teachers Association, presents; Jon Snyder, executive director of SCOPE, speaks. CTA's Instructional Leadership Corps (ILC) held its "Learning From the Field" conference Jan. 22-23 in Irvine. Educators discussed their experience in vari- ous situations, such as implementing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in elementary schools, and reaching adult learners. ILC is a three-year project to build a statewide network of accomplished teachers who support implementation of the Common Core State Standards and NGSS, and who serve as a resource for other CTA members. ILC is a partnership among CTA, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and the National Board Resource Center at Stanford University. For more information about ILC, see 51 February 2016

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