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Summer 2014

Cover Story

Your Best Year Yet!

From improving time management skills to handling stress, our cover story offers tips by educators for educators. Want to learn about technological advances, or find out how to keep your classroom serene?

President's Viewpoint

Editor's Note

Feature Stories

Changing of the Guard

NEA says farewell to president Dennis Van Roekel, and welcomes new leader Lily Eskelsen Garcia.

Mandated Madness

Parents are uniting with educators across the U.S. to protest high-stakes standardized testing. NEA Today interviews the executive director of FairTest, Monty Neill, who discusses how to end the drill and kill testing regime and ways to improve student assessments.

Is Your Classroom a Game?

While some educators weave games into their lesson plans, others say the practice of so-called “gamification” poses risks. Are the potential hazards worth the rewards?

Empathy Over Authority

Schools have long used suspension and expulsion as remedies for violent or angry behavior. Restorative practices are proving more beneficial. But, zero-tolerance education systems that can lead students out of the classroom and toward the criminal justice system.

Athletic Trainers

Approximately 2 million high school athletes are injured every year. As a result, athletic trainers are becoming increasingly important for student athletes. NEA Today talks to ATs about their role and asks the president of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to explain the benefits of having ATs in high schools.

Education Support Personnel

Paraeducators battle privatization

What’s On Your Mind?

We asked our Facebook fans to tell us who inspired them to become educators.

What I’ve Learned

NEA Today talked to Mickey Brady, a bus driver in La Porte, Ind., who describes what she has learned on the job.

Why I’m a Member

Patricia Daniels explains how activism led to a pay increase for Mississippi educators.

Degrees, Not Debt

6.8 million educators qualify for student loan forgiveness. Here’s how to find out if you’re one of them.


Need funding for classroom technology? Here’s how to get it.

Rights Watch

Vergara: An attempt to undermine the teaching profession.

Report from the RA

The RA delegates elect new leadership team and plan for the future.

Extra Credit

Foreign language gap affects U.S. students.

Books and Beyond

As texting, gaming, and TV cause teen reading to decline, here are ways to reverse the trend.

White House Recognizes National Teacher of the Year

Ready For Some Good News on the U.S. Graduation Front? 

Talking About ‘Grit’

What State Leads the Nation in Teacher Respect?

With ‘Harris’ Ruling, Supreme Court Silences Voices of Working Families

North Carolina Educators Protect Due Process

Koch Brothers Target Higher Education


Grants and Events

The NEA Foundation

Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards

Health and Information Network

Voices and Visions - American Poets

November - Picture Book Month




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