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August 2016

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THE YEAR AHEAD Sept. 23–25 Region I Leadership Conference San Jose Oct. 7–9 CCA Fall Conference Sacramento Oct. 14–16 Region II Leadership Conference Reno, Nevada Oct. 21–23 State Council of Education Statewide GOTV Dec. 9–11 GLBT Issues Conference Palm Springs Jan. 20–22, 2017 Issues Conference Las Vegas, Nevada Jan. 27–29, 2017 March 24–26, 2017 June 2–4, 2017 State Council of Education Los Angeles Feb. 3–5, 2017 Good Teaching Conference North San Jose Feb. 24–26, 2017 CCA Winter Conference Los Angeles March 3–5, 2017 Equity and Human Rights Conference San Jose March 17–19, 2017 Good Teaching Conference South Garden Grove April 21–23, 2017 CCA Spring Conference Manhattan Beach July 20–23, 2017 Presidents Conference San Jose July 30–Aug. 3, 2017 Summer Institute Los Angeles 2016-17 A new year means a new batch of great teacher-recommended books to engage students. This fall's stellar selection includes tales with messages about being true to yourself and the meaning of friendship. Highlights: Mañana, Iguana (grades 1-2), by Ann Whitford Paul and illustrated by Ethan Long, finds Iguana asking Conejo (rabbit), Tortuga (tortoise) and Culebra (snake) for help in throwing a party. But her lazy friends make excuses, and she does everything herself. Come party time, when her friends are not invited, they realize their mistake. When people look at the title character in George (grades 6-8), by Alex Gino, they think they see a boy. But George knows she's a girl. She hopes that if she can nab the role of Charlotte in her class's production of Charlotte's Web, her mom will finally see her as a girl and accept the fact that George is transgender. With the help of her ally Kelly, she comes up with a plan to get the rest of the world to know who she is, once and for all. Other fall 2016 California Reads recommendations: Moo Hoo, by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Mike Lowery; Mystery of the Giant Masks of Sanxingdui, by Icy Smith, illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski; and Dumplin', by Julie Murphy. For the complete list, see cta.org/ californiareads. 9 August 2016

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