Ethnic Minority Early Identification & Development Program
Currently, CTA faces challenges that threaten the very existence of public education as well as CTA’s ability to function as a guardian of that institution, our students and members. Today we face unrelenting attacks that fragment the public’s support for our schools and divide educational employees’ support for CTA’s efforts to come to the aid of public education.
In many local chapters of the CTA there exists a significant lack of diversity within the leadership roles. Although it is recognized that CTA staff, chapter and state leaders have often encouraged and nurtured minority leaders into leadership roles, the CTA Board of Directors has determined that a more systematic approach needed to be instituted. This program was established in order to sustain and increase ethnic minority leadership in CTA and its affiliates.
During the last decade, we have been witness to a steady increase in the number of our ethnic minority members, which reflects California’s changing demographics. Caucasian women have been particularly successful in transitioning to leadership or staff roles, but it appears to take ethnic minority women longer. Ethnic minority men appear to have similar struggles entering either role, and are diminishing in numbers in our classrooms as well.
CTA has had a long-standing commitment to increasing ethnic minority leadership and staff. This program is both evidence of that commitment and reinforcement to continue it in the future.
Applications for the program are web based and are available on the CTA website each year in the month of March.
The Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development Program has been created to identify ethnic minority members who are interested in expanding their roles in the organization. Once identified and accepted in the program, participants are paired with a coach who assists them in defining goals and identifying appropriate steps to achieve those goals. The program builds on existing CTA/NEA programs, trainings, conferences, events as well as incorporates interaction and coaching with Local Chapter, CTA, and NEA leadership and CTA Staff.
To increase the number of ethnic minority leaders in roles such as: President, Bargaining Chair, State Council Rep, Service Center Council Chair and Officers and any other respected leadership role/position.