Saturday, April 19, 2014

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 [...]

School Prevention Programs Try to Rein in Heroin, Pill Epidemic

March 21, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery Over three days in 2011, two Neuqua Valley High School students died of heroin and other drug overdoses. Six months later, a third followed, again from heroin. “We knew we needed to do something, and we knew we needed to do it right,” said school social worker Pam Witt. The school’s [...]

Extras Zzz’s in the Morning May Bring Teens More A’s in School

March 20, 2014 by twalker  
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By Cindy Long The hallway of a typical American high school before the first bell can look like a scene from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Teenagers shuffle towards classrooms listlessly, dragging their backpacks and feet, their dark-circled eyes barely open. It’s usually a lack of sleep that turns most teens into zombies, and new research [...]

Why Are Teachers in North Carolina Being Asked to Swap Due Process for a Pay Raise?

March 18, 2014 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker If you were an educator in the state that ranks 46th in teacher salaries and have received only a paltry one percent pay raise in five years, the prospect of securing a bonus of $5000 should be welcome news. But what if the pay hike was contingent upon you trading away every [...]

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