Lily Eskelsen García Takes the Helm of the NEA
New president leads largest labor union in the country with historic team of newly elected officers.
If Your Class Looked Like America. . .
Social and economic trends are changing schools everywhere. Does your classroom reflect these shifts?
NEA Hosts Clinic for Students Eligible for Deferred Action
Educators everywhere are stepping up to help students and their families, says NEA Vice President-Elect Pringle.
Back to School 2014: Ten Soul-Saving Tips for New Teachers
An award-winning educator gives new teachers a few pointers on how to navigate through that difficult first year.
Must ReadsRating Teachers Not As Easy As 1, 2, 3
The idea seems simple enough: Identify the best teachers and reward them. Pinpoint the worst and fire them. That’s been a linchpin of the Obama administration’s education agenda from the start. But now the administration’s initiative is in disarray, with states scaling back, slowing down and, in some cases, putting off tough decisions until Obama is out of office. Teachers union pressure, error-riddled evaluations and a wave of more difficult tests for students have won many teachers a reprieve from the newfangled evaluations during the school year now getting underway. Source: Politico
California Governor Appeals Court Ruling Overturning Protections for Teachers
Wading into an intense national battle that has pitted teacher unions against a movement to weaken tenure protections, Gov. Jerry Brown has appealed a California judge’s sweeping ruling that threw out teacher job protection laws on the ground that they deprived students of their constitutional rights. “Changes of this magnitude, as a matter of law and policy, require appellate review,” the one-page appeal said of the case, Vergara v. California. Source: The New York Times
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Ahead in EdNEA’s 2014 Back to School Tour
With the start of the new school year, the National Education Association (NEA) is set to hit the road for its “Back to School” tour. Beginning in California on August 19th, other stops are scheduled for Florida, New Jersey, and Texas, where Lily Eskelsen García, the newly elected NEA President who takes office on September 1, and other NEA leaders will meet with members and community partners to raise awareness on issues affecting the nation’s public schools. Check here for daily updates.
NSTA New Science Teacher Academy – Deadline August 22
The National Science Teachers Association is currently accepting applications for the 2014–2015 New Science Teacher Academy. The Academy is a professional development initiative created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Visit NSTA for more information.
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