Thursday, July 24, 2014

Van Roekel Tells RA Delegates Bringing Equity to Schools Requires Leadership, Not Just Action

July 3, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker NEA President Dennis Van Roekel delivered his final keynote speech at the 2014 Representative Assembly on Wednesday with a passionate and stirring exhortation for educators to lead the movement to bring equity and excellence to the nation’s schools. Success in ridding the system of high-stakes testing and the influence of corporate reformers, creating [...]

Empowered Educators Raise Their Hands for Student Success

July 2, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery More than 1,000 innovative, empowered educators put their heads and hearts together during NEA’s “Raise Your Hand: Empowered Educators Day” on Wednesday, sharing the awesome and inspiring ways they use their power to make a difference for every child in the nation. “Every one of you is a leader. Every one [...]

Reading Magic Hits Denver

July 2, 2014 by clong  
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By Anita Merina Seuss was on the loose in Denver, Colorado, July 1 as three hundred local students descended upon the Denver Public Library for a bit of reading magic and a visit from the Cat in the Hat. and Thing 1 and Thing 2.  Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock welcomed students to the Read [...]

NEA Launches Campaign to End ‘Toxic Testing’

July 1, 2014 by twalker  
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By Cindy Long and Sara Robertson Delegates to the National Education Association’s annual meeting in July voted to launch a national campaign to put the focus of assessments and accountability back on student learning and end the “test blame and punish” system that has dominated public eduction in the last decade. The campaign will among other [...]

Unions Give Back: NEA Members Revitalize Two Denver Schools

July 1, 2014 by twalker  
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By Amy Jordan and Celeste Busser What takes 53 pieces of furniture, 40 gallons of paint, 50 square feet of pavers and more fun than can be calculated? Outreach to Teach! Since its inception 19 years ago, Outreach to Teach, sponsored by the National Education Association Student Program, has become an annual community service celebration [...]

NEA Activists Vow to Continue Fight for Social Justice

June 30, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Like Martin Luther King, Jr., encouraged, NEA and its members have a long history of “exposing injustice to the light of human conscience,” said NEA Secretary Treasurer Becky Pringle on Sunday — and that work proudly continued this week at the NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women in [...]

With ‘Harris’ Ruling, Supreme Court Silences Voices of Working Families

June 30, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery and Tim Walker Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 decision, voted to brush aside 40 years of legal precedent and eliminate fair share, or agency fee, arrangements for Illinois home health care workers. National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel said the ruling in Harris v. Quinn, in [...]

Educators Help Keep Political Momentum Going for Expanded Pre-K

June 28, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Until she appeared before the Seattle City Council in May, elementary school teacher Elizabeth Owen-Twombley had never publicly testified before any group of elected officials. But when the opportunity arose to champion pre-K education, Owen-Twombley wasn’t about to pass up the chance to speak directly to lawmakers. Owen-Twombley teaches at Roxhill Elementary [...]

Vermont and its Educators Lead the Way on Single Payer

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By Mary Ellen Flannery The same state that led the nation on same-sex marriage is now tackling another social justice issue: health care coverage for all of its residents. Led by Gov. Peter Shumlin, with the strong support of VT-NEA and its leaders, the state of Vermont is moving effectively toward becoming the first in [...]

Survey: U.S. Accountability System Less Fair and Effective Compared to Other Countries

June 25, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez Educators who are empowered to take control of their profession tend to yield better results for their practice, students, and learning. Supporting this statement is an international report released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which shows that teachers are the gateway to improve teaching and learning—and transform [...]

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