Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
During May (or any time of year), educators can pay tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental to its future. CTA maintains a listing of resources for the classroom, from K-12 lesson plans to biographies of prominent Asian Americans. NEA.org also offers lesson plans.
Approximately one-third of the nation’s estimated 15 million Asian Americans live in California, where they make up about 15 percent of the population. The U.S. Congress chose May because it was the anniversary of the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in 1843, and of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. (The majority of workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.)
April: Autism Awareness Month
Raise awareness among your students and colleagues with posters and classroom activities. See teacherspayteachers.com for resources. Also, nea.org offers a downloadable guide for general education educators teaching students with autism.
Earth Day: April 22
With the health of our environment in such a precarious position, Earth Day becomes even more important. Explore activities for your students inside and outside of the classroom, and in the community, where they can learn how to be responsible stewards for our planet. Go to nea.org, scholastic.com and earthday.org for suggestions.
May 22 Day of Action
Teachers, parents and communities will rise up on May 22 to urge legislators to support AB 1505, AB 1506, AB 1507 and SB 756, bills that place restraints on the proliferation of charter schools and give local districts control over charter approval. We must also show legislators our support for the Schools and Communities First initiative, which closes a loophole in Proposition 13 that allows corporations to keep their property taxes artificially low, and raises $11 billion annually for schools, community colleges and community services. Join the rally on May 22 in Sacramento at 4 p.m., or join online! Learn more and get involved at cta.org/redfored.
EMEID Leadership Program
April 26 Application Deadline
Ethnic minority members who want to expand their leadership roles in CTA may apply to the Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development program’s 2019-20 class. Applicants will be notified by May 17.
CCA Spring Conference
April 26–28 Conference
Hilton Irvine, Orange County Airport. The Community College Association’s spring conference highlights advocacy and features the presentation of CCA’s WHO (We Honor Ours) Awards.
El Día de los Niños
April 30 Event
Many public libraries have reading events for children on El Día de los Niños (Children’s Day), a traditional festival in Latino culture.
National Teacher Day
May 7 Event
National Teacher Day is on Tuesday of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6–10).
California Day of the Teacher
May 8 Event
Get ready! California’s Day of the Teacher is on May 8, with the theme “Great Teaching Is Never Forgotten.” We know, we know, that message is as old as — well, Confucius, the sixth-century BCE Chinese philosopher whose ideas have been influential through centuries. But it’s absolutely true that educators have an impact that lasts lifetimes. Check out resources on our website and celebrate your school’s educators in style.
School Nurse Day
May 8 Event
Educators understand that nurses are critical to students’ health and well-being. School nurses work diligently behind the scenes and often are only missed when they’re needed — which is every day. During National Nurse Week, May 6–12, give a hug to your school nurse.
CTA ESP Day
May 21 Event
CTA Education Support Professionals Day is May 21 (which occurs during ESP Week, May 19–25, observed by the state as Classified School Employees Week). This year’s theme, “You Are Awesome!” gives well-deserved praise to those who are integral to student success. Check out our website for resources and download the ESP Day poster.
May 22 Day of Action
May 22 Event
Join CTA and teachers, parents and communities to bring attention to the flawed laws and corporate tax loopholes that are hurting our students and schools. Urge legislators to vote for bills that will fix the problems. Join the rally in Sacramento at 4 p.m. or get involved online.
NEA Foundation Grants
June 1 Application Deadline
The NEA Foundation awards grants to NEA members. Student Achievement Grants support improving academic achievement; Learning & Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development. Applications are reviewed three times a year.
PBL World 2019
June 18–20 Conference
American Canyon High School, Napa Valley. PBL World, sponsored by the nonprofit Buck Institute for Education, is the premier conference for Project Based Learning.
ISTE 2019 Conference & Expo
June 23–26 Conference
Philadelphia. More than 16,000 educators will attend the nonprofit International Society for Technology in Education’s annual convention, which offers over 1,000 professional development opportunities and edtech exhibits.
NEA Representative Assembly
July 2–7 Convention
Houston. With about 8,000 delegates, the RA is the world’s largest democratic deliberative body. CTA members will help set policy and chart the direction of NEA business.
July 18–21 Conference
Fairmont San Jose.
July 28–Aug. 1 Conference
UCLA Conference Center, Los Angeles.