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NEA Today April 2022

In this issue, we are changing the conversation about educator "burnout." This isn't about the individual; it's systemic. And lawmakers must take action now to keep more educators from flocking to the exits. We also explore why it's important to pronounce student names correctly, offer tips for helping students who are grieving, and take you to a New Mexico art build that helped educators win historic raises!
April 2022 NEA Today
Published: 04/01/2022

COVER: Beyond Burnout
Educators have been underpaid, undervalued, and underresourced for years. Now, many have reached their limits and are looking toward the exits. They know what changes need to be made to prevent a major exodus from the profession.

What’s in a Name?
Pronouncing students’ names correctly shows respect for their identity and heritage. Check out these tips for getting names right.

Artivism
New Mexico educators, students, and community partners paint beautiful, pro-public education signs, and then display their creations in a rally at the state Capitol.

When Students Grieve
An estimated 175,000 children in the U.S. have lost parents and grandparents to the pandemic. Learn what to say and how you can help when students are mourning.

ESP: Counseling in Crisis
“I’ve been doing this for 23 years, and it’s never been like this,” says Delaware school social worker Gloria Ho. For her and many of her peers across the country, the pandemic has brought a tidal wave of student needs.

Special Sections

Becky's Journal of Joy, Justice, and Excellence
NEA's president spent her fall visiting schools and NEA members and speaking out on the issues that matter to public education.

Editor's Note
Changing Times Bring New Challenges

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