Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rhode Island Adjuncts Vote for a Union, Aim to Improve Learning Conditions

April 4, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery More than 400 adjunct or contingent faculty members at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) are joining the state’s largest education union, NEA Rhode Island, after a resounding vote for unionization this week. With their vote, the CCRI adjuncts join a fast-growing movement of contingent faculty who see unions as [...]

From Within the Ranks: Teaching Fellowship Trains New Educators on Advocacy and Leadership

April 4, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez For the past several months, dozens of NEA members—from biology, social studies, French and Spanish teachers to reading interventionists, AP chemistry, music and dance teachers—have established a national network through a fellowship that allows the group to exchange ideas and best practices to improve teaching and learning. The Future of the Teaching [...]

Top 5 Myths and Lies About Teachers and Their Profession

April 2, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Well-funded misinformation campaigns succeed in part by leaving no rock unturned in the quest to smear whatever person or institution they are targeting. In these cases, is there any meaningful difference between a hoax, myth, rumor or an outright lie? Not really, because they all serve to discredit and undermine, regardless of [...]

Warding Off Privatization, Paraeducators Gain Strength and Influence Through Organizing

April 1, 2014 by twalker  
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By John Rosales Inspired by the tidal wave of creativity pouring out of trainers at a New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) summer leadership conference, paraeducators Nancy Cogland and Barbara Newman have taken NJEA’s grassroots organizing ideas and given them the opportunity to flourish back home with the Old Bridge Education Association (OBEA). The results since [...]

NEA to Offer Early Enrollment Starting April 1, 2014

March 31, 2014 by twalker  
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Twenty-two may not sound like an enormous class size, but in a remedial eighth-grade math class where some students are still struggling to understand multiplication, division, or fractions, the number is far too high for each student to get the help they need, says teacher Carre Potis. “It makes it difficult to do small group [...]

Educators Rise Up in National Day of Action

March 28, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez Lynn Maiorca is a teacher librarian at Gaiser Middle School in Vancouver, Wash. She is one of four people with the Vancouver Education Association (VEA), an affiliate of the Washington Education Association, who is organizing an association-wide post card drive on April 2, as part of NEA’s Raise Your Hand National Day [...]

Getting Profession-Ready Teachers in Every School

March 27, 2014 by egraham  
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By Edward Graham As new teachers enter the workforce, it’s critical to ensure that they’re profession-ready and adequately prepared to deal with the rigors of a classroom environment. In an effort to help novice teachers transition from a learning environment to a teaching environment, the National Education Association has been working on strategies to better [...]

The Most Segregated Schools Are in the South, Right? Wrong

March 27, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker A new report by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project (CRP) finds that public school students in New York are the most severely segregated in the nation. Students across the state are increasingly isolated by race and class as the proportion of minority and low-income students continues to grow, according to the report, “New [...]

Talking About ‘Grit’: Breakthrough or Just More Reform Snake Oil?

March 25, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Got grit? If you’re a public school teacher in the United States, you probably have plenty. But, believe it or not, some say you might need more to be an effective educator. And what about your students? Are they demonstrating the necessary perseverance, stamina and determination to succeed academically? If you haven’t [...]

NEA and Partners Promote Restorative Justice in Schools

March 24, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Educators cannot stand by as tens of thousands of African-American, Latino, and other students get pushed out of school for minor disciplinary infractions, said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, who on Friday helped release a new toolkit that aims to end the “school-to-prison pipeline” through the use of restorative policies and [...]

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