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MARCH 2010

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Heads up Deadlines IFT MINI-GRANTS Spring 2010 The CTA Institute for Teaching Board of Directors has estab- lished a competitive grant program for CTA members and chapters to support strength-based, teacher-driven reform. Applications must specify how the proposal would improve teaching and learning conditions, how student outcomes will be improved, and what the overall benefit of the proposal is for teachers and the teaching profession. The application process for the initial round of mini-grants will begin in spring 2010 and will be open to individual CTA members, small teams of educators and affiliated local chapters. For more information, visit INCENTIVE GRANTS FOR SUMMER CONFERENCES April 30, 2010 Small chapter and minority incentive grants are available for the Presidents Conference (July 19-23) and Summer Institute (Aug. 1-6). Apply by April 30. Minority incentive grants are offered to members of racial-ethnic minority groups to encourage minority leadership within the association. Small chapter incentive grants are awarded to chapters that represent a unit of 100 or fewer members for col- lective bargaining. Each grant pays for transportation expenses and the conference fee, which includes materials, meals and housing based on double occupancy. In addition, Summer Institute offers grants for participants in the Emerging Leaders Track and the Mem- ber Benefits Strand. The Presidents Conference offers additional grants for first-time chapter participation (available to chapter pres- idents whose chapter has not previously participated) and first-time presidents participation (available to new presidents from chapters of 1,000 or fewer members); the first-time presidents participation grant pays 50 percent of the shared room cost. You can register and apply for incentive grants online at www.cta. org/conferences. Conferences/Events FINANCIAL LITERACY AND EDUCATION SUMMIT April 19, 2010 Live webcast, 7–9 a.m. Pacific time The fourth annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit will be webcast and is a joint project of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Visa. This year’s summit will cover key topics such as how we can improve our collective economic health, and how to bolster our shared commitment to global financial edu- cation. The program will be valuable to educators, students and education advocates interested in financial literacy and the global economy. The summit will feature an introduction by Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke, and a guest ap- pearance by Michelle Greene, who heads President Obama’s fi- nancial literacy effort at the Treasury Department. To view the live, free webcast, register in advance at www. EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS CONFERENCE May 14–16, 2010 Millbrae Westin San Francisco Airport The 23rd annual CTA ESP Conference offers sessions on diverse top- ics that meet the specific needs of education support professionals. The conference kicks off with a reception on Friday night. Sessions are offered on Saturday and Sunday, and the conference concludes on Sunday with a lunch general session. For more information, visit events/conferences/index.aspx. Explore new possibilities in education. Discover how a credential or master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University can take your career to the next level and expand your impact in and outside the classroom.With programs for teachers and counselors, coaches and administrators, we’re confident APU has a degree for you. APU offers: • Convenient classes 1 night a week at 1 of 8 Southern California locations. • More than 36 credential andmaster’s degree opportunities. • Accelerated programs that allow you to earn your degree in just 12–18 months. • NCATE-accredited programs recognized by all 50 states and internationally. Classes start year-round. Contact us today! Call Click Email (800) 825-5278 AZUSA | HIGH DESERT | INLAND EMPIRE | LOS ANGELES | MURRIETA ORANGE COUNTY | SAN DIEGO | VENTURA COUNTY | ONLINE MARCH 2010 | 27

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