California Educator

March 2016

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MARCH 25 A P P L I C A T I O N D E A D L I N E SCTA Scholarships Scholarships are offered to Student CTA members: four $250 scholarships to community college students; three $500 scholarships to undergraduates at a four- year university; three $500 scholarships to graduate students at a four-year university; two $250 scholarships to ethnic minority members; and two $250 scholarships to undocumented students. APRIL 1 N O M I N A T I O N D E A D L I N E 2015 John Swett Awards The 57th annual John Swett Awards for Media Excellence honor journalists for outstanding coverage of public education issues in publications and electronic media during 2015. Nominations must be submit- ted by CTA local chapters or Service Center Councils. Entries are judged by panels of independent media professionals. APRIL 15–17 C O N F E R E N C E CCA Spring Conference Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa The Community College Association's spring conference highlights lobbying and contract enforcement issues, and features the presentation of CCA's WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards. APRIL 15–17 C O N F E R E N C E Good Teaching Conference North Fairmont, San Jose The Good Teaching Conferences support excellent teaching and learning practices for K-12 teachers. They offer a variety of work- shops in curriculum content areas, provide opportunities for professional development, and allow time to network with colleagues and experts. Registration deadline is March 31. #ctagtc Preconference event on Friday, April 15: IFT Teacher Innovation Expo, sponsored by CTA's Institute for Teaching. Engage with teacher-driven, strength-based innovation. See project presentations by IFT grant recipients. Gain insights into the IFT grant selection process. Registration is free. APRIL 30 A P P L I C A T I O N D E A D L I N E IFT Grants CTA Institute for Teaching's grant program demonstrates what teachers can do when they have the freedom to create and invent. CTA members can apply for strength-based Educator Grants up to $5,000 and Impact Grants up to $20,000. #teacherdrivenchange MAY 6 A P P L I C A T I O N D E A D L I N E EMEID Leadership Program The Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development Program identifies ethnic minority members who want to expand their roles in the organization. Participants are paired with a coach who assists them in defining and achieving goals. Participants must commit to attending the Emerging Leaders track at Summer Institute. Applicants will be notified by May 27. MAY 11 E V E N T School Nurse Day National School Nurse Day honors school nurses on the Wednesday of National Nurses Week (May 6-12). MAY 11 E V E N T California Day of the Teacher "Leaders of Learning." California's celebra- tion, arising from legislation co-sponsored by CTA and the Association of Mexican American Educators, is patterned aer the traditional Día del Maestro festival. MAY 17 E V E N T CTA ESP Day Recognize the vital contributions of educa- tion support professionals during ESP Week (May 15-21). APRIL 1 D E A D L I N E T O S U B M I T O B J E C T I O N S Disclosure of Students' Personal Data Plaintiffs in a court case, Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. California Department of Education, are seeking disclosure of CDE records including pro- tected personal information of children with disabilities, children who have been assessed for special education, and children who attend or have attended a Califor- nia school at any time since Jan. 1, 2008. The U.S. District Court issued a protective order that prevents any party from disclosing confidential information acquired in the lawsuit to the public. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, reiterating his strong commitment to protecting student privacy, reminds all parents, guardians, and former students over age 18 that they have the opportunity to object to the release of their records to the plaintiffs. Failure to submit an objection in writing by April 1 will be deemed a waiver of the right to object. MARCH 31 E V E N T César Chávez Day Honor the legacy of the civil rights activist and labor leader who so effectively organized farm- workers and communities in the 1960s, '70s and beyond. For ideas for classroom activities and curriculum, see 9 March 2016

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