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Sign up for a free He Named Me Malala DVD!

Calling all Educators Rising California members! In a collaboration between Participant Media and the Malala Fund, the Students Stand #withMalala campaign is providing free HE NAMED ME MALALA DVDs and screening licenses to teachers and educators who want to bring Malala’s story into their curriculum. These will be provided on a first come, first serve basis (while supplies last). 

 
We also encourage you to take advantage of the HE NAMED ME MALALA curriculumand discussion guide created by Journeys in Film, as well as the student toolkit to help turn your chapter into activists.
 
Sign up for your FREE DVD here* and join educators and students around the world as they stand #withMalala!

 

*To qualify for a free DVD and education license, screenings must be for educational purposes and admission may not be charged. If you have questions, please contact: Malalafieldtrip@participantmedia.com.
*If you are a NGO, and would like a free DVD and NGO screening license, please email: Malalafieldtrip@participantmedia.com.
*If you are a student looking to host a screening, please email: Malalafieldtrip@participantmedia.com
 

Educators Rising California members, there is still time to enter our state competition!

Calling all Educators Rising California members! You have until March 1st to enter your submissions to our state competition – see below for more details:

Based on the feedback of our Educators Rising California members (that’s you!), we have selected four categories for this year’s state competition. The categories are:

1. Recruitment and Marketing Presentation
2. Lesson Planning and Delivery – STEM
3. Creative Lecture
4. Children’s Literature K-3 Competition

Thank you for your input and help selecting these categories. We hope you are as excited about the competitions as we are! For more information about the categories, including the rubrics, please visit the Educators Rising California website. All four categories are in alignment with the national competition, and the top five places in each of the categories will be eligible to enter the national competition. Please note that ALL STATE SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 1st TO BE CONSIDERED.

If you are interested in a national competition category where there is not an Educators Rising California competition, you can directly enter the national competition. Submissions for national competitions will be due on April 18, 2016. Find out more about the national competitions here.

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Morirarty at kmorarity@tomorrow.org.

Educators Rising California – January Newsletter

Happy New Year!!
To kick off the new year, we have many exciting announcements, including the Educators Rising California state competition categories, the southern and central California regional conferences, scholarship and internship opportunities, upcoming webinars, and more!

State Competitions

Based on the feedback of our Educators Rising California members (that’s you!), we have selected four categories for this year’s state competition. The categories are:

1. Recruitment and Marketing Presentation
2. Lesson Planning and Delivery – STEM
3. Creative Lecture
4. Children’s Literature K-3 Competition

Thank you for your input and help selecting these categories. We hope you are as excited about the competitions as we are! For more information about the categories, including the rubrics, please visit the Educators Rising California website. All four categories are in alignment with the national competition, and the top five places in each of the categories will be eligible to enter the national competition. Please note that ALL STATE SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 1st TO BE CONSIDERED.
If you are interested in a national competition category where there is not an Educators Rising California competition, you can directly enter the national competition. Submissions for national competitions will be due on April 18, 2016. Find out more about the national competitions here.

Regional Conferences

In addition to the national Educators Rising conference, Educators Rising California will be holding two regional conferences this year. All Educators Rising California members are invited to attend.

Educators Rising California Southern Region Conference

Tomorrow’s Teachers Conference
March 25, 2016
Santiago Canyon College
We are pleased to announce that we will again co-host the Tomorrow’s Teachers Conference at Santiago Canyon College for all Educators Rising California chapters in southern California. Teacher leaders will receive information on registration in January 2016.

Educators Rising California Central Region Conference

A central region conference will be held in the greater Fresno area in the late spring of 2016. Keep a look out for more information about this conference on our website and in our next newsletter.

Educators Rising National Conference:

June 24-27, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
All Educators Rising members can participate in this action-packed event filled with networking opportunities, competitive events, and professional development for students and teachers alike. Sessions will feature education leaders from across the country.
For more information and to register, visit: National Conference
More information about the conferences can be found on our website.

Chapter Activities

Last month we provided information about chapter activities with “5 Things To Do With Your Educators Rising Chapter”. In case you missed it, you can check it out here: 5 Things
Here are five activities for this month:
1. Participate in national and state competitions.
2. Plan your trip to the Educators Rising California southern California conference on March 25th.
3. Apply to be a national student officer. Applications are due January 13th. For more information, click here.
4. Check out one of the webinars listed in the section below.
5. Share your ideas with us!
Want to share your chapter’s plans or past events with us? Send your ideas toinnovation@tomorrow.org!

Webinars

Be sure to watch one or all of these upcoming education related webinars!

How to Harness Students’ Evolving Vision for Learning: Research & Recommendations

Tuesday, January 12 at 1pm PT/4pm ET
Presented by Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
Sponsored by Libraries Unlimited and ABC-CLIO Solutions
Click here to register
In this webinar, Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will address these questions from School Library Connection Editorial Experts:

▪ What are the three elements that comprise the Student Vision for Digital Learning?
▪ What types of learning experiences support the Student Vision? How prevalent are those types of experiences in schools today?
▪ How can teachers and librarians use this information about the Student Vision to transform learning in their schools?

