Educators in Action

Kansas Preschool Teacher Is the 2020 National Teacher of the Year – Education Article

2020 National Teacher of the Year Tabatha Rosproy Meet the new National Teacher of the Year! Preschool teacher Tabatha Rosproy, a Kansas-NEA member, is the first early childhood educator to win the honor, which is given annually by the Council of Chief State School Officers. “I am so honored to have been chosen to represent the incredible educators in our nation,” said Rosproy, in a statement. As National Teacher of the Year, Rosproy said she hopes to shine a light…

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Support Professionals in Texas Report Back to Work – Education Article

Linda Estrada, secretary at Runn Elementary in Donna, Texas, assembles student packets. (photo: Clarissa Lopez) Linda Estrada, a school secretary at Runn Elementary School in Donna, Texas, has been receiving texts day and night from education support professionals (ESP) across the Donna Independent School District asking about the requirement to report back to work this month. “What if I feel unsafe?” “What about my kids at home?” “What if I’m in a high risk group?” “There are a lot of…

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Parents Overwhelmingly Support Educators During Pandemic – Education Article

Arizona students show appreciation for their teachers during a neighborhood parade in Yuma on April 15. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP) When the coronavirus pandemic forced school buildings across the country to close the doors in March, educators reacted quickly, not only to continue students’ education, but help them stay fed, supported and healthy. Teachers moved their classes online, cafeteria workers are preparing and distributing meals at grab-and-go stations, and school nurses are volunteering at hospitals and conducting virtual…

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Radioactive Materials Close Ohio School for Nearly a Year – Education Article

It has been almost a year since Zahn’s Corner Middle School in Piketon, Ohio, abruptly shut its doors last May, soon after environmental tests showed the presence of enriched uranium on desks and other surfaces, and neptunium-237 in the air outside. Located about four miles downwind of a Cold War-era uranium enrichment plant, the school still sits empty as worried—and frustrated—parents and educators attempt to ensure their community’s safety. State officials haven’t been any help, they say, while federal Department…

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Paraeducator Raises Funds for Students Affected by Puerto Rico Earthquakes – Education Article

Mary Ann Rivera (center) and volunteers sort through donations for victims of Hurricane Maria at a local church. Students in Puerto Rico were supposed to return to school in early January after winter break, but after hundreds of earthquakes and aftershocks rocked the island, dozens of schools, buildings, homes, and businesses were reduced to piles of cement blocks and rubble. The series of tremors, which started December 28 and reached a fever pitch with a massive 6.4 quake January 7,…

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8 Education Trends and Ideas Worth Leaving Behind in 2019 – Education Article

For public education, 2019, like previous years, brought its share of the good, the bad, and the ugly. On balance, there was plenty of good news, made largely possible by the 2018 mid-term elections that swept pro-education candidates into office. Much of that energy was drawn from the #RedforEd movement, which continued to generate momentum in calling for greater investments in public schools. As a result, educators and their unions head into the new decade stronger than ever. Students are…

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School Secretary’s Sense of Pride Captures the Spirit of ESP Day – Education Article

School secretary Nila Brown with two students at Crofton Woods Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, MD. In September of 1977, Jimmy Carter was President of the United States and the cost of a gallon of regular gas was $0.62. The top song on the charts was “Best of My Love” by The Emotions and the first episode of the long-running hit TV show Love Boat aired on ABC. It was also the start of a new school year and…

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2019 Teacher of the Year: ‘Everyone Benefits From Diversity’ – Education Article

Rodney Robinson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year addresses the delegates during the NEA Representative Assembly. Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, brought the 7,000 NEA Representative Assembly delegates to their feet on Saturday with an impassioned plea for diversity, increased opportunity for our most vulnerable students, and a day of reckoning for politicians who refuse to fully-fund public education. “When we talk about education justice,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, “Rodney lives it every day.” Robinson…

