Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:12pm

Grants of up to $2,500 for arts-related equipment or supplies to be used in schools are available through Michigan Youth Arts with assistance from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). "Art Equipment & Supplies Grant" applies to performing arts subjects like instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, dance, creative writing, media arts, special education and more.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:11pm

State Board of Education (SBE) members are looking for someone with experience in education-perhaps a former local superintendent or teacher-to be the next state superintendent of instruction. Their search is expected to be completed by January 2015, well ahead of current Superintendent Mike Flanagan's retirement in July 2015.

Posted on 09/15/14 at 3:09pm

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia is making Michigan a stop on her Back to School Tour! Location details are still being finalized, but put the date on your calendar.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:17pm

recent EPIC-MRA poll of 600 likely voters showed that 82 percent of them believe that for-profit management companies should be required to publicly explain how they're spending the $1 billion in taxpayer dollars they're getting from the state.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:20pm

NEA's Works4Me is a free weekly newsletter with practical classroom tips written by teachers for teachers. There are tips and best ideas on classroom management, teaching techniques, curriculum, content, and more. When you sign up to receive the newsletter, you'll join other Michigan teachers who have already provided tips and suggestions.  

Posted on 09/09/14 at 12:21pm

The California's Teachers Association (CTA) and the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) have appealed the Los Angeles Superior Court's decision to strip state educators of their tenure rights. The action by the teacher unions follows a similar appeal by the State of California and California Gov. Jerry Brown

Members-Only eDues site now available

Thank you for your patience as we made sure the new eDues site was ready for you to access easily and safely. The site is now available. Again, thank your for your patience and your continued support of MEA.

Final tweaks being made to new Members-Only interface for eDues

System outage extended until Wednesday, Jan. 29

While MEA’s membership system is back online and the automatic payments for January dues were taken on schedule this past Saturday, final changes to the members-only online interface are still being made to ensure our members have a good experience.  MEA technical staff are hard at work to get the new system online so you can access it to make changes and experience the upgraded eDues experience, including more payment options and customized monthly statements.

At this time, we expect the system to be online on Wednesday, Jan. 29.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please come back later to log in and see the changes for yourself.  In the meantime, you can download this flyer to learn more about the new eDues system or check out our Frequently Asked Questions page about the changes coming soon.

ESP New Member Tips

Dues done better—You asked, we listened . . . and delivered!

MEA is pleased to announce its new, improved eDues payment process. Based on feedback from its members, MEA has made improvements to the system to provide new features that make it even easier to pay dues in a safe, secure and simple way. It’s eDues done better!

With this new and improved system, MEA members can take advantage of new benefits and features:

K-12 New Member Tips

New Member Tips

New school employees often have a myriad of questions even before their first day on the job.  Once they begin work, situations arise that they never anticipated.  These questions demand answers and these situations call for action.  The MEA is here to help you.  In our “New Member Tips” section, there are answers to questions you hav

Hearings begin on teacher evaluation legislation

NEA launches Common Core lesson-sharing website

Could you use more than 3,000 classroom-ready lessons created by Master Teachers and built entirely for the Common Core State Standards? NEA's new website, cc.betterlesson.com, can deliver them to you. 

Online registration for Bargaining Conference currently unavailable

Online registration for the Bargaining, Public Affairs & Professional Issues Conference, Feb. 6-7, at the Cobo Center in Detroit, is currently unavailable. This only affects online registration. The deadline for the $290 rate is still in effect and registrations for that rate must be received by midnight on Friday, January 24. 

Credit card payments may be faxed or emailed to Rebbecca Ernst at 517-336-4024 or rernst@mea.org. Checks with registrations may be sent to MEA Accounting Department, 1350 Kendale Boulevard, PO Box 2573, East Lansing MI 48826-2573.

After January 24, all registrations will be processed onsite at the rate of $310.  Onsite registration will be held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center on Wednesday, February 5 (7-9 p.m.) and at COBO Center on Thursday, February 6, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Rebbecca Ernst, Registration Coordinator, at 517-332-6551, ext. 6250.

Do you have a favorite Common Core State Standards lesson?

Starting with the February issue of the Voice, MEA will be featuring a math or English language arts lesson developed by and used successfully in an MEA member’s classroom.

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