Contact: SF Bay Area: Mike Myslinski, 408-921-5769 Los Angeles Area: Frank Wells, 562-478-1375 Central Valley: Dina Martin, 650-552-5491; San Diego, OC: Bill Guy, 619-709-0028
BURLINGAME – Stepping out of their classrooms to celebrate with parents, picnics and a few contract protests, educators will spend Wednesday’s 31st annual California Day of the Teacher honoring the profession with a variety of events across the state as they also remember the 150th anniversary of CTA this week.
CTA’s theme for the day is “California teachers: Honoring our past. Guiding the future.” California’s Day of the Teacher stems from legislation co-sponsored by CTA and the Association of Mexican American Educators in 1982. Our theme is reflected in a huge, three-week CTA television, radio, print and web ad campaign launched Monday in all California media markets. The TV and radio ads are posted here. Print ads in eight languages are appearing in more than 47 ethnic media newspapers.
President Dean E. Vogel says in one radio spot about CTA’s 150 years of advocacy, “Today, our values of fairness, public service and commitment to all of our children remain exactly the same. And that’s why the California Teachers Association paid for this message – celebrating 150 years advocating for all students, educators – and our public schools.”
Eric Heins, vice president of the 325,000-member CTA, said this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week shows the positive impacts of teachers on society. “Public education – our schools, colleges and universities – all helped make California what it is today, and contributed to the state now having the ninth-largest economy in the world.”
Heins will be in Imperial County Wednesday evening for a celebration of local teacher union activists. CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki will be at a Bakersfield picnic celebration at Yokuts Park Wednesday with hundreds of Kern County educators.
Here is a sampling of California Day of the Teacher events on Wednesday, May 8:
Bay Area and Northern California
SAN JOSE: At 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, fourth-grade teacher Sarah Payne will play for her class a special folk guitar song about student responsibilities that she wrote for students at Bagby Elementary, 1840 Harris Ave., San Jose, 95124. The song is about the need for students to be kind, be safe, be responsible and be respectful, hence the song’s title, “The Bagby B’s On My Mind.” Listen to a recording Sarah made of the song here. Contact: Bagby teacher Alicia Williamson, president of the Cambrian District Teachers Association, at 408-502-2440.
FREMONT: Fremont educators are saying, “Enough is enough!” They will be protesting at a school board meeting on Day of the Teacher that they have worked 312 days without a contract, and that the Fremont Unified School District wants to take seven years to “phase-in class size reduction” in rooms that are packed with students now. The rally/protest by the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA) is 4-5 p.m. Wednesday at the district’s main office, 4210 Technology Drive. Joined by parents, teachers will enter the school board room at 4:20 and speak out. Contact: FUDTA President Brannin Dorsey at 510-331-1663.
OAKLAND: Oakland Education Association members, mobilizing their community to settle their contract with the frustrating Oakland Unified School District, will hold a 4-5:30 p.m. membership meeting Wednesday, followed by a Day of the Teacher celebration. The meetings are at Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 94610. See www.oaklandea.org for more info. Contact: OEA President Trish Gorham at 510-332-9103.
SAN RAMON: Reaching out to their community to stop cuts to their health benefits, San Ramon Valley Unified educators will be leafleting parents Wednesday as they drop of their kids to school Wednesday morning. The leafleting will be at most elementary and middle schools, but media can see many teachers in action at Coyote Creek Elementary, 8700 North Gale Ridge Road, San Ramon, 94582. More info is at www.srvea.org Contact: Ann Katzburg, vice president of San Ramon Valley Educators Association, at 925-413-9258.
ANTIOCH: The Antioch Education Association will be honoring local teachers from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Skipolini’s Pizza, 901 Fitzuren Road, Antioch. Contact: AEA President Robert Strickler at 925-864-1243.
FAIRFIELD: Members of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association (F-SUTA) will be honored from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chevy’s restaurant, 1730 Travis Blvd., Fairfield, 94533. Contact: F-SUTA President Melanie Driver at 707-290-0153.
VACAVILLE: Educators will be celebrating CTA’s 150 years from 4-6 p.m. at a gathering hosted by the Vacaville Teachers Association. It’s at Murillo’s Vacaville, 1591 E. Monte Vista Ave. Contact: VTA President Moira McSweeney at 916-806-2358.
SANTA ROSA: The six-day Public Schools Week celebration at Coddingtown Mall ends Wednesday afternoon. The event, with a theme of “Touching the Future,” promotes student work and programs in the Sonoma County public schools. Districts taking part include Santa Rosa City Schools, Healdsburg, Cotati-Rohnert Park, Bellevue, Roseland, Rincon Valley, Sonoma Valley, Wright and Piner-Olivet. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.facebook.com/publicschoolsweek. Contact: Andy Witthohn at 707-544-1075.
DAVIS: The Davis Teachers Association will honor local teaching with a “Teacher Fest” from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Symposium Restaurant, 1620 E. Eighth St., Davis. Awards will be bestowed, and teachers with multiples of five years of service up to 30 years will be honored. Teachers are celebrating no pink slips in the district. Contact: Davis Teachers Association President Cathy Haskell at 530-848-4309.
YUBA CITY: The CTA Feather River Service Center Council will honor 15 teachers from Colusa, Nevada, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties at a Day of the Teacher banquet Wednesday evening at the Refuge restaurant, 1501 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Tamara Conry at 530-755-2082.
IMPERIAL: CTA Vice President Eric Heins will speak at a CTA Imperial County Teachers Service Center Council dinner honoring local teacher union activists at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Cheval Farms, 346 Larsen Road, Imperial, 92251. This event is part of CTA’s statewide “We Honor Our Own” WHO awards program. Contact: Bill Guy at 619-709-0028.
SAN DIEGO: San Diego Education Association members and their families will be celebrating on Wednesday with food, music and prizes from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday on the lawn in front of SDEA, 10393 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, 92108. Contact: SDEA President Bill Freeman at 619-283-4411.
CLAREMONT: The Claremont Faculty Association is holding their annual Day of the Teacher picnic after school Wednesday at Cahuilla Park, corner of Indian Hill and Scripps, in Claremont. A vendor will make homemade tacos for all educators in the Claremont Unified School District. Contact: Kim Breen at 626-827-2448.
TEMECULA: On Thursday, May 9, the Temecula Valley Educators Association will be hosting a celebration for teachers at 3:45 p.m. at Rodrigo’s Restaurant, 39562 Winchester Road, Temecula. Contact: Chris Lindberg at 951-699-9970.
BAKERSFIELD: CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki will join hundreds of Kern County educators at a picnic dinner with families and friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Yokuts Park, located off Westwind/Truxtun Extension. The event is sponsored by the CTA Sierra Service Center Council. Contact: Brad Barnes at 661-345-2382.
SACRAMENTO: At 9 a.m. Thursday, May 9, which is CTA’s official 150th birthday, the California Teachers Association will be honored at a special ceremony on the floor of the California Assembly in the Capitol building. Alen Ritchie, president of the CTA association representing retired educators, will take part. Contact at CTA: Claudia Briggs, 916-296-4087.
MERCED: Teachers in Merced and Mariposa counties will celebrate Day of the Teacher during a special awards banquet at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Merced Senior Community Center, 755 West 15th St., Merced. A number of teachers will be presented with awards for their service to their local CTA chapter. Princess Moss, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Education Association, will be guest speaker. Contact: Merced/Mariposa Teachers UniServ and Service Center Councils at 209-723-8871.
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.