Friday, August 1, 2014

Eskelsen García: We Are Fearless and We Will Not Be Silent

July 6, 2014 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez NEA president-elect Lily Eskelsen García, after praising those who have supported and worked in concert with her, concluded NEA’s 152nd Annual Meeting with a strong message to those “who don’t know what they’re talking about”: We will not be silent “We,” of course, refers to the three million educators who know what’s [...]

National Teacher of the Year: We Are the ‘Decisive Elements’ in Student Lives

July 5, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Educators are the “decisive element” in the lives of millions of students who face daunting challenges every day, said Sean McComb, the 2014 National Teacher of the Year, in his speech to the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly on Saturday. “More than ever, children at the bottom need incredible schools and incredible [...]

2014 ESP of the Year Paula Monroe Honored at RA

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By Brenda Álvarez Paula Monroe is unequivocally an Education Support Professional (ESP), a high school secretary in Redlands, Calif. It is a title she immediately says upon meeting new people or speaking to an audience. A designation she dons proudly and one that has allowed her to nationally advocate for ESPs, raising their profile along [...]

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 [...]

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