June 9, 2023


Future Depends on What You Do

Fairness & Human Legal rights Conference: Journey Toward Justice

CTA’s Equity & Human Legal rights Conference had a massive impact on attendees this past weekend, March 17-19, in Santa Clara.

“This meeting touched my soul and my heart,” claimed Shawn Quiane, an Alisal Instructors Association member. “It was invigorating to be with people who will not stand quietly and do very little when human rights are violated.”

“I go to the Equity & Human Rights weekend because I’m pretty passionate about the concerns mentioned,” mentioned Marilyn Yu, an Elk Grove Education Association member and 31-calendar year teacher.

Indeed – the accumulating introduced together educator advocates and activists with its topic, “The Electricity of Disruption: Our Collective Journeys Towards Justice.” Workshops ranged from a session on how educators can fight back again towards attacks from individuals with an anti-general public instruction agenda to BIPOC educators advocating for justice.

Much dialogue at the session on BIPOCs advocating for justice.

Taking a effectively-deserved stand-up split at the session on “Building and Sustaining Community Universities.”

In “Soul-cial Justice & the Secondary Science Classroom,” lecturers have been led as a result of the inquiry system via both of those a pupil lens and in reflection as academics to elevate their apply of culturally responsive teaching, SEL, and science although participating in hydroponics (a way to mature food devoid of working with soil).

“Soul-cial Justice & the Secondary Science Classroom.”

A different session showed how to use children’s literature to support dismantle racism and sexism just one reserve/brick at a time.

Guest speakers involved Ernest Crim III, a Black record trainer and creator who talked about the great impact educators and moms and dads have in shaping our kids. “Be intentional about what you say, recite or generate about your little ones,” was a person of the factors he designed, featuring personal working experience of his mom location him up with self esteem and self-esteem. “Create a classroom lifestyle of belonging and household, so that [kids] know they are welcome the way they are.”

Ernest Crim III (third from remaining) with CTA associates following his speak.

CTA’s 2023 Human Legal rights Awards – standing at the leading, from left: Melissa Fitzgerald, CTA Secretary-Treasurer Leslie Littman, Geoff Morganstern, Ron Espiritu, CTA Vice President David Goldberg, Grant Shuster, Vanessa Yava, CTA President E. Toby Boyd seated from remaining: Frank Palad Mata, Nalik Davis Jr., Skye Tooley, Gretel Rodriguez, Stacey Yakimowich Chavez, Jeanna Tang, Dr. Phe X Bach. Picture: Chris Robledo

The highlight of the conference was the CTA Human Rights Awards on Saturday evening, March 18. 9 extraordinary educators from across California had been honored for their remarkable determination to social justice and for promoting and safeguarding human and civil legal rights, equally in the classroom and in their wider faculty communities. In addition, CTA chapter Anaheim Secondary Academics Affiliation (ASTA) received an award for its exemplary operate for their members and in particular on neighborhood schools. The awardees:

Nalik Davis Jr., African American Human Rights Award in Honor of Lois Tinson

Vanessa Yava, American Indian/Alaska Native Human Rights Award in Honor of Jim Clark

Ron Espiritu, César Chávez “Si Se Puede” Human Rights Award

Dr. Phe X Bach, Pacific Asian American Human Rights Award

Skye Tooley, Human Legal rights Award for LGBTQ+ Advocacy in Honor of Nancy Bailey

Gretel Rodriguez, Human Rights Award for Women’s Advocacy

Frank Palad Mata, CTA Peace and Justice Human Rights Award

Stacey Yakimowich Chavez, CTA Member Human Rights Award

Jeanna Tang, College students with Exceptional Wants Human Rights Award

ASTA, CTA Chapter/Service Centre Council Award Requirements


See online video of the award winners listed here.

CTA President E. Toby Boyd spoke to attendees on Sunday morning, stating he was grateful for their ongoing motivation and devotion. “It’s CTA associates just like each of you who keep our social justice mission robust,” he explained. “I thank you from the base of my coronary heart for being in this article this weekend, for generating equity and human rights a priority, and for all the get the job done you do in and exterior of your lecture rooms.”

Tabia African American Theatre Ensemble shut out the convention with a rousing effectiveness that still left the viewers energized and enthusiastic.

Tabia African American Theatre Ensemble

Tabia African American Theatre Ensemble

Top rated picture: A handful of celebrants at CTA’s Human Legal rights Awards gala on March 18. At entrance heart are 2023 Human Legal rights Awardees Skye Tooley and Stacey Yakimowich Chavez. Photo: Chris Robledo