Season for Giving Thanks

This is my favorite time of the year because ’tis the season for giving thanks. Just last week we paused to give thanks to the veterans who have sacrificed to protect this great nation. We have another reason to be grateful to our veterans: together with teachers, they played a pivotal role nearly a century ago in education. More…

Lily Eskelsen Garcia meets with elementary students in El Paso

Bragging Rights for the Humble of Heart

There is a Spanish term of art: humilde de corazón. Humble of heart. It is a product especially of the Latino culture “not to brag, but to be humble,” to praise others instead of taking credit for a success. I think it’s a product of the culture of educators as well. More…

A Look at the Whole Child Approach (Like Football)

If a football team wants to win, it must be able to execute all of the plays in its playbook, not just a couple. That means the quarterback must throw, receivers must catch, running backs must carry the ball, kickers must kick and everyone must execute their blocking assignments.

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…

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…