Professional Development

What the NEA RA is Really Like From a First Time Delegate


First time delegate and CTA member, Renata Sanchez shares her experience at the NEA Representative Assembly 2017.

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The Instructional Quality Commission, an advisory body to the State Board of Education (SBE), is looking for teachers with expertise in science, history, social science, world languages and/or health.

Individuals appointed to the IQC will serve a four-year term commencing January 2015. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 20, 2014.

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Seven California educators win $2,000 and $5,000 grants from The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation

Seven CTA members have received grants from the NEA Foundation! Learn about the programs and activities that netted your colleagues from Merced, Concord, Huntington Beach and Fremont $2,000 and $5,000 grants.

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Guest Blogger Jacqulla (Angel) Payne: Workshops Refresh and Inspire

This is the sixth time that I have attended the National Education Association's Representative Assembly, and each has proven to be an amazing experience being part of such a large assembly of educators - nearly 10,000!  Each time I have attended the RA, I've attended the Joint Women & Minority Issues pre-conference which begins two days before the RA.  They always have empowering keynote speakers and workshops that provide useful information, and this year I was not disappointed.

From their list of many workshops two stood out for me, which I've actually taken at a Region 3 Leadership Conference before.  It always amazes me how retaking some workshops actually makes the previous information more clear, or offers additional information which was not offered at the previous trainings, which was the case for me this time.  

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National Board Certified Teachers Announced

Congratulations to the 346 California teachers who learned today that they achieved National Board certification! California ranks second among all states for new National Board Certified Teachers.

More than 4,000 teachers nationwide achieved National Board Certification, demonstrating their ability to successfully prepare students for 21st century careers. To date, more than 106,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have achieved the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process.

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California's first STEM Symposium Underway

California STEM SymposiumRemember attending conferences that emphasized how to teach kids to take tests? Didn’t happen for the 2,000+ educators attending the first annual California STEM Symposium in Sacramento yesterday and today. 

Various experts demonstrated hands-on projects incorporating science, technology, engineering and math.  The highlight for most educators, however, was the opportunity to pepper students with questions after their presentations on building bridges, creating robots and making solar houses.

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How well prepared did you feel for your first teaching job?

CTA’s Teacher Evaluation Workgroup is examining the best preparation practices for the next generation of California’s teachers and wants to hear from you. What was training to be a teacher like? How about the early years of your teaching career, did you feel supported? What ideas can you offer as we consider the issues of teacher preparation, early career support and induction, and credentialing processes and policies?

Please take a few minutes to tell us what you think!

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Aligning Teacher Prep With Common Core State Standards

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has made a series of changes to better align teacher preparation requirements with the demands of teaching the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Specific changes in three key areas are outlined below, and more are expected in the coming months in further alignment to the new science standards, as well as reviewing Special Education Teaching Performance Expectations to ensure compatibility with the CCSS. The CCTC:

  • Adopted revised Subject Matter Requirements (SMFs) for the California Standards Examination for Teachers (CSET) in Multiple Subject, Single Subject English, and Single Subject Mathematics.
  • Adopted revised California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) so that they are aligned with the CCSS. Accredited colleges and universities design their teacher preparation programs so that credential candidates meet the expectations in the TPEs. The teaching performance assessment that every teacher-candidate has to pass before gaining their preliminary credential is also based on the TPEs. Full implementation of the TPEs is expected by 2014-15.
  • Clarified that induction programs must also use the CCSS as the definition of “standards of pupil performance.” Induction programs are charged with supporting new teachers’ professional skills in relation to pupil performance. Further, induction programs may provide CCSS professional development to beginning teachers to help strengthen a teacher’s ability to apply pedagogical skills beyond what may have been demonstrated for the preliminary credential. This clarification is designed to allow for the use of CCSS professional development funds to be used by induction programs.

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Record Number of Educators Take Part in Workshop at Annual Summer Institute

A lot is on the minds of educators as they prepare for the 2013-14 school year in addition to all it takes to get ready to welcome a school full of students. But this year, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the implementation of the mandates seem to be weighing heavily on the minds of educators.

A major draw of this year’s Summer Institute has been the training about how the state’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards will impact students, classrooms, and educators’ professional lives.

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