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…

Anniversary Reflections

I took office as NEA president in September of last year. I’m pretty sentimental about birthdays and anniversaries. Ok. Not so sentimental as I’m pretty much looking for any excuse to have a party. But aside from the celebration, an anniversary is a good time to reflect. I started the year going Back to School More…

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…

Winding Down

One of my best friends recently retired from teaching and it got me thinking about all the goodbyes that are being said in schools everywhere as another school year comes to an end. It’s not only a time for goodbyes, but also one for reflection. More…

Arizona: It’s Voting Country

This post is dedicated to social justice warriors here in Tucson, in Phoenix and across this great country. I’m traveling today, going to places where the margin of error for electing great public school advocates is razor thin. If we aren’t there doing everything we need to do to help them, we won’t win. More…

TIME to Beat up Teachers

A fabulous friend recently said to me, “I’m just so tired of the new national pastime – Beat up a Teacher.” She had seen the nasty cover of Time with a court gavel about to smash an apple (a good one by the way). She had seen the title she knew was a lie: It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher. But I think what pushed her over the edge was the subheading: A group of Silicon Valley investors wants to change that. More…