California Educator

May / June 2016

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JUNE 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 $2,000 and $5,000 grants to educators: Student Achievement Grants support improving academic achievement; Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development activities. Applications are reviewed three times a year. JUNE 7 E L E C T I O N State Primary Election Find candidate recommendations and your personalized voter guide on the CTA website. JULY 2–7 C O N V E N T I O N NEA Representative Assembly Washington, D.C. With 8,000 delegates (including about 900 from California), the RA is the world's largest democratic deliberative body. CTA members will help set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. JULY 21–24 C O N F E R E N C E Presidents Conference Fairmont Hotel, San Jose This training is geared for local chapter leaders. New and second-year presidents and new community college chapter presidents begin on Thursday with specially tailored core training; others join them Friday for electives and workshops to enhance leadership skills. JULY 25 E N T R Y D E A D L I N E "Educators Are Every- where" photo contest While you're traveling this summer, take a photo of yourself with your favorite Edu- cator magazine. You may win a gi card for school supplies. Email with "Educators Are Everywhere" in the subject line, or tweet/Instagram @WeAreCTA #EducatorsAreEverywhere. Include your full name, your chapter, and a description of the photo. JULY 31–AUGUST 4 C O N F E R E N C E Summer Institute UCLA Conference Center, Los Angeles CTA's premier training workshop offers sessions in Instruc- tion and Professional Development (focusing on student engagement, assessment and school culture), Community Engagement and Coalition Building, Communications, Legal, Member Benefits, Charter Educators, Emerging Leaders, Bargaining, School Finance, and Tax Fairness. See page 49. Summer Reading When young Vasya Kandinsky first opened a paint box, he heard the colors "sing" and saw the sounds "dance." The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, by Barb Rosenstock, tells the story of one of the very first painters of abstract art, and how his unique perspectives and talents produced bold, groundbreaking works. For grades 1-2. This One Summer, by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, is a coming-of-age graphic novel for grades 9-12. Rose goes with her parents to a lake house every summer, and with her friend Windy she's had great times. But this summer is different. The prose and beautifully evocative illustrations capture the challenges of growing up, touching on topics such as changed friendships, divorce and sex. For more California Reads recommendations, see #californiareads Member Jennifer Cisneros at the Liberty Bell last summer. 9 May / June 2016

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