Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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NEA’s Back to School Tour Highlights Opportunity Gap in Public Education NEA’s Back to School Tour Highlights Opportunity Gap in Public Education

By Amy Jordan If you ask the students at Pyne Poynt Middle School in Camden, New Jersey what they would like to have at their school, the answers are simple. “An art teacher.” “Clubs to participate in.” “Some color on our walls.” That’s what NEA President Lily Ekselsen García found out during the New Jersey leg of NEA’s 2014 Back to... [Read more]


Poll: Public Rejects Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores Poll: Public Rejects Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores

By Tim Walker More evidence that the country is waking up to toxic standardized testing can be found in the new PDK/Gallup poll on the Public’s Attitude Towards Public Schools. According to the poll released on Tuesday, only 38 percent of the public – and only 31 percent of parents – support using  student standardized test scores to evaluate... [Read more]


NEA President Salutes Florida Educators For Focusing on the Whole Child NEA President Salutes Florida Educators For Focusing on the Whole Child

By Brenda Álvarez The Florida Education Association (FEA) served as host to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, who traveled to the Sunshine State as part of the Association’s Back-to-School tour, where she visited schools in Miami and Osceola County. The journey took a telescopic look at public education, showcasing the herculean efforts of dedicated... [Read more]


‘Relentless and Ruthless’: Filmmaker Robert Greenwald on the Koch Brothers ‘Relentless and Ruthless’: Filmmaker Robert Greenwald on the Koch Brothers

By Mary Ellen Flannery Robert Greenwald is the director of the recently re-released documentary film, Koch Brothers Exposed; 2014 Edition, and the founder and president of Brave New Films, where he has produced and directed films including Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars. Recently, Greenwald spoke with NEA Today... [Read more]


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Must Reads

How to Get Girls More Interested in STEM Subjects

To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature. As it turns out, students often carry these barriers right along with them, from the real world into the virtual one. Female students, for example, are poorly represented in science, technology, engineering, and math courses offered online, just as they are scarce in STEM classes conducted in physical classrooms. Why are girls underrepresented in STEM classes and careers? What can be done about it? Source: The Answer Sheet/The Washington Post


With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise

Technology companies are collecting a vast amount of data about students, touching every corner of their educational lives — with few controls on how those details are used. Now California is poised to become the first state to comprehensively restrict how such information is exploited by the growing education technology industry. Source: The New York Times


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Ahead in Ed

National Hispanic American Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.


NEA’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.


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