Stark Choices: A Reflection on the Teach-in for Freedom

Editor’s Note: MEA member Rick Joseph, Michigan’s 2015-16 Teacher of the Year, recently joined with dozens of educators from across the country to call attention to the U.S. government’s prolonged confinement of immigrant children in crowded detention facilities. MEA helped to sponsor Joseph’s participation in the event. Here he reflects on the event’s meaning and importance.…

Time Added for Input on Social Studies Standards

Educators have more time and additional opportunities to provide feedback to both the state and MEA on controversial proposed changes to Michigan’s K-12 social studies standards.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has extended the deadline for submitting online comments and added new dates for in-person feedback. In addition, MEA wants your thoughts on the proposed standards to help guide a formal position statement the union will be submitting. Visit MEA’s Action Network page to view the standards and share your feedback with us.

Proposed changes pushed by conservative Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) have sparked criticism and heightened public interest in the debate over what children should learn about history and human society from kindergarten through high school.

New Michigan Teacher of the Year Focuses on “Big Things”

Michigan’s newest Teacher of the Year keeps “big rocks” glued to the back of her cell phone.

Not those kind of rocks. The three typed reminders stuck on her phone represent her top priorities as an educator – their metaphorical name taken from the work of author Stephen Covey, known for his best-selling self-help book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.