The Testing Obsession and the Disappearing Curriculum
Let's bring back the arts and social studies and world languages and leave the culture of high stakes testing behind, says NEA president.
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.
Must ReadsWhy One School System is Dropping Teach For America
The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two years of service they promise to make when joining the organization. several board members said they did not want to continue a relationship with the organization because TFA corps members are highly inexperienced. There were also concerns expressed that corps members are required only to promise to stay for two years. Source: The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet
Reviving the Teaching of Cursive
The trend around the United States is to emphasize keyboarding – a skill that is included in the Common Core education standards adopted by most states. But Tennessee lawmakers, concerned that some children do not have a signature and struggle to read their teachers’ handwriting, overwhelmingly passed a bill making cursive a mandatory subject in grades two through four. Keyboarding and print writing will still have their place, but legible penmanship will be required by third grade. Source: The Huffington Post
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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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