California Educator

March 2017

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By @samdemuro Why I Pledge for Ed Show that you stand up for the public education all students deser ve. Here's how: Things to Do Now Following Betsy DeVos' confirma- tion as U.S. secretary of education, Upworthy published a list of 20 things you can do to support pub- lic ed. (Among them: Get involved with NEA/CTA!) When we posted the story to Facebook , members had a few items to add: Karen Leslie Coulthard: Take your child, neighbor, grandchild, sibling to the nearest museum and talk about art. Ask them about classes free or otherwise. Donate supplies or your time. Dianne Antonio: If you have children or grandkids, turn off electronic devices and discuss everything, read, read, read and let them see you reading and writing. Provide journals or blank paper. Increase your child's vocabulary by seeing things, doing things, going places, and discussing every aspect. Stress science. Visit librar- ies and study. Shop at your local college or university book store. Heather Orr: Put teachers on committees to write standards and curriculum, not businessmen. Matt Fuller: Become a teacher is top of my list. Meme of the Month #OurVoiceOurUnion #WeAreCTA For our full social media directory, see connect with us! wearecta @WeAreCTA californiateachers @WeAreCTA WeAreCTA Jamestown TA President Greg Haney, Desert Sands TA member Sandi Mangan, Arvin TA President Michael Flores-Castaneda. CTA's Disaster Relief Fund CTA educators were on the front lines helping their communities during the recent floods and evacuations. Social networks continue to be a great way to spread the word and help others during times of need. A post about our Disaster Relief Fund reached more than 11,000 people. Apply for a grant or donate at college or university book store. Heather Orr committees to write standards and curriculum, not businessmen. Matt Fuller top of my list. connect with us! • First, take the pledge. Visit • Second, visit and print out a sign. • Fill in why you took the pledge. • Have someone take a photo of you holding the sign. • Send us the photo at, or post on Twitter/Instagram with the hashtag #WhyIPledgeForEd. Can't wait to see you! 11 March 2017 in the know digital buzz

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