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August 2016

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O ffer scintillating workshops on essential topics not covered in college. Woo them with dinner. row in professional advice and some mentoring. Be there for them. at's what one Orange County chapter is doing to let student teachers know that CTA cares, is relevant, and provides a strong support system for those on the verge of entering the profession. Creating a student-teacher bond By SHERRY POSNICK- GOODWIN Photos by SCOTT BUSCHMAN Clockwise from top left, APLE President Linda Manion; Frank Jahn, who runs APLE's student engagement program; and program participants Ellie Blanchard, Amber Han and Paula Alcantar. Strategies to Connect With Student Educators Leaders of the Association of Placentia-Linda Edu- cators (APLE) wanted to bridge the generation gap, revitalize their chapter with new, young teachers, and offer workshops to help new teachers succeed. Initially, they weren't sure if they should reach out to college students ready to enter the profession, or make contact after they had graduated and started teaching in OC schools. Eventually, they said " W hy wait?" and extended a warm welcome to student teachers in their fifth year of a credential program at CSU Fullerton. "We decided it was important to create a connection before they enter the profession," relates APLE President Linda Manion. "We can help them prepare for a teaching career and then build on that connection." e blossoming relationship between student teach- ers and veterans not only benefits the students, but also instills APLE members with new energy, enthusiasm and satisfaction from contributing to the greater good. WORKSHOPS: PRACTICAL ADVICE AND REALITY CHECKS Amber Han is practicing her teacher voice and saying "ahhhhh" as loudly as she can. She has learned that the 46 CTA & you member engagement

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