NEA Introduces New Collaborative Network for Educators
The GPS Network Brings Educators Together to Form Best-in-Class Policy and Practice
At the NEA Expo crowds of delegates gathered around the GPS Network Booth to register for NEA’s new website where members, affiliates and partners can collaborate, advocate and organize to improve public education by leading a student-centered agenda for the Association.
“This kind of network is important because it allows educators to have the power to talk about what we think is important,” says Andre Taylor, an art teacher from Ohio who signed up for the GPS Network at the NEA Expo. “Some of the reformers out there may have engaging rhetoric, but they haven’t really done much to help out students. This network allows us to draw from our classroom experience to find solutions — if you want change in the classroom, it has to come from the classroom.”
The GPS Network is a place where educators will join together to share their ideas in interactive communities, collaborate on strategies and form professional learning communities. It’s a free platform that provides access to best-of-class educator resources, activities, lessons, webinars and other online resources for educators.
“We’ve listened to our members, and they’ve told us they want NEA to focus more on professional issues,” says NEA Senior Policy Analyst Barbara Frank, who was at the GPS Network Booth helping delegates register for the site. “After they’ve registered, educators can immediately tie into more than 20 groups on different topics, such as the Common Core State Standards, school safety, school funding, and differentiated learning, among others. And if they don’t find a topic that’s relevant to them, they can start their own. It’s totally organic.”
The first 2,000 members to sign up at the RA receive a free t-shirt. Delegates can register at the GPS Network Booth at the NEA Expo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 2, and on July 3 through July 6 at the RA Entrance by the café, or online at gpsnetwork.org.
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