A National Tour For Joy, Justice, and Excellence
Join NEA President Becky Pringle as she visits schools across the country to hear from NEA members about their concerns, challenges, and successes this school year.
Denver, October 26, 2021
Time for Some Straight Talk in Colorado
President Pringle headed west to visit Fairview Elementary School and heard from educators and staff about their essential school community. Next, it was off to sit down with Colorado Education Association local leaders to hear about the pandemic's impact on Colorado schools and discuss ways to provide more support.
Palatine, Illinois, September 20, 2021
Helping Students Thrive
President Pringle’s national tour crossed paths with U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona’s “Return to School Tour,” at Sundling Junior High School. “I was honored to join Education Secretary Miguel Cardona [where he] recognized the school’s work in closing the social, emotional, and academic learning gaps by awarding the school with a National Blue Ribbon,” Pringle said. Following the visit, she met with NEA members and local leaders of the Illinois Education Association to discuss the innovative ways educators are serving students during and coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the union is supporting members in their work. Read more on the visit.
Farmington Hills and Lincoln Park, Michigan, September 16-17, 2021
Better Funding Supports Our Students
In Michigan, Becky teamed up with Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart, adminstrators and educators to tour Warner Middle School and discuss how state and federal funds supported the move back to in-person learning. Then it was on to Lincoln Park Public Schools, where Becky joined educators and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to learn about the Resilient Schools Project they’ve championed, how these trauma-informed practices have transformed their schools to benefit students, and how American Rescue Plan funds expanded their reach.
Milwaukee, September 15, 2021
A Meeting with First Lady Jill Biden
When parents, educators, and community stakeholders come together to build strong partnerships, we are the strongest advocates for our students, schools, and communities. This was evident at a meeting with educator and First Lady Jill Biden at Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “We can't know what the future holds, but we know what we owe our children,” Biden said. “We owe them a promise that we'll do all that we can to keep their schools open, and as safe as possible.”
Madison, Wisconsin, September 14, 2021
Addressing the Most Critical Needs of Students and Educators
How can funds from the American Rescue plan benefit Wisconsin students? That was the hot topic at today's visit to Hawthorne Elementary School, where Becky met with Governor Tony Evers, Wisconsin State Superintendent Dr. Jill Lunderly, and Wisconsin Education Association Council President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen. “Hawthorne Elementary School is an example of how we can transform our schools all over the country—so that when we say ‘every student will succeed,’ we actually mean every student will succeed,” Becky tweeted. She also heard from NEA members at Creekside Elementary about our shared commitment to safe and just schools and ensuring equity for all students. Read more...
Iowa, September 13, 2021
Helping Students Grow Into Their Brilliance
NEA President Becky Pringle met with the faculty and staff of the University of Iowa College of Education to discuss how aspiring Iowa educators are being prepared to help their future students grow into their brilliance. Then it was on to hear from leadership fellows in the Iowa City School District and their "Grow Our Own" initiative, which develops and supports new leaders from their district and community. The district also benefits from successful joint labor-management collaboration in which educators and leaders are doing everything they can to make sure all students are learning safely and that American Rescue funds are invested in the long-term success of their students. There was also time for a quick visit (and fashion moment) with Iowa Senate Democratic Leader Zach Wahls and Iowa State Representative Jennifer Konfrst. Read more...
Delran, New Jersey, September 8, 2021
The Benefits of Labor Management Collaboration
Becky and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona see the amazing wins for students that happen when school districts and administrators work in true collaboration with educators and labor unions. When COVID-19 hit New Jersey, Delran Township School District acted quickly, with all of their players—district administration, education association leadership, principals, and educators—pulling together to address both the academic and societal challenges in their community. “We need this collaboration everywhere!” says Becky Pringle. Read more...
Philadelphia and West Chester, Pennsylvania, September 7, 2021
Educators Share Ideas and Innovations
Becky and Pennsylvania Education Association President Rich Askey hosted a “Back to School” tele-townhall where she shared her vision for the profession and answered questions from NEA members from across Pennsylvania. Her visit in Pennsylvania was a homecoming. It’s where Becky spent her childhood and many years teaching middle school science in Philadelphia. She visited Girl’s High, her high school alma mater and the oldest all-girls public high school in the country and spent time listening to educators' concerns at E.N. Peirce Middle School in West Chester. Read the highlights from the townhall participant questions and answers.
Louisville, Kentucky, August 3, 2021
Setting the Standard for Dynamic Collaboration
NEA President Becky Pringle spoke to educators as part of the Deeper Learning Symposium, then she visited Evolve502, a community-focused organization created to remove the persistent barriers to a college education. “Through scholarships, grants, and wrap-around services; by facilitating change in the systems that create barriers to students' success; and through cradle-to-career support, Louisville's Evolve502 is creating the sort of powerful change that will reverberate throughout Kentucky,” said Pringle.
Los Angeles and Alhambra, California, July 28, 2021
Educators Supporting and Empowering Immigrant Youth
President Becky Pringle mets with educators, parents, and students at local community schools. She toured the Dream Centers at Lincoln and Alhambra High Schools—dedicated spaces to support and empower immigrant youth. Both centers are a part of the Dream Allies Network, which has been able to grow thanks to an NEA CAPE grant! Becky participated in a community school coordinators roundtable at United Teachers Los Angeles HQ, spent lunch with the student-led activist group Students Deserve, and rounded out the day with a UTLA and California Teachers Association leadership dinner. See more images in our media gallery below.
Baltimore, Maryland, June 15, 2021
Why are Community Schools Expanding in Maryland?
Since 2017, Baltimore Highlands Elementary School has been in the process of becoming a full-service community school, dedicated to partnering with parents, families, and community organizations to meet the needs of its students. The work being done there has the power to transform student learning and make every student successful. It also offers hope and opportunity to the entire community. NEA President Pringle travelled to Baltimore to visit this success story. Read more...
Scenes from Schools
“No matter the school I visited or the Zoom meeting I joined, whenever two or more educators were gathered there was light.”
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President
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