California Educator

August 2016

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CALENDAR CCA FALL CONFERENCE OCTOBER 7–9 CONFERENCE Sheraton Grand Sacramento. The Community College Association's fall conference focuses on member engagement and offers a variety of trainings. NEA FOUNDATION GRANTS OCTOBER 15 APPLICATION DEADLINE The NEA Foundation awards 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. VOLUNTARY DUES CONTRIBUTION NOVEMBER 1 OPT-OUT DEADLINE Voluntary annual contributions by members support CTA Foundation's grants/scholarships and CTA's advocacy efforts. New members are automatically enrolled in the default contribution of $10 for the CTA Foundation and $10 for advocacy. Members may change their allocation or opt out. New members have 30 days from the date of enrollment; previously enrolled members have a window from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 8 ELECTION Be sure to vote and help get out the vote! Check out CTA's recommendations and your personalized voter guide online. LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES REGION I LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 23–25 Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. Keynote speaker is Earl Wiman, member of NEA's Executive Committee. He helped shape NEA's "Leading the Professions" initiative and currently serves on the Accountability Task Force, which is developing plans for a system of public school accountability and support that moves beyond testing. REGION II LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OCTOBER 14–16 Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada. Do you have what it takes to be an association leader? Learn the ropes or increase your skill set. Labor Day, Sept. 5, is a time for students to learn about the value and dignity of work and why we honor working men and women. Check out, and for lesson plans and resources. The holiday is also a time to appreciate organized labor's role in our democracy. Strong unions help mitigate extreme inequalities, as has been noted by the Economic Policy Institute and many others. #WeAreCTA Gender Equality Aug. 26 is Women's Equality Day, commemorating the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. Although California has a strong equal-pay law, women worldwide still lag behind men in terms of pay, representation in top leadership roles, and access to opportunity and resources. Get lesson plans at and the National Women's History Museum ( Above, supporters of the women's suffrage movement on the march. Honor Workers 8 in the know

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