Former NEA Executive Committee Member Paula Monroe Named 2014 NEA ESP of the Year
ESPs have never had a greater champion, says NEA President.
Fashion Designer Turned Teacher Has a Model for Creating ‘Better Lessons’
Jamie Ewing draws on his past career as a clothes designer to create a culture of innovation in his classroom.
High-Stakes Testing for Disabled Students: A System ‘Gone Horribly Wrong’
Florida educators call on state to value students more than standardized tests.
Music Education Advocacy Hits Reset
New campaign focuses on music's role in engaging students on levels above and beyond better test scores.
Must ReadsFour Myths about Parent Involvement in Middle School
Moving up to middle school can be overwhelming for parents and students alike. But it doesn’t have to be. By increasing engagement, parents and their children will become more comfortable with middle school, sending student motivation and performance skyrocketing. Parents often have misconceptions about getting involved in middle school. Here are four common myths about parent involvement in grades 6-8 and how to debunk them. Source: MiddleWeb
Court Declares Kansas’ School Funding Levels Unconstitutional
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s current levels of school funding are unconstitutional, and ordered the Legislature to provide for “equitable funding for education” by July 1. The long-anticipated ruling was a victory for education advocates in the state, but it may be a short-lived one as the Legislature has vowed to defy court orders on the subject. According to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kansas is spending 16.5% less per student, or $950 per pupil, on education in 2014 than it did in 2008. Source: Los Angeles Times
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Ahead in EdMarch is Women’s History Month
The March 2014 Theme for Women’s History Month is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. Examine the changing cultural perceptions of women in society and honor their contributions to all aspects of life in these lessons and activities.
International Women’s Day Is March 8
International Women’s Day is a national holiday in twenty-seven countries and is the focus of thousands of events held across the world. “Inspiring Change” is the theme of International Women’s Day. This theme encourages everyone to contribute to the advancement of women and challenge inequities that persist in the United States and abroad. Visit NEA.org for more information.
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