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NEA Today August 2022

In this issue educators share what they love about their work, even as the challenges of a profession in education mount. We'll also focus on students' mental health struggles and the need for more support, how educators are fighting back against books bans and gag orders, and how union members are uniting to solve common problems they face.
NEA Today cover with African American male teacher. Headline Take this job and love it.
Published: August 22, 2022

Take This Job and Love It
Educators are leaving the profession in record numbers, but so many more have decided to stay. NEA Today shares the stories of educators who still have a passion for their work—and the students who make it all worthwhile.

The Kids Are Not All Right
Mental health needs are skyrocketing—particularly among students of color and LBGTQ+ students. Learn how educators and their unions are standing up for students.

They Survived School Shootings
These educators experienced the shootings at Columbine, Parkland, and other schools. They have something to say to all of us.

The 2022 Elections Are Coming!
This cheat sheet explains how your vote up and down the ballot can impact your students.

2022 Teacher of the Year
Ohio history teacher Kurt Russell fosters open conversations about race in his school.

Find out how educators are fighting back against gag orders, book bans, and intimidation.

Solving for X
Paid leave, LGBTQ+ rights, and child care are just a few of the problems that union members are solving together.

Spotting Students’ Mental Health Struggles
“ESPs … can see patterns in students’ lives that teachers can’t see,” says educator and author Lori Desautels, who writes about the essential role education support professionals can play in recognizing mental health concerns. 

Tools for Teaching Financial Literacy
Students need to learn how to manage money, but only about half of the nation’s schools require a financial literacy course. Here are some helpful and fun online resources for teaching about personal finances.

NEA In Action
NEA is working every day for great public schools for all students and educators.

Becky's Journal of Joy, Justice, and Excellence
NEA's president visits schools in Polk County, Georgia, speaks at an event on preventing gun violence, and suggests three things to do at the start of this school year. 

2022 NEA Representative Assembly
Vice President Kamala Harris, NEA leaders, and many others celebrated and inspired educators.

Editor's Note: Finding Inspiration in Our Students
In this issue, NEA Today provides some inspiration to start the year. 

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