Friday, October 31, 2014

Lessons From Jefferson County: Protest is Patriotic and Every Election Matters

October 8, 2014 by twalker  
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By Luke Towler Stephanie Rossi has taught Advanced Placement U.S. history at Wheat Ridge High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, for over 10 years. She probably never thought her students would one day protest the curriculum used in her class. But that was before the conservative majority on the Jefferson County School Board proposed a resolution [...]

What’s It Like to Be a Student Today? (Infographic)

October 7, 2014 by twalker  
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‘All Kids Deserve to Be Safe from Bullying’: Jake’s Story

October 7, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker On a sunny spring day last April on the steps of the state capitol, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law. Of the many speakers at the ceremony, the crowd cheered the loudest for 11-year-old Jake Ross. Bullied mercilessly while in second grade, Jake turned his [...]

Road Readers: A Bus Driver Helps Develop Reading Enthusiasts

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By John Rosales The rhyme and poetry of Dr. Seuss comes alive the moment Deborah Lazarus pulls her school bus out of River’s Edge Elementary School parking lot in Fayetteville, Georgia. A young student sitting in the front of the bus will open Green Eggs and Ham to page one and prepare to perform as [...]

5 Ways to Break the Mid-Semester Blues

October 5, 2014 by twalker  
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By Kristin Loschert Does this sound familiar? You make it halfway through the first semester and just when you find your groove, it hits: the mid-semester slump. The novelty of the new school year has faded, the rules and routines that worked so well during the first grading period have become a source of tension [...]

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 [...]

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