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Spring 2015

Cover Story

Class of 2015
NEA Today profiles four high school seniors who are poised for success and the educators who make a difference in students’ lives every day.

Editor’s Note

Lily’s Blackboard


ESP of the Year
Janet Eberhardt, a community relations specialist and elementary advisor at Monroe Elementary School in San Francisco, and a leader and activist with the California Teachers Association and United Educators of San Francisco, receives prestigious ESP of the Year award.

Testing Is Not Learning

As reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act, more commonly known as “No Child Left Behind,” simmers on the nation’s front burner, NEA members and parents are telling legislators it’s time to stop testing and start learning.

The Unfulfilled Promise of IDEA
Since passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975, Congress has never come close to meeting its funding obligation, and students’ futures continue to hang in the balance.

Justice for Juveniles
Education support professionals who work at courthouses across the nation help students who have entered the juvenile justice system find their way to a brighter future.

What’s on your mind?
Visitors to our NEA Today Facebook discuss whether students are required to sit still for too long.

What I’ve Learned
Michael Procelle made the transformation from retail manager to teacher. He works to instill core alues he learned in business.

Why I’m a Member
Music teacher and New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) activist Jaime Valente talks about why union representation is important.

Members of the Class of 2027 are already telling educators what they’d like to be when they grow up.

Michigan teachers Drew Minock and Brad Wald draw an audience eager to learn about 4D technology.

Takin’ it to the screens: How digital activism helps students
Read how simple actions—sending emails, posting on social media, signing petitions and talking to your elected leaders can make a big difference.

Rights Watch
Protecting teachers who are victims of domestic violence

Extra Credit

Start (Education News and Trends)

NEA President: Take Public Education Off the Assembly Line and Focus on the Whole Child

Shameful Milestone: Majority of Public School Students Live in Poverty

Free Community College

Is Classroom Technology Overhyped? Maybe.

How Can ‘Hope’ Help Vulnerable Students Succeed?

New Teachers Staying Longer?


Thriving in the Spotlight
English language learners take center stage

Ask Kate
How to Silence a Talker

Practical classroom tips and tricks from educators:

Recycling Waste Paper

Baby Books for New Families

Balloons R Us

Counting Birds

Following a Food List

Charting Growth

Heart Healthy Lessons

Art and Sole

Hansel and Gretel Across the Curriculum


Grants and Events
Find an up-to-date list of grants, awards, and educational observances.

Each year, NEA Foundation awards grants worth $2,000 and $5,000 to support educators’ efforts to close achievement gaps, access professional development opportunities, and develop creative learning opportunities for students. Since 2005, 4,500 educators have received $7.1 million in grants.

Online Courses
Want to become an agent of change? Our free, online courses build the capacity of district and union leaders by providing tools that promote labor-management collaboration as a means for systems change.

It's Cool to be Clean!
NEA Health Information Network (NEA HIN) has launched a new video series designed to educate education support professionals and educators about cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting school environments. Knowledge about appropriate techniques and necessary supplies can help us all keep students, staff, and our buildings healthy.

Health it Up @ Your School
Bag the Junk (BTJ) is sharing stories, touting school successes, and providing technical assistance about school nutrition, fundraising, Smart Snacks standards, and more! Visit BTJ for tips, resource links, blogs and National Nutrition Month school success stories or email to improve health at your school.

NEA Student Program
$20 Dues Rebate After Graduation--Deadline May 1, 2015
Former NEA Student Program members are eligible for a $20 rebate for each year of membership. That’s up to $80 of free money! To qualify, NEA Student members must start their first year employed by a public school system, and join the local Association as an NEA member during that same year. Click here to download the rebate form.

What's New at The NEA Academy?
Learning opportunities that fit your time and budget. Keep your skills up to date, and find success in today’s ever-changing educational landscape without breaking the bank. The NEA Academy offers on-demand, affordable, practical courses for leaders, educators, and education support professionals through online career development options.Your NEA membership offers you instant access to an extensive collection of peer-reviewed courses and degree programs, and entitles you to significant discounts on classes, courses, credits, and tuition!
Successful Strategies for Common Core Implementation. Your role as an educator is constantly evolving as the Common Core State Standards continue to take root. To support your efforts, and ensure all students find success, the NEA Academy offers a wide array of virtual coursework including transforming math instruction, standards-based reading instruction, critical thinking, 21st century classroom technology, and differentiated instruction.

10 Free Things
Here are the best websites to find printables, your favorite books, instructional videos for you and your students, lesson plans, and other FREE stuff for your classroom.

The NEA Foundation

Teacher TV –Talkative Students 
“The talker” is a bright student who can’t seem to contain herself and ends up interrupting the entire class. How do you quiet a talker without turning off the student?

Four Reading Motivators for Teenage Boys
Motivating teenage boys to read can seem nearly impossible. While it’s not true that all teenage boys dislike reading, there is a growing trend of many becoming unmotivated readers.  

Cool APP
AURASMA is a wildly popular augmented reality platform used by educators to bring the physical and virtual worlds together in classrooms worldwide. Bring tagged images, objects, and even physical locations to life with interactive digital content, such as video, animations and 3D scenes. Choose from thousands of animations already on the platform or use your own photos and videos. Add 3D dinosaurs to your street, send a video message on a greeting card, leave hidden clues in a treasure hunt. Add instructional information to a machine and augmenting textbooks and project work in education.
Available in the APP store and on Google Play.

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