Thursday, October 23, 2014

Educator-Activist José Vilson: Teacher-Student Relationships Cannot Be Standardized

October 3, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez Educator and activist José Luis Vilson, a member of New York State United Teachers, was at NEA headquarters in Washington, D.C., recently to discuss his book, This is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class and Education. In addition to reading excerpts from the book, the accomplished math teacher of [...]

NEA President: Educators Play Pivotal Role in Guiding Girls Into Leadership Roles

October 1, 2014 by twalker  
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By Richard Naithram There’s a gender leadership gap in the United States, says NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, and educators are well-positioned to help close it. “The role educators can play in shaping perceptions of women as leaders and creating a pipeline for girls to lead inside and outside school is clear,” Eskelsen Garcia said. [...]

How LGBT Students Can Pay an ‘Unfair Price’ Over a Lifetime

September 30, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker An economy still plagued by stagnant wages, sluggish growth and a tight job market has left millions of Americans financially vulnerable and struggling to make ends meet. A new landmark report, however, asserts that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans are feeling this pain more acutely than others. The reason? A [...]

Experts Discuss How to Expand STEM Initiatives

September 30, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler As an eighth-grade science teacher, NEA Vice President Rebecca Pringle always encouraged her students to stick with science, hoping they would subsequently pursue careers in the field. “I wanted to know that when they had a choice not to take science anymore, they would continue,” Pringle said during a panel discussion on [...]

What Recovery? Schools Still Reeling From Budget Cuts

September 29, 2014 by twalker  
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By Janet Rivera Mednik In Virginia’s Prince William County, buses that once shuttled middle school students home from after-school activities have been parked. The reason? Lack of funding has shut students out from athletics, clubs, and after-school help. Budget cuts over the last several years have made this situation typical, exacting a heavy toll on [...]

11 Highlights from NEA’s Midwest Back to School Tour

September 26, 2014 by twalker  
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By Amy Jordan NEA President Lily Eskelsen García wrapped up the 2014 NEA Back to School Tour with a swing through the midwest. She met with educators and students at great schools across Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin and campaigned to make public education a priority for lawmakers. Here are just a few of the many [...]

Video: Lily Eskelsen García on ‘Morning Joe’

September 25, 2014 by twalker  
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NEA President Lily Eskelsen García appeared on ‘Morning Joe’ on MSNBC on Thursday to talk about the failures of education ‘reform’ and why the U.S. should follow the examples of countries that improve student achievement without “test and punish” regimes.

Smoke, Mirrors, and Pension ‘Reform’

September 24, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Public pensions are under attack across the U.S. From Arizona to Florida, state governors and legislators have been moving to cut pension benefits for retired teachers and other public employees, and enroll new workers in 401K-style “defined contribution” funds instead of traditional, secure “defined benefit” pensions. But a close look at [...]

Career and Technical Education Back From the Brink

September 23, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez Five years ago, Sandra Rhee was a freshman at Esperanza High School in Anaheim, Calif. As she walked through the school to turn in a paper, the AP student took a turn around the theater and passed an open door. What she saw that day would change her forever. “I saw a [...]

The Long History of Blaming Teachers First

September 22, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker A high-ranking education official in a major U.S. city feverishly argues that schools should be operated like a business. Unapologetic about targeting and firing ineffective teachers, the official  pushes for an evaluation system that is rooted in student test scores. You’re right if you think this sounds like  Michelle Rhee, the former [...]

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