Flowers for Margaret

It’s time to notice. It’s time to show appreciation. Parents, students, teachers: it’s time to give a big bouquet of thank you’s to the Education Support Professionals who do so much for our students. More…

Our Babies…The Tragedy at Sandy Hook

Our babies died Friday. Their teachers died trying to save them. The school custodian took his life in his hands running through the hall shouting a warning about the shooter in the building. There are no words that will comfort the families of those who went to school giggling and happy and who will never return home for an after-school snack. More…

The Truth About Healthy Food (and Kids and Schools)

First, let me just say, that I’m not advocating lying to children. I’m not proposing that moms and dads make up silly lies and tell tall tales just to get kids to eat healthier. I am absolutely not saying that. Lying to your children is wrong. And you get caught.

I did. More…

These Educators Deserve a Movie Deal

There are two stories to tell in Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania. One is a heroic story worthy of a book or movie deal. Chester Upland, a poor and predominantly minority district, is a long way from Hollywood, but it does have a star in Sara Ferguson. More…

This is What Democracy Looks Like

We are a strange but noble people. We are passionate. We are generous. We are sensitive and kind and a little crazy. We are very smart. We care about someone else’s child More…

That’s What I Am: Professional Wrestling, Bullying and Teachers

There are children today who have to remind themselves every day, “I’m a human being. That’s what I am.” They have to remind themselves because they are not treated like human beings with hearts and souls. They are tormented and frightened and threatened. And if we are human beings, we will make it stop. More…

Education Support Professionals are Incredible

My National Education Association and our state and local affiliates are often referred to in the press as the “teachers’ union”. But everyone who works in our public schools is eligible to be a member. Half a million of our members are Education Support Professionals. We couldn’t run our schools for a day without them. More…

National Teachers’ Day vs Pink Slip Week

this is the week that perhaps up to 250,000 teachers and vital support staff will be receiving pink slips telling them that due to the financial crisis, there is no money to pay them next year. More…

ESP – Extraordinary Special Power

These are proud professionals. So I want to congratulate the guy with the big office and the big title, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, for doing what no other Secretary of Education has done before him. On his listening tour of America’s schools where he has gathered groups of teachers and groups of school board members and groups of administrators, he insisted on a special gathering of Education Support Professionals to hear what they had to say. More…