California Educator

November 2013

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Strategic Plan CTA &You New Strategic Plan offers blueprint for CTA's future BY FRANK WELLS Our Union, Our Future California Teachers Association Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018 54 Educator 11 Nov 2013 v2.1 int.indd 54 I N O C T O B E R , State Council members received CTA's long-term Strategic Plan titled "Our Union, Our Future," which has been in development for well over a year. The plan, a roadmap for CTA's future, is based on the priorities, input and other data collected from thousands of CTA members and staff, as well as data from parents, community groups and labor union partners. All the data was analyzed and used in the development of the final plan by the Strategic Planning Group, made up of more than 100 CTA members, leaders and staff. The plan's genesis was in 2011. Amid increasing attacks on public schools and educators coming from billionaires and politicians, and with schools still struggling against devastating budget cuts, State Council members declared a State of Emergency for public education. Educators held actions across the state and took over the state Capitol. At that same time, Council members called for the development of a long-term strategic plan process to strengthen CTA's ability to meet the challenges ahead, and to take an in-depth look at the organization and the needs of its membership. As members of the Strategic Planning Group presented the plan to State Council, Shannan Brown, president of the San Juan Teachers Association in Sacramento County, told her colleagues we are all being called to lead. NOVE M B E R 2013 11/13/13 6:32 PM

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