At San Jose Conference, Chapter Presidents Master New Skills, Discuss Challenges with Supt. Torlakson
More than 700 new and
experienced CTA Chapter Presidents gathered in San Jose this past weekend to network,
learn new skills, and find out more about the challenges facing our schools and
educators in the years ahead.
The 60th annual Presidents Conference gave the presidents a chance to work with CTA leaders and staff on issues ranging from bargaining and education reform to political action.
A highlight of the event was a
presentation by Supt. of Public Education Tom Torlakson, which focused on
issues including the Common Core State Standards, the Local Control Funding
Formula, and other steps toward ensuring the students have the best possible
educational experience. The teachers and school support professionals cheered
Supt. Torlakson, a former classroom teacher, who has championed the cause of
students, educators, and public education throughout his career as a lawmaker
and elected official.
CTA local and state leaders are
among the most highly trained volunteers in the nation. Their training,
delivered through local, state, and national conferences and workshops,
prepares them to lead their Chapters in often challenging times.
In recent years, Chapters have
had to cope with massive cuts that slashed more than $20 billion for state public
education funding. This year, they are
dealing with more state funding to help restore some of those cut programs and
to launch new efforts to assist some of the state’s neediest students.
Also this year, Chapters have
been at the leading edge of helping their members prepare to implement fully
the new Common Core State Standards and the new computer-assisted assessments
designed to assist educators to provide students with the support they need to