Making Learning Mobile 3.0 Report

Thursday, January 28th at 1pmPT/4pm ET
Click here to register
Watch this webinar to learn about the results from the Making Learning Mobile 3.0 study, which takes an in-depth look at the impact of 1-to-1 tablet implementation, including Internet access outside the classroom, with Chicago Public Schools students. Kajeet®, the only wireless service provider dedicated to kids and education, and Project Tomorrow®, a national education nonprofit, announce the results from a three-year-long study on the impact of mobile devices on teaching and learning. The project was sponsored by Kajeet with funding from Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative.

Teaching for Deeper Learning for All Students

Tuesday, February 2 at 11AM/2PM ET
Click here to register
Presented by The Alliance for Excellent Education and the
National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future
This webinar will focus on a vision for what deeper learning looks like and the teaching to support it. What research and best practices support educators in providing all students with opportunities to develop the competencies they will need to succeed in the future?
Panelists will take an in-depth look at building a culture of collective responsibility to ensure all students have access to deeper learning. They also will discuss creating conditions to support deeper learning, including new roles for teachers along with sufficient time for professional learning and collaboration.

Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

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Bank of America Student Leaders Program

Bank of America offers this internship and training program to high school Juniors and Seniors.
As a Student Leader, you will have the opportunity to:

▪ Work as a paid intern at a local nonprofit for eight weeks.
▪ Attend the week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.
▪ Develop leadership and career skills.
▪ Connect with like-minded students from your own community and across the country.

More details are available here: Student Leaders. Applications are due by January 29, 2016
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Cox Cares Scholarship

The Cox Cares foundation is awarding up to $110,000 in scholarships to students across their Southern California service area, which includes San Diego, Orange County, Palos Verdes, and Santa Barbara.
Eligibility requirements and application details can be found on the Cox Cares website. You can also download a printable flyer here: flyer. The deadline to submit an application is February 3, 2016.
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Educators Rising California!
Be sure to stay updated on all things Educators Rising by visiting our website and following ourblog.
Please also feel free to contact Kelly Moriarty at kmoriarty@tomorrow.org with questions, to share your chapter’s activities, or even to shout out your enthusiasm for Educators Rising California!!
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Educators Rising California – October Newsletter

 
Greetings!!
We hope the school year is off to a good start and you have had a successful first meeting of your Educators Rising California chapter!
Don’t forget to register your school’s chapter with Educators Rising California. Once you do, you will receive a Chapter Starter Kit and a customized version of our YouthTEACH2Learn curriculum, which is full of lesson plans and activities that you can use throughout the year as you explore careers in teaching. Contact Gregory Nicholson at GNicholson@tomorrow.org for more information.

Webinar

In case you missed it, Educators Rising California State Director Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow CEO) participated in a webinar about the conditions needed to support great teaching for deeper learning with the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future.
Click here to watch a recording of the event and learn more about the potential of technology to transform teaching and improve student learning.

From National

Students and Teacher Leaders, please register for Educators Rising Virtual Campus!
Click here to register
Google Hangouts
Through a series of Google Hangouts, Educators Rising connects students and teacher leaders with education experts and peer leaders for interactive, engaging discussions on high-interest topics.
Up Next: Episode 2: Education Policy 101: How to Be an Empowered Rising Educator
The 2016 National Conference for Educators Rising will be June 24th-27th at Boston University.
More details here: National Conference

Additional Resources

Are you up for the challenge? Our friends at TEACH.org have collected stories from current teachers about how and why they teach. Watch the videos here.
Help students shift back into schoolwork after a summer of fun through these fun math and science apps. Check out this list of apps from the New York Times.
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Thank you for your interest and continued support of Educators Rising California!
Be sure to stay updated on all things Educators Rising by visiting our website.

Welcome back to school with YouthTEACH2Learn and Educators Rising California!

