Year in Review 2016-2017
 
 

California Teachers association

Year in Review 2016-2017

 
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Every day in thousands of California schools and colleges, California Teachers Association members guide young minds and inspire students to reach their full potential. Our dedication to students doesn’t stop there — CTA members are the driving force behind education change. We’ve worked hard to make sure all our students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. And we’ve done that through innovative advocacy.

 
 
 
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47 grants totaling $608,326 were awarded to CTA members though CTA’s Institute For Teaching.

Funded by members’ voluntary dues contributions, the average grant totaled $12,943.

 

 
 

600+

TEACHERS ATTENDED

the New Educator weekend, a conference for CTA members in their first five years.

68

CHAPTERS

were awarded almost $342,000 in Member Engagement Grants to conduct Listening Tour Blitzes, Back-to School Events, Welcome Gatherings and other creative outreach activities.

459

members attended

four “Retirement Savings Made Easy” pre-conferences and CTAinvest.org provides consumer guides and resources.

 
 
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Building an Organizing Culture

After an almost three-year fight CTA won union recognition at California Virtual Academies (CAVA), the largest virtual charter school in California. California Virtual Educators United (CVEU) held their first leadership elections and began bargaining their first collective bargaining agreement.

 
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The CTA Foundation awarded a total of

$393,100

scholarships and awards to 199 members, members' dependents and students.

 

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Members saved more than $6.5 million

in out-of-pocket legal fees thanks to CTA’s personalized legal help, ranging from representation in reduction in force (RIF) hearings to member rights cases.

 

Field Based State Council Weekend

In a groundswell of get-out-the-vote activities, the nearly 800 teacher-delegates to the CTA State Council of Education spent the weekend precinct walking and participating in community events.

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Safe Havens

Many CTA chapters worked with their local school boards to designate their school district as a “safe haven” or “sanctuary school” after the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) decision. CTA provided resources to remind families about existing laws that protect students’ records from questions about immigration status. 

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California Day of the Teacher 2017

The 35th annual California Day of the Teacher theme, “California Teachers: Advocates for the Public Education ALL Students Deserve” was based on CTA’s research-driven Advocacy Agenda to provide every student with the quality public education they deserve.

 
 
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9,617,814

viewers reached THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS

 

CTA's social media content reached viewers 9,617,814 times + we're now officially on Snapchat!

@WeAreCTA

Check out what CTA members did on Snapchat at the NEA RA.


 
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Professional Development

Heard of CTA360 or MyFalcon? Nearly 250 local leaders at 6 statewide conferences were trained on these mobile apps to assist in member engagement activities.

 
 

30 professional development events were attended by over 12,000 members with several thousand more attending the conferences via live stream at www.CTAGo.org.

2,946 incentive grants were awarded to members attending statewide conferences such as Good Teaching and Equity and Human Rights. 

Building teacher leadership is good for teachers and kids alike. It buffs up the union’s image, and broadens its political power. And, oh yes, CTA members like this work.
— DR. CHARLES KERCHNER, EDUCATION WEEK, WHO ATTENDED CTA’S 2017 TEACHER INNOVATION EXPO
 
 
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Instructional Leadership Corps

29,219 teachers taught teachers through the Instructional Leadership Corps; 77,693 were served in the first three years of the project.

 

 
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Advocating

CTA members fought for legislation that makes schools safe for all kids, including undocumented students.

Legislative wins include: 

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

Beating back legislation that would have permitted a publicly funded school to be run as a private school with no accountability. 

DUE PROCESS

Charter school legislation that requires fair admission practices and student due process rights.

FOUGHT ANTI-TEACHER LEGISLATION

Especially those that aggravates the teacher shortage in California and makes it harder for new teachers to speak out for their students.

 
 

Election 2016 Results

100%

CTA Supported Propositions passed Props. 55, 52 and 58

82%

Won 92 of 112 legislative and congressional races

97%

Passed 35 of 36 local measures

 
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Proposition 55 Passed

Students were the winners when California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 55, which prevented $4 billion in cuts to public education funding each year simply by maintaining the current tax rates on the wealthiest Californians.

 
 
 
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Proposition 58 Passed

Thanks to CTA members like you, voters passed Proposition 58, the Language Education, Acquisition and Readiness Now (LEARN) initiative that expands opportunities for California’s students to become proficient in English.

 

 
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California Teachers Association knows that schools can bring us together. Here's how we promoted that fact.

Watch the 30-second ads in English and Spanish that ran statewide.

Students are that center of everything we do. That’s why we work so hard to make sure students have the resources and opportunities they need.

 

Fighting for what's right, not what's left

Over 4,000 community members rallied for the 700 Yuba City Teachers Association members in their successful strike for professional pay to attract and retain qualified teachers. It was the first time CTA members fully used social media in a strike. 

 
 

Working Together

California Faculty Association and Community College Association members supported Stockton Teachers Association during their fight for a fair contract. 

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California Reads

CTA’s “California Reads” project includes teacher-recommended books for all age groups and provides reading tips in eight languages.

 

Social Justice Toolkit

Regardless of family circumstances, all students have the right to a public education that helps them reach their full potential.  These beliefs prompted CTA to create a toolkit, which  10,000 used to pledge to support the public education all California's students deserve.

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Advocacy Agenda

CTA's Advocacy Agenda is based on education research and created with input and the expertise from thousands of educators across the state.  

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Thank You!

Students are at the center of everything we do. Through collective action we the lead our profession, working for public schools and colleges that benefit our students, faculty and staff in every sector of public education, pre-K through higher education. Together, we make sure all students, regardless of their ZIP code, have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.