By 2012 Chavez Award winner Francisco Juarez
- During her 21-year teaching career in Bakersfield, Lila P. Perez inspired the children of migrant farm workers, English language learners and their families to learn.
- Kimberley Gilles’ curriculum for “The Laramie Project” encouraged young people to look at bigotry issues in San Ramon.
- Duval “Sam” Phillips advocates for tribal and non-native families to receive education support in Mendocino County.
Do you know people like Lila, Kimberley or Sam? Then nominate them for a CTA award. CTA honors members and others for work involving children, learning and public schools. Here you’ll find a list of opportunities to honor those you respect. You’ll find details at www.cta.org/awards.
The CTA Human Rights Awards Program pays tribute to work that advances and protects human and civil rights. CTA honors the work of individual members, local chapters and Service Center Councils for protecting the human and civil rights of educators and students, working to build family, school and community partnerships, and promoting equal educational opportunities and access for all students, among other things.
Go to www.cta.org/humanrightsawards for details and the nomination form, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations can be made by an individual, chapter, caucus or Service Center Council.
The deadline is Jan. 4, 2013.
There are several Human Rights Award categories for individuals. The awards and some criteria are listed here. Please see the website for details.
Jim Clark American Indian/Alaska Native — creating positive role models, educational materials and curriculum, eliminating stereotypes, raising public awareness of issues, rights and concerns.
César Chávez “Sí Se Puede” — showcasing immigrant issues, combining labor relations techniques and grassroots organizing to improve working or learning conditions, cultural heritage, bilingual programs and funding.
Lois Tinson — working to preserve African American culture, traditions and values, economic and occupational status, educational equality, serving as a role model inspiring and promoting leadership potential.
CTA Member — promoting human and civil rights through community activities, recruiting minority members into leadership, encouraging middle and high school youth to enter teaching, working to eradicate discrimination within schools.
Nancy Bailey Leadership in Lesbian and Gay Issues — helping achieve equity and equality for the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual community in training for adults, counseling for students, eliminating stereotyping and name calling.
Pacific Asian American — providing leadership and political activism in bilingual programs, immigrant issues and involvement in anti-gang activities.
CTA Peace and Justice — promoting peace and justice by designing or implementing curriculum about international understanding, leadership in programs that create awareness.
Physically/Mentally Challenged Students’ Issues — eliminating discrimination against individuals with disabilities, developing educational materials for special education students, working with issues related to physically/mentally challenged students.
Women’s Issues — providing leadership or education in the areas of gender bias, women’s history and health issues.
Other CTA award programs
Given annually to CTA chapters, service centers and UniServs for communications programs in newsletters and newspapers, special membership communications, communications to parents/community, and websites. www.cta.org/communicationsawards
Education Support Professional of the Year Award
Given annually to a CTA member who reflects the outstanding contributions of education support professionals (ESP) to public education. The winner is California’s nominee for NEA ESP of the Year. www.cta.org/esp
Joyce Fadem Chapter-in-Politics Awards
Given biennially to chapters for their outstanding contributions to the education profession through political action. www.cta.org/fademawards
Theodore Bass Teacher-in-Politics Awards
Given biennially to CTA members for their outstanding contributions to the education profession through political action.
The CTA State Gold Awards honors those outside of the association whose leadership, acts and support positively impacted public education. CTA’s John Swett Awards for Media Excellence reward media professionals for outstanding coverage of California education issues.
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