CTA Contact: Mike Myslinski at 408-921-5769
Schools Chief Torlakson at Concord Graduation Rate Success Event
BURLINGAME – Educators, parents, state education leaders and other supporters will honor the 32nd annual California Day of the Teacher on Wednesday, May 14, with a variety of community events across the state to thank teachers and highlight their civic contributions.
In the Bay Area, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will be honoring teachers at a morning press event at Concord High School about the state’s new, record graduation rates.
Many of the events are in keeping with the CTA theme this year: “California Teachers: Inspiring Our Students, Strengthening our Communities.” California’s Day of the Teacher stems from legislation co-sponsored by CTA and the Association of Mexican American Educators in 1982.
“California’s educators clearly help build their communities by helping their students build a better future through academic success,” said Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association. “Students grow up to be the entrepreneurs in our communities, the professionals, the public officials and first responders. Together, we are moving California forward.”
Vogel is speaking Wednesday at the California Professional Firefighters convention in Los Angeles. CTA Vice President Eric Heins and Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo will be at CTA headquarters in Burlingame Wednesday and will be available for media interviews.
Here is a sampling of California Day of the Teacher events Wednesday May 14, unless other dates are noted:
CONCORD: At 11 a.m. Wednesday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will honor teachers with a press conference about the state’s record high school graduation rate. The event with local teachers, students and Mt. Diablo Unified Superintendent Nellie Meyer will be held in the school library at Concord High School, 4200 Concord Blvd., Concord, 94521. The diverse school has an excellent 94 percent graduation rate. CTA Contact: Mike Myslinski at 408-921-5769.
RICHMOND: Members of United Teachers of Richmond, which represents educators in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, will spend Wednesday asking local store owners to put a poster in their windows about the Day of the Teacher. Contact: UTR President Diane Brown at 510-672-3526.
OAKLAND: From 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, members of the Oakland Education Association will hold a membership mobilizing meeting and celebration at Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 94610. Activities will include making signs for future bargaining protests and updates on the latest news from the bargaining tables. At a video booth, teachers will share the teaching and learning conditions at their school sites. Contact: OEA President Trish Gorham at 510-332-9103.
ALAMEDA: At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore will present a proclamation in honor of Day of the Teacher and the civic-minded members of the Alameda Education Association. The event will be at Lum Elementary, 1801 Sandcreek Way, Alameda. The AEA on May 18 will receive the Civic Partner of the Year award from Alameda Point Collaborative for its joint fundraising efforts with Alameda Firefighters Local 689 on behalf of the Children and Youth Services’ Academic Center and Teen Center programs. Contact: AEA President Audrey Hyman, 510-521-3034.
SANTA ROSA: The six-day Public Schools Week celebration at Coddingtown Mall ends Wednesday afternoon. The event, with a theme of “Believe and Achieve,” is about promoting that our public schools are “developing the leaders and citizens of tomorrow.” It promotes student work and programs in the Sonoma County public schools. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.facebook.com/publicschoolsweek. Contact: Helen O’Donnell at 707-544-1075.
FAIRFIELD: From 3-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, members of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association will celebrate at Chevys Fresh Mex restaurant, 1730 Travis Blvd., Fairfield. Contact: F-SUTA President Laurel Salerno-White at 707-430-3091.
ANTIOCH: From 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, educators represented by the Antioch Education Association will celebrate the profession at Skipolini’s Pizza, 901 Fitzuren Road, Antioch. Contact: AEA President Robert Strickler at 925-864-1243.
SAN RAMON: At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16, members of the San Ramon Valley Education Association will celebrate at the Greenbrook Homes Association clubhouse, 300 Greenbrook Drive, Danville, 94526. Contact: SRVEA President Ann Katzburg at 925-828-9341.
LOS ANGELES: CTA President Dean E. Vogel is one of several key labor leaders speaking from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday about the battle by coalitions of California workers to protect and strengthen our communities at the California Professional Firefighters convention. The convention celebrates the 75th anniversary of the CPF union and is at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, 333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, 91608. CTA Contact: Frank Wells at 562-478-1375.
COMPTON: From 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, hundreds of Compton Education Association members will drop by the CEA offices, 333 South Santa Fe Ave., Compton, 90221, to pick up red solidarity T-shirts being used in their fight for a fair contract. The slogan on the shirts is “We Teach Compton.” While the new superintendent just received a raise of 11.36 percent, teachers have not had a raise since 2007 and are only being offered 4.5 percent. Contact: CEA President Patrick Sullivan at 310-638-8576.
RIVERSIDE: From 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, educators and their families will be treated to a “Tacos in the Park” event by the Riverside City Teachers Association. A catered taco truck will visit the event at Shamel Park Picnic Shelter, 3650 Arlington Ave., Riverside, 92506. Contact: RCTA President Tim Martin at 951-684-6744.
SACRAMENTO: At about 9 a.m. Thursday, May 15, the Assembly will honor Day of the Teacher with a proclamation. Toby Boyd, a member of the CTA Board of Directors and a teacher in Sacramento City Unified, will accept the award on the Assembly floor on behalf of all educators. CTA Contact: Claudia Briggs at 916-296-4087.
ELK GROVE: Members of the Elk Grove Education Association created this six-minute video of local teachers talking about educators who inspired them and made a difference in their lives. Teachers are posting this template, with the name of a teacher or colleague they want to thank, by taking pictures of themselves holding the signed template and posting it at www.facebook.com/egealeadership. Contact: EGEA President Maggie Ellis at 916-685-4588.
FRESNO: On Friday, May 16, the Fresno Teachers Association will be honoring its members with a community event from 4-6:30 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow, Fresno, 93710. FTA Contact: Gary Alford at 559-224-8430.
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.