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Heads up Deadlines ☛Declaration of Candidacy form for State Delegates to the 2010 NEA Convention in December California Educator This is a reminder that the December issue of California Educator will include the offi- cial Declaration of Candidacy form for State Delegates to the 2010 NEA Convention in New Orleans. Declaration of candidacy forms will also be available on the CTA web- site ( conferences/cta). CTA State Gold Awards Nominations for the 2009 CTA State Gold Awards must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 15. CTA State Gold Awards may be be- stowed upon any person or organization whose leadership, acts and support have proved them to be a true friend of public education deserving statewide recogni- tion. Any CTA affiliate, other unit, or indi- vidual member may place a name in nomination. The nomination form may be downloaded from the CTA website ( gold). The nomination form must be ac- companied by supporting materials and submitted to the CTA Communications Committee. Conferences Rural Issues Conference January 15-17, 2010 Las Vegas The Orleans Hotel CTA presents its 10th annual conference designed especially for rural educators and members of small CTA chapters. For the first time, CTA is opening registration to members from all state affiliates. This conference provides an excellent chance to discuss and learn about the latest is- sues, opportunities and solutions available to CTA members living and working in ru- ral areas. The conference features work- shops on such diverse topics as education reform, health care in rural areas, organiz- ing for strength, school safety, school fi- nance, and retirement issues. Good Teaching Conference North January 22-24, 2010 Burlingame Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport The CTA Good Teaching Conference, pre- sented in Northern and Southern editions, is designed to support excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers. Offering a variety of diverse workshops in curriculum content areas for K-12 teachers, the conference provides opportunities for professional develop- ment and offers time to network and share ideas with colleagues and experts in the field. Highlights include sessions on inno- vative educational best practices, content development, technology, classroom management, and much more. november 2009 | 35 SEND US YOUR COMMENTS RACE TO THE TOP FUNDS > BREAST CANCER > Page 18 SURVIVING COPING WITH CHANGES DURING CUTBACKS > Page 6 THE TRUTH ABOUT Iff any of the st any of the stories in the ies in the California E alifornia Educator pique your int pique your interest, let us est, let us know your thoughts and we may publish your letter. Please include your full name, local association and phone number or e-mail address in the event that we want to contact you. Letters may be sent via mail, fax or e-mail. address: California Educator Magazine CTA Communications 1705 Murchison Drive Burlingame, CA 94010-4583 fax: e-mail: (650) 552-5002 QEIA MAKING ADVANCES > PROVIDE CALM WHEN PARENTS GO OFF TO WAR > Page 18 IN THE AGE OF TESTING CAN SCHOOLS TEACH CRITICAL THINKING? > Page 8 MEMBERS OUR UNION The People. The Progress. The Promise.

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