Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hundreds of NEA Members Give Back to Atlanta Community

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By Amy Jordan One hundred percent of the students at Thomasville Heights Elementary School receive free or reduced lunch.”Free and reduced is how they eat, not how they learn,” said Cynthia Jewell, principal of the Atlanta, Georgia school. That’s why Jewell has spent the last year trying to connect with the community and turn Thomasville [...]

STEM Teacher and WEA Member is the 2013 National Teacher of the Year

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The Council of Chief State School Officers announced that Jeff Charbonneau, a 9-12th grade Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher in Washington state, is the 63rd National Teacher of the Year. Charbonneau, along with all 2013 State Teachers of the Year, was recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House. Charbonneau teaches [...]

Jumping for Dreams at the Olympics and in the Classroom

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By Ava Wallace Students going back to Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., this fall will have a new math teacher, and if the numbers are right, she will have a gold medal. NEA student program member Chaunte Lowe, a 28-year old Georgia resident, will start her demonstration teaching at Grayson this coming school year, [...]

Innovative Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

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By Rebeca Logan When Maricela Rincón first started school she was sent to the back of the room because she didn’t speak English. Even though she was born in Chicago, Maricela felt isolated and rejected because she spoke only Spanish. “At that time language wasn’t valued… And so I was usually placed in the back [...]

Pennsylvania Schools Stand Up to Bullying

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By Kevin Hart If educators could wave a magic wand and solve one problem affecting American schools, bullying would be high on the list. Teachers, support professionals and administrators are acutely aware that bullying can take a devastating emotional and academic toll on students – in fact, an estimated 160,000 students miss school each day [...]

The White House Praises NEA’s Anti-Bullying Campaign

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Northern Virginia teacher Jaim Foster stood in the Oval Office today and delivered a personal message to President Barack Obama about bullying: It needs to stop, so that every child can be safe and successful. Foster was joined in his trip to the White House by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel [...]

Can You Stand Up to Bullying?

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Just one caring adult can make all the difference in the world to a bullied child, research shows. One caring adult can keep them from dropping out of school. One caring adult can even save their life. NEA is asking you to be that adult. NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me, [...]

Wisconsin Mobilizes Against Gov. Walker’s Anti-Educator Bill

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Idaho Educators and Parents Help Put the Brakes on the Luna Plan

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by Tim Walker When Idaho School State Superintendent Tom Luna unveiled his education proposals last month, educators and parents sprang into action to oppose what was clearly one of the most destructive and ill-conceived “reform” packages in the country.  Thanks to a relentless grassroots effort, the Senate Education Committee agreed last Thursday to send the [...]

Report Calls For More Experienced Teachers in Low-Performing Schools

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By Mary Ellen Flannery When school boards don’t create incentives for experienced, highly qualified teachers to teach in their poorest schools, the kids in those schools are denied the same resources and opportunities to learn that middle-class kids get every day, says a newly report from Appleseed, a national network of public interest justice centers. [...]

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