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Women's Equality Day Aug. 26 commemorates passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, but also calls attention to women's continuing efforts toward full equality, and to those who have made a difference. It's a great teaching topic for all ages, and Rad American Women A–Z can help. In this 2015 book, A is for Angela Davis, the iconic political activist; B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who helped shape the civil rights movement. You get the idea. Authors Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, both from the Bay Area, followed up last year with Rad Women Worldwide. Labor Day On Labor Day (Sept. 4) and every day, we celebrate the struggles, successes and hopes for a better future for America's working people. Teach students about labor in this country — including the history, the personalities, and contemporary issues and challenges. The American Labor Studies Center offers resources including videos and films, lesson plans, and primary sources for all grade levels; it even has content for educators who have limited time to incorporate the subject into their curriculum. See labor‑studies.org; for more resources, see nea.org/labor and cta.org/labor. International Day of Peace Mark the day, on Thursday, Sept. 21, with classroom, school or community activities that promote the ideals of peace, freedom and human dignity based upon genuine respect for an understanding of individual and cultural diversity. A few suggested activities: • Compile a class library of peacemaker biographies; read and discuss their lives. • Create, draw, write stories, poems and word puzzles about peace. • Select a country with which students will share letters, art and media of themselves with other students. • Start a peace garden or plant a tree. • Begin a peer conflict resolution program. More activities and information are available at cta.org/peaceday. The ESP Leadership Academy class of 2017 ESP Leadership Academy Education support professionals looking to grow into CTA leadership roles should apply for the 2018 ESP Leadership Academy, which helps participants understand CTA's organizational structure, communications and organizing projects specific to the interests of ESP members. Session 1 will be Feb. 2–4, 2018, in Burlingame. Session 2 will be April 6–8, 2018, in Los Angeles at CTA State Council. Those selected must commit to be involved for at least five years, and are reimbursed for travel, lodging, meals and fees. Check with your local president or CTA staff to begin the application process. Deadline to apply is Nov. 3. 8 cta.org In the Know C A L E N D A R Aug./Sept.

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