Thursday, July 24, 2014

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New Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Mid- and Late-Career Teachers New Report Spotlights Stagnant Wage Growth for Mid- and Late-Career Teachers

By Tim Walker While most Americans agree that teachers do not receive the professional pay they deserve, the conversation has generally been framed around the difficulty of attracting people to the teaching profession. Less attention has been paid to educators who have been in the classroom for at least ten years and the stagnant salaries that are squeezing... [Read more]

Lessons From a Special Education Teacher: Be Flexible, No Labels, and Always Stay Organized Lessons From a Special Education Teacher: Be Flexible, No Labels, and Always Stay Organized

Educators may spend their careers preparing lessons, but often the most memorable are those they learn themselves.  With that in mind, NEA Today asked school staff –  everyone from classroom teachers and bus drivers to guidance counselors and school nurses – to share the everyday lessons they’ve picked up along the way in a series called... [Read more]

How Music Education Powers the STEAM Movement How Music Education Powers the STEAM Movement

By Richard Naithram With many of the nation’s education leaders focused on the importance of STEM education, the movement to add music to the equation is getting more attention. Recently, a panel of experts gathered on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to discuss ways to elevate music education– and the arts in general – and turn STEM (Science Technology... [Read more]

Despite Political Battle, Schools Forge Ahead With Healthier Meals Despite Political Battle, Schools Forge Ahead With Healthier Meals

By Luke Towler When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released standards in 2012 to help ensure every public school student had access to nutritious healthy foods, probably few expected it would lead to a heated political debate. But under a proposed bill in Congress backed by Republicans, schools could receive waivers from the USDA to temporarily... [Read more]

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NRA Video: Kids Should Be Proficient With Guns to Move Up in School

In a video titled “Everyone Gets a Gun,” posted this week by the National Rifle Association, commentator Billy Johnson said firearm proficiency should be a requirement in schools, just like reading and writing. “Just like we teach them reading and writing, necessary skills. We would teach shooting and firearm competency,” he explained. “It wouldn’t matter if a child’s parents weren’t good at it. We’d find them a mentor. It wouldn’t matter if they didn’t want to learn. We would make it necessary to advance to the next grade.” Johnson also said the government would have to “subsidize” the purchase of guns like it did with food, education, and health care.

Unions Put Teachers on Streets — For Votes

Teachers unions are struggling to protect their political clout, but as the midterm elections approach, they’re fighting back with their most popular asset: the teachers themselves. The unions are sending armies of educators to run a huge get-out-the-vote effort aimed at reversing the red tide that swept Republicans into power across the country in 2010. “If someone knocks on your door and says, ‘I’m Mark, I’m from the state Democratic Party,’ you take the literature and shut the door,” said Karen White, political director for the National Education Association. “If you say, ‘Hi, I’m Karen, I’m a third-grade teacher at Hillsmere Elementary and I’m here to tell you what’s at stake for public education,’ that gets a very different reaction from the voter.”
Source: Politico

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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.

2014 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, June 26-July 6

Beginning this week, educators from around the country will arrive in Colorado’s Mile High City to rise to the challenge of setting public education policy. Nearly 9,000 National Education Association members from every state will come together to address issues facing schools, students, and the teaching profession during the National Education Association’s 152nd Annual Meeting and 93rd Representative Assembly (RA). Visit for more information.

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