California Educator

June / July 2018

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Keep Them Reading T H E S U M M E R B R E A K shouldn't mean a break in the books. Keep students reading with teacher recommendations from CTA's California Reads. For more information, see and follow #californiareads. She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, by Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger (grades 1-2), is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but was told to be quiet, tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, or been made to feel unworthy, unimportant or small. It celebrates mavericks such as Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Maria Tallchief, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner and Sonia Sotomayor. The protagonist in Juana and Lucas, by Juana Medina (grades 1-2), lives in Bogotá, Colombia, with her dog and best amigo Lucas. She sees no need to learn "the English" until she's set to travel to the United States to meet her favorite superhero. The book is for Spanish-speaking children struggling to learn English, and English-speaking children to gain empathy for their immi- grant friends. Easily understood Spanish words are used throughout. Inspired by a true story, Dragonwings, by Laurence Yep (grades 6-8), touches on the struggles and hopes of Chinese immigrants in San Fran- cisco in the early 1900s. Moon Shadow is 8 when he sails from China to join his father, Windrider, in America. Windrider makes his living doing laundry but dreams of building a flying machine. Father and son endure prejudice, poverty, separation from family and a great earthquake to make dreams come true. C T A B E L I E V E S in building the capacity of all members to strengthen the profession. To that end, its Instruction and Profes- sional Development Department (IPD) maintains a robust and continuously updated set of resources, including recordings of recent webinars on IEP rights and responsibilities and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, informa- tive videos and handouts, and guidance on those topics as well as others such as co-teaching, alternative discipline, special education, and lesson plans and planning tools. The IPD Pinterest board contains a wealth of curated resources from CTA and around the Web. Go to; to visit the IPD Leader Resources site, you must be registered with the website. Learning on Demand Just one of the resources available from CTA's department of Instruction and Professional Development. 10 In the Know N E W S & N O T E S

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