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A Message From Lily

Open mouth. Insert foot. That’s what I did. You may have seen video of me addressing the Campaign for America’s Future in October, where I mentioned my frustration with those who believe there’s a single fix for public schools. I related an encounter with one such person, and I said I should have used the More…

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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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The Great Thanksgiving Listen from StoryCorps

I’m an NPR junkie. National Public Radio gives me a Writers’ Almanac to break up the breaking and often heartbreaking news. It gives me Car Guys. It gives me Prairie Home Companion. And. It gives me StoryCorps. More…

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garc“a on the 2015 NEA Back To School Tour

American Education Week Recap

This past week, November 16-20, we celebrated the 94th annual American Education Week. This weeklong celebration of public education gave us the chance to spotlight the importance of ALL the individuals who make a difference in the lives of students and ensure they receive a great public education. More…

High school students from the Grand Center Arts Academy march south along the Grand Boulevard sidewalk towards MokaBees Coffee house, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in St. Louis. The students were marching to show their support for Concerned Student 1950 protesters at the University of Missouri. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

No Power like the Power of the People

In cafeterias, student unions, dorms, classrooms, quads; through sit-ins, walkouts, and protests; across the country, students are taking action to expose racial injustice and demand change. We know that when students of color are stereotyped and marginalized, it is far more difficult for them to learn and achieve. This is not up for debate. This is fact. More…

Kindergarten orientation day at Lake Region Schools in western Maine towns of Naples, Sebago and Bridgton. Shot for NEA. Line Mulcahy, bus driver and bus driver training officer, conducts her safety check-over of her bus. She checks fluid levels; examines the exterior checking mirrors, tires, windshield wipers, exterior lights, warnings and signs; the functioning of the emergency exits inside and out; interior lights, safety items including fire extinguisher and first aid kit; and opens all emergency exits. Her rear emergency exit door was stuck from the previous season, and Line recruited some strong men to release the door.

Real Superheroes Wear Sweaters

Let me tell you about some people who change the world every day: amazing rabble rousers in appliqued sweater vests. They drive your child’s school bus. They teach second grade. They are leading the fight for child nutrition and to end childhood hunger. More…

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Something Important Happens Here

Everywhere I go I tell people about the amazing educators I serve. I tell the people I sit next to on airplanes. I tell taxi drivers. I tell my friends and family probably way too much. I tell people who already know and I tell people who don’t want to hear it. More…

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Campus Equity Week

It’s fitting that we celebrate Campus Equity Week during the last full week of October, right before Halloween. While students are out trying to scare each other on this day every year, contingent faculty face scary circumstances that last year-round. More…