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February / March 2018

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Women's History Month "Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women" is the timely theme of the National Women's History Project 2018 observance of Women's History Month in March. Honorees include Mar- garet Dunkle, who played a key role in implementing Title IX, the federal law prohibiting gender discrimination in edu- cational institutions; Cristina Jiménez, a leader in the youth-led immigrant rights movement and instrumental in creating the DACA program; and labor activist Saru Jayaraman, who helps restaurant workers mobilize for better wages and working conditions. See the full list at, and for lesson plans and more. Connect at #womenshistorymonth. Cesar Chavez Day March 31 is an official state holiday marking the birthday of labor leader Cesar Chavez. Help students learn about Chavez's life and central philosophies on social justice, public action and non- violence, and find a link to the State Board of Education's Model Curriculum, at Arts and Music A well-rounded education includes the creative thinking that the arts help develop. Cali- fornia Arts Education Month and Music in Our Schools Month, both in March, underscore the importance of dance, music, theater, literature, design and visual arts. Find lesson plans at and the National Association for Music Education ( Speaking of arts education, kudos to members Victor de los Santos and Curtis Gaesser, two of 10 finalists for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. De los Santos, Santa Ana Educators Association, and Gaesser, Folsom Cordova Education Association, were selected out of 2,300 applicants nationwide. They and their schools receive $1,000 each. G E T R E A D Y F O R Read Across America Day on March 2. Plan now for activities, such as bringing in special guests — parents, firefight- ers, the mayor — to read their favorite books to your students. While the day, sponsored by NEA, CTA, and many of the country 's leading literacy and youth groups, is a fun way to celebrate reading, encourage your students to read all year long. For CTA's California Reads teacher-approved book recommendations for all ages, see page 10 and Find classroom resources at, and connect at #readacrossamerica. CTA President Eric Heins at Highlands Elementary in Pittsburg. Read Across America Mike Myslinski Gaesser De los Santos 8 In the Know C A L E N D A R

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