Happy Tuesday TEA!
Many people tend to talk about THE UNION. After sitting through our school board meeting this past Monday I even saw shirts that disparage teachers unions as a whole. What I hope everyone reading this remembers is that this is not the, a, their or any other defining word….it is OUR UNION. Each and everyone of us. We are only as strong as each of us working together can be. Without U and I there's no Union at all. Your membership and your participation matters!
As we embark on the ninth-ish week of the school year, it is great to hear from so many people, but I wish that everyone had the peace and calm that is needed at this time to get through the days as easily as they should. Every time I’m able to visit a classroom and see you in action I am in awe at how amazing, yet so different, you all are. You are creating and making magic happen each day and are the reason that this district is successful and pulling students through. Please take care of each other and most especially yourselves. This is a calling, but it is also a job. In a meeting recently I mentioned how Tustin seems to hire the most driven teachers, constantly pushing and working themselves. While this may be good for a district's bottom line, it is not always good for each of you personally. Remember to give yourselves grace, and to take care of yourselves and each other first. Thank you for everything you do! Your membership in TEA Matters and I appreciate and love getting to work with, and for you!
Here’s the latest from TEA:
Filipino American History Month
The CDE encourages you to recognize each October as Filipino American History Month. - commemorating the arrival of the first Filipinos in modern-day Morro Bay, California in the United States on October 18, 1587. Filipino-Americans were known as Luzones Indios back then, and they were primarily the Filipino sailors who were enrolled into the Spanish navy as native laborers during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade. From the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza, they arrived at the shores of present-day Morro Bay, California. Following years of campaigning and advocacy by both the civil society and organizations, the Filipino American National Historical Societyestablished Filipino American History Month in 1992. In 2009, Congress recognized the month of October officially as Filipino American History Month in the U.S.
World Teachers' Day - I may have missed the actual day, but we all should be honored and recognized daily. I think it applies to every day of every year, this just happened to be World Day - on the 5th :0) October 5 is recognized as World Teachers' Day. This day was first created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Foundation (UNESCO) in 1966 and remains a holiday today, celebrated every year on October 5th. Check out the Unesco site HERE for more information and an interesting look at teachers and our profession from around the globe.
- BANNED BOOK WEEK - I know it was last week, but it seems like an ongoing subject - just in case you are like myself and love to read (and most especially love to read those that you are told you shouldn't read) here is some information.
- With 1,600 books banned in 33 states last school year, this year’s Banned Books Week celebration is even more important than usual. Text BANNED to 48744 to get book recommendations and CLICK HERE to honor your favorite banned book with a personalized bookmark and with additional banned book information.
- Indigenous People's Day
- It is observed annually on the second Monday in October. Indigenous People's Day is a holiday in the United States that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. As we celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on Oct. 9, it’s important to educate students honestly and accurately about Native history and the people whose land we occupy. NEA has compiled a variety of important resources for teaching and learning about indigenous peoples, as well as a recommended book list.
- Resources for teaching about Indigenous Peoples
- World Mental Health Day
- NEW EDUCATOR - CTA’s New Educator Weekend (NEW) is a conference for new CTA members. This NEW conference is for educators in their first three years in the profession. The conference has everything that educators need to be successful in their first years of teaching, including sessions about classroom management, creating engaging classrooms, lesson plans and ideas, connecting with your union, student loan forgiveness information, member benefits, project grants and more Register HERE. TEA has approved to send 10 members to this conference.
- Solidarity Conference - CTA understands the significance of unity, and this conference is all about harnessing the strength of our collective experiences, cultures, and communities to create positive change. The Solidarity Conference will feature general sessions and workshops where educators and community leaders will share their stories, insights, and strategies for empowering our communities and classrooms. Register HERE TEA has approved to send 5 members to this conference.
Issues Conference - The CTA Issues Conference brings together local leaders and activists to learn, discuss, and strategize so that we can organize and increase our collective voice on the state and local issues that matter most in education. The 2024 conference will take place January 12 – 14. Register HERE TEA has approved to send 10 members to this conference.
Good Teaching South - The CTA Good Teaching Conferences supports excellent teaching and learning practices for classroom teachers via peer-to-peer instruction. Offering a variety of diverse workshops focused on 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 of education. Register HERE or click link above. TEA has approved to send 20 members to this conference.
Remember CTA/NEA Sites and Helpers - As members of TEA you are also members of the larger unions at the state level (California Teachers Association/ CTA) and the national level (National Education Association). Make sure to check out their websites occasionally and sign up for any information items you may want to follow. I have attached a few things from the most recent NEA one on books and some items I found interesting.
- Click the link Above or HERE to check out the latest news from NEA including:
- Survey: Teachers Work More Hours Per Week Than Other Working Adults
- According to a new survey by the RAND Corporation, teachers work an estimated 53 hours a week—seven more hours than the average working adult.
- Teachers also report much less satisfaction with their base pay than other working adults—and 25% of their work is uncompensated.
Early Chapter Books for NEA Members - Author Mary Pope Osborne has a Read Across America gift just for NEA members working in Title 1-eligible schools: $75 worth of Magic Tree House titles while supplies last. Register for a First Book Marketplace account, select your books, and use our special member code (NEAMAGICTREEHOUSE) at checkout.Click the link HERE or on the flyer below. - Personally I had forgotten this site, but I used to use it during the holidays when I was at Thorman (when it was still Thorman). I would buy a discounted case of books (or two) and each student would get a few books as a gift. This site may be helpful if you are working on expanding your libraries, or if you like to buy in bulk to hand out to your students. It also now has the opportunity for you to purchase and hopefully get the discounted $75 off.
- Member Benefit Services -
- California Casualty’s Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program will award $1,000 grants for middle and high school athletics programs. Apply Today for this very popular association member benefit! Applications for this year will be accepted through January 15, 2024.
- Provident Credit Union Educator Appreciation $2,500 Giveaway
- Enter to win! Founded in 1950 to serve the California Teachers Association, Provident Credit Union is honored to host a $2,500 giveaway to recognize the immense value CTA members bring to the educational community. What would you do with $2,500? Take a vacation? Save for a special occasion? The choice is yours.
- Entry Period - August 1 - October 31, 2023
- Winner will be announced: November 8, 2023
- Contest Rules:
- You don’t have to be a Provident member
- You do have to be a CTA member
- Must be a resident of California
- You can enter once a month (max 3 entries) per household
- ENTER NOW
Have a great rest of your week!
President, Tustin Educators Association
Teacher, Heideman Elementary School