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What do teachers really do? Let the public know May 5-9

It’s not too late to make plans to honor you and your colleagues’ contributions to public education during May 5-9, National Teacher Appreciation Week and on Teacher/Day School Family Day, May 6.

Schauer, Brown put education funding first

Last week, Mark Schauer, the Democratic candidate challenging Gov. Snyder in the November election, unveiled his education plan and this week he got the chance to see public education in action when he visited West Bloomfield High School. Lisa Brown, his running mate for lieutenant governor, joined him on the tour.

MDE reviews early warning plan for deficit schools

If the Legislature provides the funding, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will implement a new plan to help school districts with budget deficits. The plan is part of Gov. Snyder’s budget recommendations. Currently, there are 46 school districts with budget deficits.

Now all members can take advantage of Flint’s evaluation alternative

MEA’s Professional Development/Human Rights Department is hosting a series of WebEx trainings on professional practice portfolios, an alternative approach to teacher evaluations.  The first training, “Introduction to the UTF Professional Practice Portfolio (P3)” is now available for viewing. *

Putting the focus on education

In a Lansing State Journal opinion editorial, MEA members Lisa Crites from Okemos and Gini Larson from Waverly write, “As public educators, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to get a good, quality education in our public schools. And all students should have the opportunity to get a well-rounded education that includes extracurricular activities like arts, drama, athletics and clubs.”

Summer training available for UniServ pre-employment

Are you committed to the cause of public education employees and to the mission of MEA? Are you skilled in membership recruitment and engagement? relational development? problem solving? leadership?

Speak up on CCSS until March 6 with an NEA survey

If you've received an email with the subject line, "Teachers Know Best on Standards and Testing" or "Speak Up on Common Core," you've been chosen by NEA to share your opinions on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their implementation. A similar survey done last fall led to NEA's recent statement insisting that CCSS be put back on track with educators playing a key role in any statewide implementation processes related to CCSS.

Michigan teachers chosen for NEA initiative

Nineteen Michigan teachers were selected to participate in NEA’s National Teacher Initiative (TLI), a program to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession. A total of 150 teachers from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan and Mississippi were chosen for a 2014 pilot.

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.

Two MEA members receive presidential awards in math, science

Rochester elementary science teacher Brian Peterson and Emily Theriault-Kimmey, an elementary math teacher in Ann Arbor, are recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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