Feb 06

The Good Teaching Conference Rocks – now featured on our website!

  • First and foremost, I was able to spend valuable time with other educators discussing education as a whole and having some fellowship time!  I attended some wonderful sessions but one in particular had make and takes that I can immediately use in my classroom.

Mrs. Cheryl Vito

3rd Grade Teacher

Browns Valley Elementary School


  • I am particularly excited about the session that I attended regarding the IFT grants awarded by CTA. We learned how one CTE teacher took her 2 grants, each for nearly $20,000, and created an amazing program around floral design including opening the school’s own floral shop. I have been thinking almost non-stop about how I could potentially use grant money to improve and enrich my own school site and the lives of my students.

Thank you so much for everything! I had a wonderful time and, most importantly, learned a huge amount.

Brittany Wensky – VUSD WCW

Biology Teacher


  • GTC is a wonderful experience for new teachers. You learn so much from other teachers – tips, tricks, strategies, advice. You can even utilize those strategies the following Monday with your students.

Melanie Ludwig

Science Teacher

Will C. Wood

Jan 26

Rep Council Meeting Minutes for January

Rep Council Meeting Minutes – January

Jan 26


Jan 23

January 2018  state council report

  • Tony Thurmond for SSPI- We have endorsed Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction and plan to have this race be finished in the June Primary.

If you’d like to know why we have endorsed Tony, click here, please tell your friends and neighbors about him!

  • Gavin Newsom for Gov- We have endorsed Gavin Newsom for the Governors Race and we need to ensure that he makes it through the June Primary.

If you’d like to know why we have endorsed Gavin, click here, please tell your friends and neighbors about him!

 DACA resources for students


  • Communications Manager Jonathan Goldman encouraged committee members to look at the new online mobile-friendly California Educator (www.californiaeducator.org) and promote the new site with members back at home.
  • Committee members discussed the CTA Digital Audit, currently happening. This report will be used to help create a new digital experience for CTA members, potential members and general public. That includes the redesign of the CTA website to provide a more seamless experience with other CTA websites and social media platforms.

Please support these bills

  • AB 1871 –  which requires that all schools in California participate in the free and reduced meal program.
  • AB 1478 which requires that all schools in California to comply with the Brown Act.  For more information, please check this out!

Read across America

For the upcoming book list, go here!

Jan 18

Member Engagement at Browns Valley!

For those sites that have not used all their ME site funds – today Sylvia Shepard and I spent the day at Browns Valley helping out at their VTA sponsored potluck. It was fabulous!!

If you need help planning and implementing an idea for your site funds – please contact me – Sylvia and I are willing to help you put together donuts and coffee one morning, organize a potluck, or any other great idea you have .

-Alyson Brauning, your vice-president

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