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NEA Today August 2019

In this issue we examine how educators' growing frustration over low pay has fueled #RedForEd—a nationwide movement that demands professional pay for professional work. We visit a trauma-informed classroom, and talk to educators who have suffered physical assaults at school to find out what they're doing about it.
NEA Today August 2019
Published: August 8, 2019

COVER: No More!

Educators—most of them women are underpaid and struggling. Their growing frustration has fueled #RedForEd—a nationwide movement that demands professional pay for professional work.

‘My Union is Standing Up for Me’
Califoria High School Counselor Kris Bertsch-Rydel was threatened with disciplinary action for advocating for her students, but her students and her union have backed her all the way.

Inside a Trauma-Informed Classroom
From dimming the lights and creating a cool-down corner, to prioritizing social and emotional learning, educators can help smooth the road for students who are coping with trauma.

When Work Hurts
An increasing number of educators are being bitten, kicked, scratched, and punched at work. Now, they’re doing something about it.

Building Love and Trust
How restorative practices are making a difference for educators and students in Denver, Colo.

RA Wrap-Up
More than 6,000 delegates to the annual NEA Representative Assembly gathered in Houston in July to chart the Association’s path for the next year and to make plans for selecting the next U.S. president.

ESPs Benefit From Professional Development Opportunities Too
“ESPs also need the opportunity to learn and grow in their careers,” says Matthew Powell, 2019 NEA ESP of the Year. This is why NEA’s Professional Growth Continuum—a first-of-its-kind system—is rooted in standards that apply to all ESP job categories.

Issues and Impact

The Educator-Activist’s To-Do List
Here's a simple checklist to help you advocate for your students and your profession through the upcoming school year and beyond.

Be Like Bobby: Revitalize Your Local
How Bobby Jenkins—vice president of the Fauquier County Education Association (Virginia)—is making sure the voices of ESPs are heard.

People and Places

Meet Virginia teacher Rodney Robinson
"I hope to be the voice for all students who feel unseen, unheard, unappreciated and undervalued in America,” says Virginia social studies teacher.

Health and Lifestyle

Making Movement a Part of Your Classroom Culture
Whatever the grade or subject area, every teacher can effectively incorporate movement in the classroom throughout the school day.

Teaching and Learning

Learning Your Way Toward Wellness
Why carve time out for your own wellness only during the summer? Why not make it a focus for you this school year as well?

How to Evaluate Tech Tools You’ve Never Used in Less Than Seven Minutes
Here are some tips on finding the best web apps and programs for your classroom without running through all of your free time.

A Note from the Editor-in-Chief

Welcome Back! 
Stories like his renew our commitment to use the pages of NEA Today to showcase the greatness of public education and the dedication of public school educators whose work changes the lives of students every day.

Lily's Blackboard

‘Something Big Is About to Happen’
NEA member Evelyn Fabito works three jobs to make ends meet. When it comes to the next presidential election, we can’t let her down.

Extra Credit

An example of how one NEA member puts his issue of NEA Today to work.

Brian F. Sullivan from the Citrus County Education Association, Florida
From Brian F. Sullivan from the Citrus County Education Association, Florida Credit: Brian F. Sullivan

"Just wanted to thank you for your hard work in publishing the NEA 
[Today] magazine and send along this photo of our staff  association bulletin board for which I use cut-outs from NEA Today...[Y]our literature helps me keep the staff  at Lecanto High School informed of important national and statewide issues." - Brian F. Sullivan

Inspired by Florida's Brian F. Sullivan from the Citrus County Education Association

Cartoon Inspired by Brian F. Sullivan, FEA

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