As students and teachers head back to school, we wish them the very best for a successful year.  The first day of school always brings with it a slew of other “firsts” and new experiences.  For Project Tomorrow and our Tomorrow’s Teachers Initiative, which seeks to recruit the next great generation of teachers by building new, early career pipelines, 2015-16 is especially remarkable for its “firsts.”  From the first day of teaching for alum from our first YouthTEACH2Learn math class in 2010, to the first day of new YouthTEACH2Learn classes for El Modena High School and Canyon High School in Orange Unified, to the first ever YouthTEACH2Learn Environmental Science course, piloted at San Juan Hills High School, we could not be more excited that the school year is here.
In another first, we just completed the first two days of instruction in a partnership with Loyola Marymount University and the Mathematics Leadership Corps.  Nine AP Calculus high school students from Culver City High School are earning a LMU Extension Certificate as Common Core Math Tutors, and will be providing tutoring during the school day for Algebra I students as part of a pilot of YouthTEACH2Learn.  In the first two days, the students began to learn about the thousands of decisions teachers make every day, from when to question, to listen, to guide, and to model for their students.  At the end of the second day, after role-playing scenarios such as “you are working with a student who only wants the answer to the problem: Solve the system of linear equations 3x – 2y = 12 and –x – 2y = -20,” the instructor asked, “Teaching: easy or hard?”  The students sat in stunned silence.  Like most people, these students had probably not given much thought to the intellectual challenge teaching presents.  Our Tomorrow’s Teachers Initiative programs, YouthTEACH2Learn and Educators Rising California, provide high school students with these challenging experiences so that they will know what teaching is really like, and can experience the rewards of rising to the challenge and making an impact in another student’s life.
Rising to the challenge requires support, so we work to ensure that teachers have the support and resources they need to best meet the needs of the students in our programs.  Project Tomorrow could not do this successfully without the support of our partners and financial contributors.  We are thrilled to acknowledge new support this year for our Tomorrow’s Teachers Initiative programs from Bank of America, Clovis Unified School District, and the Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation.  They join continuing and returning sponsors for 2015-16, such as the Annenberg Foundation, the Green Foundation, Pacific Life Foundation, Rancho Santiago Community College District, and the Roosters Foundation.  With their help, we look forward to the challenges, rewards, and successes ahead in 2015-16.

To learn more about YouthTEACH2Learn, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/yt2l.html or click on the logo below.
To learn more about Educators Rising California, visit https://www.educatorsrising.org/ or click on the logo below.

Teacher shortage reaching crisis proportions in California and across the nation

We’ve been sharing news about the teacher shortage, especially in science and math, for a while now (see previous posts here and here).  This past weekend the New York Times reported that the shortage is now reaching crisis proportions in California, and increasingly, across the nation. Check out our summary below:

“[The teacher shortage] is not impending. It’s here.”

Monica Vasquez, chief human resources officer for the San Francisco Unified School District, is just one of several school district members nationwide who have experienced teacher shortages in their schools. Last spring her district offered early contracts to over a hundred teachers in order to secure candidates before other districts.

The teacher shortage in the United States has been noted as a huge change from just a few years ago, when school districts handed out pink slips to teachers. Now, districts across the country struggle with a shortage of teachers – a result of the aforementioned layoffs (during the recession years) combined with the improving economy in which fewer people are training to be teachers.

Although teacher layoffs happened nationwide, California was particularly hit, with 82,000 school jobs lost from 2008 to 2012, according to the Labor Department. This academic year, the California Department of Education estimates that districts will need to fill a total of 21,500 slots – a difficult task, as California issues less than 15,000 new teaching credentials each year.

In order to combat this shortage, schools nationwide are looking to hire applicants as soon as possible – which means sacrificing experience and credentials for some. One school in Rohnert Park hired a high school cross country coach as an elementary school physical education teacher before he began taking teacher credential courses; meanwhile, a masters degree student in Stanford University’s school of education was hired as a fourth grade teacher after a 45-minute telephone interview. During the 2013-2014 school year, nearly a quarter of new teaching credentials issued in California were for teaching internships, which enabled candidates to work as teachers while taking classes after school or on weekends.

“We don’t like it, but we do it,” noted Paul Beare, dean of the school of education at California State University, Fresno, where 100 of the 700 teaching credential candidates will teach full time while completing their degrees. While this may not be the ideal approach for schools, it is certainly a popular short-term remedy for the problem of teacher shortages.

To learn more, check out the original article, “Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional)” by Motoko Rich (New York Times).

Two of Project Tomorrow’s initiatives, YouthTEACH2Learn and Educators Rising California, work to combat the issue of the teacher shortage.

YouthTEACH2Learn is a career exploration program where students explore teaching as a career. During the course, the students gain practical experience by observing elementary school classrooms, learning how to teach, developing and teaching standards-based lessons to younger students in neighboring elementary schools and participating in local community service projects. In addition, students also have the opportunity to meet local educators, attend career panels and visit local college campuses in order to determine if the teaching is a “good-fit” for their professional goals. To learn more about YouthTEACH2Learn, visit http://www.tomorrow.org/programs/yt2l.html.

Educators Rising California, formerly California F.E.A., encourages students to learn about careers in education and aid them in exploring teaching while providing meaningful opportunities to receive the mentoring and support they need to actualize their career aspirations. The California affiliate of Educators Rising has made several accomplishments during the 2014-2015 school year, including but not limited to increasing its chapters from 3 to 14 (with membership increasing from 55 to 358), producing a webinar on National Board Certification with National University, and doubling participation in the Educators Rising state conference with over 400 members in attendance. To learn more about Educators Rising, visit https://www.educatorsrising.org/.