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Read Me, Please! My favorites from 2015.

If you’re like me, you have a small stack of magazines you’ve promise yourself you’ll get to…eventually. You just can’t seem to find the time to read the cover story that made you buy the magazine or the news article that piqued your interest or the webpage that you bookmarked. And it’s understandable why the More…

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We are all Paris

I am just back from my first meeting as a new regional vice president of Education International, an organization with the powerful solidarity of almost 400 educational unions and associations in 171 countries that represents more than 32 million educators from preschool to graduate school. They hold their meetings at their headquarters this week in Brussels. Yes. Brussels. More…

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Guest Blog: Improving Education By Being Better Together

Written by Chelsey Herrig, NEA Student Program Chair Entering the classroom as a new and young educator, I know that it is my responsibility to be educated on the issues that will affect my students’ ability to learn. The NEA Student Program provides the professional development and advocacy training needed to not only be the More…

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Back to School Tour 2015 Updates

Lily is on the road for NEA’s 2015 #BackToSchool Tour! From Sept 8-18, keep up with Lily as she visits schools and meets with members, students, and community partners to raise awareness on issues affecting the nation’s public schools. She will be in South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. More…

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Normal People Don’t Work in a Public School

I think I just need to say this. I mean it in a respectful way. Kind of. But Normal People don’t work in a public school. I know this, because I know what happened to me every summer break. I taught in a traditional, quite normal elementary school in the suburbs of Salt Lake City. More…

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International Struggles for the Whole Child (and a pretty song)

Earlier in the summer, I was asked to attend a conference in Santiago, Chile regarding a new pedagogical movement to embrace the Whole Child based on teachings of Paolo Freire. I was nervous, since my Spanish is still a work in progress – my mother is from Panama, but she never taught her children her More…

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Our Golden Opportunity

Many of you know what our students have had to endure regarding No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Far from the origins of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which was designed to help close the resource gap between schools in affluent communities and schools in communities of poverty More…