California Educator

December / January 2017

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New Educator Weekend I T ' S B A C K ! The New Educator Weekend, geared for those in their first three years of teaching, is a new t ype of conference for CTA members. In addition to plent y of time to connect with colleagues, its workshops and trainings are ever y thing new educators need, with topics such as : • Classroom management • Navigating IEPs • Working with colleagues, administration and parents • Common Core , state standards, assessments and pedagogy Come early on Friday for a free pre-conference session tailored to educators' professional and personal lives with topics such as understanding your contract and financial planning. Check out what participants said last year at #CTANEW, such as: Feb. 23-25, SFO Marriott Waterfront, Burlingame (hotel cut-off is Feb. 7). Register at $49 members, $10 Student CTA, $250 nonmembers. Connect with #CTANEW. The Promise of Free Community College A S S E M B L Y B I L L 19 , the California College Promise, is now law. Authored by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), the bill allows first-time, full-time students to attend their local community college free for the first year. The name and program are modeled after the Long Beach College Promise, which began in 2008 to help Long Beach Unified School District graduates attend Long Beach City College and CSU Long Beach. Similar programs are now in place in other cities. (In February 2017, San Francisco announced that City College of San Francisco would offer free tuition for city residents.) The earliest the free tuition for all community colleges could go into effect is fall 2018, provided the Legislature budgets some $31 million to pay for the expected 19,000 additional students who would take advantage of the tuition waiver. Science Star Elementary science and technology teacher Kathryn Peoples was recently named one of 10 STEAM Stars by the Lawrence Hall of Science, Amplify Education, and the National Science Teachers Association. A Unified Association of Conejo Teachers member and teacher leader with CTA's Instructional Leadership Corps, Peoples is pas- sionate about science and creating curriculum for the Next Generation standards. "Science is the perfect vehicle for integration, depth and complexity, inquiry, differentiation, and engagement," Peoples says. "Every day I get to see 'aha!' moments and know that I am helping students become think- ers and problem solvers." Peoples and the other STEAM Stars were hon- ored in November at the Ronald Reagan Presiden- tial Library. Congrats! 10 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S Only $49

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