NEA Celebrates Higher Ed in October

The NEA family includes the full spectrum of educators, and no matter where we are or what we do, we share a goal: exposing students to every opportunity to discover all they are capable of achieving. With that in mind, delegates to the 2018 NEA Representative Assembly designated October as National Higher Education Month. This More…

Guidance counselors: We need them more than ever

There’s nothing so personal. So painful. So well-hidden as mental illness. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 7-13. We need more school guidance counselors to support our most vulnerable students. More…

Want to be heard? Speak out with your vote!

The well-rounded education that all students deserve includes a deep appreciation for citizenship and its core right and responsibility: voting. With National Voter Registration Day just around the corner (Tuesday, September 25), the NEA is encouraging members to advocate for—and hold—voter registration drives in public high schools. Like the saying goes: Not voting actually is voting. It’s voting to give away your voice and your power. More…

What does Labor Day mean to NEA members? Organize…Organize…Organize!

I love Labor Day celebrations. The parades. The end-of-the-summer barbecues signaling autumn’s approach. Paying homage to the legendary leaders whose activism won the rights working people have now.  All of it reminds me of how far we’ve come…and how tenuous our achievements are, especially when protections and workers’ rights we’ve taken for granted for decades More…

From tutoring to temping, we do it all after the school day ends

The joke around the lunch table when I taught was that teaching paid a perfectly adequate, even handsome…supplemental income. We made a list one year and found that our professional teaching faculty included a waitress, a lifeguard, a shoe salesman, a clerk in Sears’ lingerie department, a disc jockey, a furniture mover, and a secretary. More…