Call to Action: Today and Wednesday

Meet at Trinity Hall at Chico State from noon to 1 pm today to show support for Chico State Classified staff.  See you there!
Many of us work on Chico Unified campuses with Chico Unified staff.  We have children at Chico Unified schools and have gone through those schools ourselves, sometimes generations of our families have connections to these schools and teachers.
Our CUSD brothers and sisters are in the thick of it, as so many of us in Public Education are.  We are all fighting for the kids, the schools and the profession.  This Wednesday, February 18th show up at the Chico City Council chambers from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in solidarity with these folks who are protecting and educating our children.

Chico Nature Center Hosts Workshops for High School Teachers

 3 Saturdays, 3 locations, 3 different themes: October 4th at Rancho Esquon – “Places We Live,” October 25th at the Lake Oroville Visitor’s Center – “Biodiversity,” and November 15 at the Chico Creek Nature Center – “Focus on Forests”

All workshops are 8:30AM-11:30AM

Participants will receive a PLT unit and access to EEI units at each training. Participants who attend all three trainings will qualify for CEU’s through CSU San Marcos  Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Sign up for one or all. Register here.

Promote Literacy in Chico

The first ever Chico Comic-Con is today from 10 am to 5 pm

 Chico Veteran’s Building 554 Rio Lindo Avenue Chico, CA 95926

Children 12 and under are free, all others are $3  ***  The funds collected go to support the Veterans group sponsoring the event.

Go out and support a wonderful literacy event in our community!!

Here are some resources for using Comics in the Classroom!

Banned Books Week Approaching!

Banned books week will celebrate the freedom to read September 21-27.  The focus this year is on comics and graphic novels!

The National Council of Teachers of English have resources available for teachers. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has discussion guides for 10 high quality graphic novels, they also have a free Banned Books Week Handbook.  If you would like to borrow any of these graphic novels, check with your local library or contact your chapter president.  The American Library Association has a well-organized and staggering amount of resources and information about banned books and Banned Books Week.

Enjoy the beautiful weather by going outside with a book or two!

BCTA Member Testifies About Teacher Rights

Under current law, more than 75 BCTA educators are classified as temporary employees with no possibility of earning due process rights.  We have teachers who have worked in our district dating back to 1977 who are still  classified as temporary employees.  A temporary employee has no assurance of a job the following school year which puts educators in the position year after year, of waiting each spring to hear if they will be employed in the fall.  Students and families depend on seeing the same high quality, caring staff in the fall that supported them the previous year.  This puts undue stress on children, programs and educators.

AB1619, by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), is now making it’s way through the legislature to address this inequity.  Most teachers in California can earn due process rights after a probationary period of a few years, most educators who work in each County Office of Education and educators from smaller districts are unfairly excluded.  This bill is supported by CTA and CSEA in an effort to provide equal rights to all educators and stability to our schools and students.

Michael Martinez, from our Migrant Education program (also a negotiator for BCTA and our Secretary) went to Sacramento on March 26th to testify for the State Assembly Education Committee on our behalf.  Michael told a compelling, and familiar story .  Please take a moment and watch here the portion of the hearing about the bill begins at 2 hours 26 minutes and Michael begins at 2 hours 31 minutes.  There is a short article on the CTA website about this bill with a bonus photo of Michael!  BCTA would like to extend our gratitude to Michael for taking the time to share his experience with the folks at the capitol who need to hear our story!

Cesar Chavez Movie Opens

Cesar Chavez devoted his adult life to promoting and protecting the rights of workers.  Help spread the story of this civil rights leader who inspired families to stand up for their human rights and the rights of future generations.

The fate of a movie is decided in the opening weekend.  Get together with friends and family to see this film this weekend (March 28-30) and ensure it will be available in more cities to spread this important story.  There are links to find the movie in your area and information about hosting a movie meet up at this link.