California Educator

February / March 2018

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eave it to the young — in this case, Student CTA — to come up with fresh ways of thinking and doing. SCTA Board members, in fact, developed an original event for their fall Welcome Summit, held in Irvine in early November, that deeply engaged new members and helped ensure that everyone has the opportunity to lead and contribute. Among its goals this past year, the board wanted to strongly connect new members to SCTA's social justice work and the multifaceted benefits of unionism, and to grow leaders and activists within its ranks. e board decided the best way to do this was to create an "expe- rience" or "journey" with meaning and power, at a fall event that would draw members from across the state. The first thing they did was open the event to new blood. "Chapters always had elections to see who goes to the Fall Leadership Conference," says Miyuki Man- zanedo, SCTA president, noting that the same set of leaders would attend everything. "So our parameters for the event were that it was for members who were not part of chapters, and chapter members who had never been engaged before." Next, they ditched the conventional conference setup, Student CTA ditches tradition to offer a new member experience with lasting impact You Say You Want a Revolution? Student CTA Executive Board; front row: Shireen Klein, Erin Githens, Rosa Maria Martinez, Miyuki Manzanedo, Mackenzie Ramsay, Irene Amezcua, Autumn Crisantes; back row: Samantha Smith, Qohle Martinez, Stephanie Rios, Douglas Anderson, Abel Solano, Aaron Barlin. L 48 CTA & You

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