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December 2013

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CTA &You Calendar ry Janua 7 See our upcoming events at JANUARY 7 Conference call Our Union, Our Future California Teachers Associati on Strategic Plan 2014 - 2018 Telephone Town Hall CTA members may participate in one of two Telephone Town Hall meetings on Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to discuss CTA's proposed Strategic Plan, "Our Union, Our Future," which State Council will vote on later in January. Read the plan and learn about CTA's strategic planning process at Register to join the conference call at JANUARY 7 Nomination deadline CTA Human Rights Awards Past Human Rights Award winners helped protect civil rights of educators and students, taught about extremists who threaten the rights of others, promoted educational opportunity for physically or mentally challenged students, eradicated discrimination within the profession, and improved intergroup relations. Any active CTA member, chapter, caucus or Service Center Council may nominate a member, chapter or Service Center Council. Find out more: JANUARY 10 Entry deadline César E. Chávez Awards The César E. Chávez Memorial Education Awards Program provides recognition for students who submit visual arts projects or written essays that show an understanding of César E. Chávez's vision and guiding principles. Winners will receive recognition and up to $550 for both students and sponsoring CTA members. Submitters of a group entry (up to three students) will share the prize. Find out more: JANUARY 10–12 Conference Good Teaching Conference North | Fairmont Hotel, San Jose CTA's Good Teaching Conferences support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers. Offering a variety of diverse workshops in curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conferences provide opportunities for professional development and offer time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field. Find out more: JANUARY 17–19 Conference Issues Conference | Rio All-Suite Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada "Be the Change — Our Voice, Our Union, Our Profession!" This conference provides an opportunity for educators from rural, urban, and ESP local chapters throughout the state to learn, share, strategize and unite together to determine the future of public education. Topics include the Local Control Funding Formula, Common Core State Standards, bargaining, health care, charter schools, special education, and economic fairness. Find out more: 52 Educator 12 Dec 2013 v2.0 int.indd 52 JANUARY 31 Filing deadline FEBRUARY 7 Application Deadline Candidacy for NEA state delegate Candidates for state delegate to the Representative Assembly at the 2014 NEA convention in Denver must submit a declaration of candidacy by Friday, Jan. 31. For more information, see page 54. CTA Scholarships 2014 CTA Scholarship program applications must be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 7. There are up to 35 scholarships of $5,000 for dependent children of CTA members, plus one scholarship for a dependent child attending a continuation high school or alternative education program. There are up to five scholarships of $3,000 for CTA members completing college coursework, and up to three scholarships of $5,000 for Student CTA members. Find out more: FEBRUARY 21 Application Deadline Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships Aimed at helping members of ethnic minorities in preparing for teaching-related careers in public education, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund is supported by voluntary contributions from CTA members and the CTA Foundation for Teaching and Learning. An applicant must be an active CTA or Student CTA member, or a dependent child of a CTA member. Find out more: MARCH 7–9 Conference NEA ESP Conference | San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel The premier professional development opportunity for education support professionals across the nation, this conference offers more than 50 hands-on workshops on a variety of topics, including three workshops on the Common Core State Standards. Registration is open until Jan. 31. Find out more: DE C E M B E R 2013 | JANUARY 2014 12/14/13 3:33 PM

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