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West Virginia Lawmakers Out to Punish Educators for Taking a Stand – Education Article

(Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP) In October, the West Virginia Legislature promised to give educators a pay raise. It failed to deliver on that promise and so a special session was called to hash out the details. As many suspected, strings would be attached. “Not exactly an earth-shattering revelation,” wrote Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, in an editorial in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, “but even we’re a little shocked at how far West Virginia’s [senate] has gone…

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50 Years After Stonewall: LGBTQ Pride in America’s Schools – Education Article

NEA EdJustice Resources and stories for creating safe, affirming schools for LGBTQ students. Take Action: Tell the Senate to Pass the Equality ActMore than half the states in the U.S. lack fully inclusive non-discrimination protections, leaving millions of people subject to potential discrimination in their daily lives. NEA’s Read Across America CalendarEducator-recommended, age-appropriate titles that explore identity and can blend effectively into existing classroom activities and units of study. NEA Center for Social Justice TrainingsDesigned for all NEA members, particularly those…

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Union Stands Behind Counselor Punished For Advocating For Students – Education Article

High school counselor Kris Bertsch Rydell (photo: courtesy of California Teachers Association) A Santa Rosa High School (SRHS) counselor is being punished for standing up for her students. So say students, parents, and her colleagues in the Santa Rosa Teachers Association (SRTA), who are rallying behind the highly decorated and respected veteran high school counselor, Kris Bertsch-Rydell. As a veteran counselor, Bertsch has instructional history and knows how the counseling system works. “I’m a strong voice. I’ll advocate for my…

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How Closing Schools Traumatizes Students and Communities – Education Article

A student walks down a hallway at the Jean de Lafayette Elementary School, on the final day of school Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Chicago. The school was one of 50 slated to be closed by the city.(AP Photo/Scott Eisen) Since 2004, Oakland Unified School District has closed 16 schools and is now targeting an additional 24 by the start of the 2019-20 school year. District officials call it “right-sizing,” a term borrowed from corporate America – appropriate given that…

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Serving the Whole Child Involves Every Educator – Education Article

Meeting the needs of the whole child in our nation’s public schools requires an integrated approach to include social, emotional, and academic learning. And the federal government wants to help the cause to the tune of $260 million. “It’s not like you can do just one of these,” said Jessica Cardichon, a director with the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), which sponsored a recent discussion at the U.S. Capitol titled, How Federal Policy Can Empower States and Communities to Provide Whole…

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Labor Movement Comes Back Big After ‘Janus’ – Education Article

In January, Virginia teacher Nicole Loch attended a #RedForEd rally at the statehouse in Richmond. She arrived on a charter bus sponsored by the Fauquier Education Association (FEA), even though Loch had never joined the union—a decision she had resisted for 11 years. “It was a bus full of other educators from my county,” says Loch, a civics teacher at Auburn Middle School in Warrenton. “When I got to Richmond, I saw the power of mobilization and strength in numbers,”…

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Clever, Funny, and Fiery: The Best of #RedforEd Protest Signs – Education Article

Crumbling desks and tattered textbooks. Large class sizes. Multiple jobs. Stagnant salaries. Unsustainable pensions. These were some of the issues educators brought to the forefront during the wave of #RedForEd rallies, walkouts, protests, job actions, and strikes. The issues run deep. Yet, educators and their supporters still found a way to lighten the mood with fun, pithy rally sign. Click to view slideshow. This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Tim Walker Read Full Article

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“If We Don’t Do Something, It’s Never Going to Change” – Education Article

(photo: Joe Brusky) At the panel discussion on educator walkouts at the National Education Writers Association (EWA) conference this week, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia was asked what was driving this unprecedented activism happening across the country, including the latest action in Oregon this week. “A moment in West Virginia became a movement,” Eskelsen Garcia said. “It is inspiring. It’s energizing. And it’s always a little scary because no one knows how these things will turn out, but so far we’ve had…

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