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A Note From the Editor-In-Chief

Time for Schools

Steve Grant, Editor-In-Chief

Students aren’t the only ones who find it tough to turn their attention from the freedom of summer and toward the rigors of classroom instruction. The start of the school year can pose challenges to educators, too.

To ease the transition, we asked educators to tell us their best classroom design, lesson planning and survival tips. Read what they say in our cover story, “Create Wow Moments and A+ Days That Last All Year.”

Along with fresh-faced students, come eager new teachers and education support professionals. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education says approximately 290,000 new educators are expected to enter the field during the 2016 – 2017 school year. NEA Research analysis indicates that number includes approximately 173,000 potential NEA members.

These education professionals are the focus of NEA’s New Educator Outreach Program. We want new NEA members to thrive, not just survive. But we need your help.

In “What Does E-S-S-A Spell? Opportunity!” we take a look at how the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act will affect schools and classrooms.

In “The Blame Game” on Page 50, you’ll find tools that can help you tackle the job of repairing a parent-teacher relationships. And one teacher’s efforts to combat the sad escalation of our nation’s anti-Muslim bigotry is the topic of “Maligned and Misunderstood.”

There is much to consider this school year—in public school classrooms, across our nation, and around the world. Our goal—it’s the same goal woven into every issue of NEA Today—is to provide you with information that will help you help your students build their very best future.

As we say in our cover story, “Make it an epic year!”

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