Supporting Innovative Professional Development

I’ve always dreamed of creating a space and structure for teacher professional development that is different than the current one-size-fits-all approach, where “experts” far removed from the classroom give advice that is difficult to implement. Many of us have struggled through countless hours of “sit-and-get” sessions, left wondering how we can use the information to…

A Gift ‘Beyond Measure’

by Brenda Ortega – MEA Voice Editor It was a Friday in April, 2016, when Annie Howard got the news. The Adrian art teacher expected the ultrasound at a Toledo hospital would confirm an issue with the umbilical cord in her 24-week pregnancy. Instead she struggled to process a deluge of information about the fetus: Absent…

MEA Toolkit Addresses ‘Silent National Crisis’

by Brenda Ortega – MEA Voice Editor “Sara” never imagined she could fear a kindergarten student, but the paraeducator from an affluent, high-achieving school district in the eastern part of the state says she was traumatized by routinely being bitten, kicked, and punched by a five-year-old child in class. The classroom aide, who asked not to…

Member Spotlight: Melissa Kempski

Melissa Kempski is the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator for Michigan. The K-5 technology and library specialist in Lake Orion was recognized for integrating digital media and resources into classrooms in a “bold and fresh” way to spark students’ love of learning. What’s an example of connecting technology to the curriculum? We’ve been using Bloxels on…