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Your Year in Photos

From the cameras of educators, here are the shots that show the depth of your days.

Left: Attacks on educators aren’t going unnoticed. From Wisconsin to New Hampshire to Idaho to Tennessee, NEA members are fighting back. Here, members of the Sevastopol (Wisconsin) Education Association lined the streets before school, during lunch and after school. “We’re really protesting the... attack on workers rights,” said Ade Webber, a Sevastopol High School social studies teacher. Photo by Sevastopol High School teacher Jean Tice.

Left: Future scientists of America! These two girls at Hayfield Elementary School in Northern Virginia are handling strawberry slurry as part of an experiment to extract DNA from the fruit. (Side note: Girls still compose just 27 percent of this country’s scientists and engineers—and it isn’t because of a lack of ability. Research shows it’s a lack of confidence and interest. Your encouragement can help!) Photo by Thomas Kinder.

Right: What’s an average day for health tech Judy Near? She sees 50 to 60 students at Skyline Elementary School in Cañon City, Colorado—and also takes attendance, administers medications, performs health screenings, cares for students with diabetes and other chronic conditions, tracks immunizations, and communicates with parents. Photo by Ron MacFarlane.

Left: Overwhelmed by high-profile heart-breaking stories of bullying, Jonathan Sherry, the talented and gifted coordinator at Sherburne-Earlville Central Schools, began looking for an anti-bullying program for his New York district. He founded, Love is Louder, which understands “the power of positivity is singlehandedly stronger than the monstrosity of meanness.” His students have embraced it enthusiastically, sharing the message broadly. Photo by Jonathan Sherry.

Right: Let’s fly a kite! Second graders in Ramona Hall’s art room at Albertville Primary School in Alabama created this parade of fish kites while learning about the Japanese celebration of Children’s Day. It’s art; it’s social studies; it’s geography; and, in too many schools, it’s being squeezed by the narrow focus of the No Child Left Behind law. Photo by Ramona Hall.

Left: Oh say, can you see? While the marching band plays during halftime, the dance team at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia, unfurls an enormous American flag. Tom Kinder, a science teacher and frequent photographer, has a soft spot for teams often overlooked by fans. Photo by Thomas Kinder.

Right: Some enchanted evening… seniors at Wyomissing Area High School in Pennsylvania strike a pose as they prepare to announce on Wyo5Live, the school’s television program, that they will perform that night in the school’s staging of South Pacific. Photo by Wyomissing teacher Mike Ferrara.

Left: What a find! Sixth-graders from Tully C. Knoles Elementary School in Stockton, California, spent five enchanting and educating days exploring San Joaquin County’s Outdoor Education program. Tucked between the state’s redwoods and tidal pools, the camp offers profound learning experiences—especially for those students who live in poverty or spend increasing hours in front of television or video games. Photo by Knoles teacher Rebecca Borlik.

Right: And they're off! The cross-country team at Monument Mountain Regional High School tests their legs and lungs on the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts. Photo by Monument Mountain teacher Emily Olds.

Left: Shadows from students in Rocky Ridge Elementary School's Latino After School Program, an academic enrichment program funded by the Mayor in Hoover, Alabama. Sometimes there's just not enough time in the school day to give all kids the individual attention they need—but they can get it in high-quality after-school programs. Photo by Rocky Ridge teacher Lisa Cranford.



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