California Educator

May / June 2016

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C T A ' S Good Teaching Conference North took place in San Jose in April, with more than 1,200 educators in attendance. Led by classroom teachers, participants dis- cussed latest education trends and research-based practices for the classroom. ey networked with colleagues and experts. And no doubt they made significant and immediate impacts on students when they returned home after an intense but rewarding two days. See stories and social media posts from #CTAGTC North: —Mike Myslinski Good Teaching, Good Learning Liz Miller, Curtis Creek Faculty Association, talks about the value of her CTA Institute for Teaching grant project. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of her elementary school in Tuolumne County in 2015, it included murals, a two-day community fair of student work, and archaeological digs. "We had some wonderful responses from past teachers, past staff that had worked at our school, that they were just real proud to be part of our organization." CTA President Eric Heins speaks to attendees about union values and goals that unite educators. "We have to be able to speak up and tell our stories to the broadest reaches of the profession. Go back and talk to your colleagues and connect with them about what's important in your local district, what's important to you, and what's important to them as an educator. And listen to why." Leading the workshop "Postmodern Approaches to Learning and Teaching," Dan Reynolds of Mt. Diablo Education Association says: "The postmodernists, they're not going to give up — they're also going to be playful — in the face of a scientific truth that says we can destroy ourselves by pushing a couple of buttons." Lisa Fogg and daughter Leanne Fogg, both members of Cloverdale Teachers Association and first-timers at GTC. "It's good to be surrounded by other people who share the same goals and interests as you do," says Leanne. "The energy here is just real powerful," says Lisa. Highlights: 52 For over 10 years, the Institute for Girls' Development has been providing therapeutic and empowering services for girls, young women, their families, and their circles of community. Join us this summer for one or more of our professional trainings! Online registration is easy through our website store. PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS 2016 Hardiness Zones for Girls: Helping Girls Thrive In and After School (for professionals working with middle and high school girls) Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9am-4pm The STAND UP! SPEAK OUT!™ 2-Day Curriculum Training (for professionals helping girls navigate their friendship worlds) Thursday & Friday, July 21-22, 2016 9am-4pm Mindfulness Tools: Helping Children & Teens Stress Less and Connect More Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:30am – 3:30pm Open to educators, school counselors, mental health professionals and youth program leaders. (Continuing education credit is available for mental health professionals through Illuminated Education our continuing education partner) Register now at Pasadena, CA 626-585-8075 Learn practical tools you can use right away. Find out about current research. Meet colleagues and build collaborations.

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