Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEA’s Back to School Tour Highlights Opportunity Gap in Public Education

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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By Amy Jordan If you ask the students at Pyne Poynt Middle School in Camden, New Jersey what they would like to have at their school, the answers are simple. “An art teacher.” “Clubs to participate in.” “Some color on our walls.” That’s what NEA President Lily Ekselsen García found out during the New Jersey [...]

Poll: Public Rejects Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores

September 16, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker More evidence that the country is waking up to toxic standardized testing can be found in the new PDK/Gallup poll on the Public’s Attitude Towards Public Schools. According to the poll released on Tuesday, only 38 percent of the public – and only 31 percent of parents – support using  student standardized [...]

NEA President Salutes Florida Educators For Focusing on the Whole Child

September 11, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez The Florida Education Association (FEA) served as host to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, who traveled to the Sunshine State as part of the Association’s Back-to-School tour, where she visited schools in Miami and Osceola County. The journey took a telescopic look at public education, showcasing the herculean efforts of dedicated educators [...]

‘Relentless and Ruthless’: Filmmaker Robert Greenwald on the Koch Brothers

September 10, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Robert Greenwald is the director of the recently re-released documentary film, Koch Brothers Exposed; 2014 Edition, and the founder and president of Brave New Films, where he has produced and directed films including Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price and Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars. Recently, Greenwald spoke with NEA Today [...]

NEA Student Chair Takes Student Debt Personally

September 9, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Chelsey Herrig, chair of the NEA Student program, graduated recently from Southwestern Minnesota State University owing about $33,000 in student loans. In that way, she’s not very different from many Americans. Seven out of 10 college seniors who graduated last year have student debt—and the average amount is just under $30,000, [...]

More Teachers Adopting Restorative Discipline Practices

September 8, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler When the bell rings at the start of class, not every student takes heed. Often, many continue their own conversations. But sixth-grade science teacher Christopher Martin has found a way to transition students quickly from sports, music and celebrities to the solar system, electricity and tectonic plates – whatever his “do now” [...]

NEA Applauds Investigation into Ferguson Police Practices

September 5, 2014 by clopez  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery NEA President Lily Eskelsen García applauded Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday for launching a civil-rights investigation into police practices in Ferguson, Mo., where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer last month, just days before he would have entered college. “This is a step in the [...]

Districts Weigh Pros and Cons of Year-Round Schools

September 4, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler As educators begin a new school year, they usually have the time to attend staff meetings, tidy up their classrooms, and to prepare for incoming students. Those who teach at multi-track year-round schools, where the school year begins a week after the previous year ended, probably find themselves in a different situation. [...]

The Testing Obsession and the Disappearing Curriculum

September 2, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Not that long ago, elementary schools were places where students could discover what they were good at, explore the subjects that appealed to them, or maybe just be content with enjoying school. But for many elementary school teachers who joined the profession during the last decade, and especially those who work in [...]

Lily Eskelsen García Takes the Helm of the NEA

September 1, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez As a child, Lily Eskelsen García was quiet, studious and introverted. The second eldest of six siblings, she often played alone with her dolls while her sisters played together. She kept her head in books, did well in school, but never talking about her future. The Lily Eskelsen García of today is [...]

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