Friday, October 24, 2014

Road Readers: A Bus Driver Helps Develop Reading Enthusiasts

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By John Rosales The rhyme and poetry of Dr. Seuss comes alive the moment Deborah Lazarus pulls her school bus out of River’s Edge Elementary School parking lot in Fayetteville, Georgia. A young student sitting in the front of the bus will open Green Eggs and Ham to page one and prepare to perform as [...]

The Key to Fighting Privatization? Preparation

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By John Rosales Spring is usually the season when private contractors across the nation seem to crawl out of the woodwork seeking public school contracts. Why? Easy prey. Privateers know school board members are desperately trying to balance budgets for the upcoming school year. And nothing is easier for cash-strapped trustees needing to strike a [...]

2014 ESP of the Year Paula Monroe Honored at RA

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By Brenda Álvarez Paula Monroe is unequivocally an Education Support Professional (ESP), a high school secretary in Redlands, Calif. It is a title she immediately says upon meeting new people or speaking to an audience. A designation she dons proudly and one that has allowed her to nationally advocate for ESPs, raising their profile along [...]

Arkansas ESP Shares Lessons On Reaching for the Stars

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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 “What I’ve Learned.” [...]

Former NEA Executive Committee Member Paula Monroe Named 2014 NEA ESP of the Year

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By John Rosales Everybody knows Paula. Ask any of the approximately 1,000 attendees of NEA’s Education Support Professional (ESP) Conference in San Francisco about Paula Monroe and most everyone will know the name. Others will know the face. In her 26 years with the Redlands Unified School District in California, Monroe has compiled an impressive [...]

Aging School Kitchens Undermine Healthy Meal Preparation

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By John Rosales It was food delivery day at Glen Landing Middle School in Blackwood, New Jersey, and the 42-year-old walk-in freezer went kaput. Again. “The food delivery we were supposed to receive that Thursday had to be delivered to another school,” says Marge Vallieu, a 22-year district employee, the last 17 as Glen Landing’s [...]

Protecting ESPs Who Are Threatened for Refusing Unsafe Work

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By John Rosales Removing mold from dozens of classrooms in a two-story building at Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey was not the usual cleanup job for custodians. It was the type of hazardous work that goes beyond the training of most custodians. Plus, the school did not possess the proper safety equipment, [...]

Retired School Bus Driver’s Clothing Bank Helps Low-Income Students

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By Angela Harvey During her years as a school bus driver, it upset Diane Formoso to see some children without coats or proper shoes shivering in the chilly morning air as they waited for her bus. She reached out to several of these students, buying them jackets, shoes, or Christmas presents. Her actions quickly grew [...]

Van Roekel: Education Support Professionals Keep Students Safe Every Day

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By John Rosales Speaking to a group of educators attending the Safe School Summit in Northampton, Massachusetts, National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel noted the courage and quick-thinking of school support staff professionals like Charles Poland Jr., the Alabama school bus driver who stood off a gunman refusing his demands to turn over two young [...]

Bus Drivers Work to Strengthen Trespassing Laws on School Buses

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By John Rosales Most trespass violations on a school bus are typically parents boarding the bus to check on their children. “Their intentions are harmless,” says Donna Nielsen, a school bus driver for 27 years. “But anyone entering a school bus can affect the safety of the students on board.” That’s why it is against [...]

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