California Educator

March 2016

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WHAT'S NEW AT CTA.ORG THE BENEFITS OF DEFINED BENEFITS Check out the CTA website's revamped Retirement section and read new reports and studies describing how defined benefits programs are best for educators. CTA 2015 JOHN SWETT AWARDS The John Swett Awards, named for CTA's founder, honor newspaper, broadcast and online journalists for coverage of Califor- nia public education in 2015. MEET NEA DIRECTORS FROM CALIFORNIA Several CTA members — 18 including three alternates — serve on NEA's Board of Directors. These educators represent California for the nation's policymaking body. Engaging Parents of English Learners: Kindergarten teacher Douglas Wheeler at Bayview Elementary in Richmond builds an inclusive community in his classroom by encouraging parents to participate. KATIE BURNETTE No game night. No science night. No reading, scoring, and inputting (to a spread- sheet) pre- and post-writing genre assessments. No grad- ing essays. No grading tests. No researching information for rigorous projects. CLARA DIVELBISS No sports. No competitions. No music programs. No teacher collaboration to improve teaching techniques. MELINA MASSETTI No open house, no back to school night, no conferences, no work displayed on class- room walls. JENNIFER NEWTON ENGEL No thoughtful, differentiated prep of their lessons. JAY DAVIS No cheerleaders, no science club, no debate team. DEBBIE MOORE WAGNER Don't forget those of us who work out of the classroom in support positions. Our days are very long and many times unappreciated. SVETLANA LAZAROVA No field trips. No award cere- monies. No clubs. KELLI HAGUE-SHAW No school gardens. JAYNE LECKY Amazing new NGSS engag- ing activities/lesson plans! I am doing a project in my class, and the kids love it. Took me over 20 hours of planning time. I am also doing a plastic waste prevention project in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Drove there and back 3 times on the weekend — my own time, my own dime. JO WELLS No student art exhibits! MICHELLE MENSER-DEBLOIS No robotics club! NICOLE ROSCHAK No report cards. SHARON BOMIO No school yearbooks. BILL PIERCE Let's also not forget the days if not weeks before school starts to get our rooms ready for the first day of school. Our district provides us one "paid day" to work in our rooms before school starts. Newer teachers typically report 3 weeks early, and the average teacher starts at least 1 week early. JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Video What would happen if teachers just worked an eight-hour day? Readers took to Instagram and Facebook to respond. Add to the list at #ThankAnEducator. TWITTER @cateachersassoc INSTAGRAM @cateachersassoc FACEBOOK californiateachersassociation YOUTUBE CaliforniaTeachers For the latest news and stories, see 10

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