NEA’s annual Day of Learning provides educators with tools to help students and improve public schools
CHICAGO - July 01, 2011 -
Educators will head into the upcoming school year with new knowledge and skills to help students and improve schools. Delegates to NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly participated in the Association’s “Day of Learning” on Friday, July 1 in Chicago.
The Day of Learning featured 19 workshops, all designed to help public school educators address the challenges of today’s education workplace. The sessions brought educators together with scholars, authors, policy experts, elected officials and community leaders to discuss issues related to improving public education and preparing students to thrive in a global society.
Participants in NEA’s Day of Learning created their own professional development program, choosing from tracks that included Community Engagement and Outreach; The Next Generation of Teaching and Learning; Educators At Work and Leadership. A town hall style meeting, moderated by talk show host Tavis Smiley of Tavis Smiley on PBS opened the first Day of Learning. The Future of Public Education: A National Leadership Dialogue— allowed education stakeholders—including NEA President Dennis Van Roekel—an opportunity to discuss “common sense” reforms that work for students and elevate the profession.
“What made today’s discussion so great is that it involved just about every constituency in the education community—from educators and administrators to school board representatives and parents,” said Van Roekel. “Now, it’s important that the conversations don’t end here. We have to take what we’ve learned back to our neighborhoods and communities across the nation and figure out how we can work collaboratively to help students succeed in the classroom and in life.”
The Day of Learning sessions covered a range of topics, including several that highlighted the ongoing work of NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign, the Association’s signature project to promote collaboration and partnerships between educators, parents and communities to develop solutions to help raise student achievement. Other sessions focused on how educators can help students develop 21st Century skills and strategies for supporting English language learners in classrooms and communities.
“Our world is constantly changing, and NEA is committed to providing educators with access to resources and expertise that helps them professionally and personally,” said Van Roekel. “Our first Day of Learning was a tremendous success. We’ll build on what we started this year, with the goal of empowering educators with skills and knowledge that will help turn all public schools into world class learning centers for America’s students.”
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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.
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