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Nominations due for NEA Social Justice Activist Award

Each year, NEA will recognize one exceptional member who demonstrates the ability to lead, organize, and engage educators, parents, and the community to advocate on social justice issues that impact the lives of students, fellow educators, and the communities they serve.

The awardee will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend and address both the NEA Representative Assembly and the Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women. The winner will also be invited to attend Educator Empowerment Day as part of the pre-Representative Assembly activities.

Read more at http://www.nea.org/home/60579.htm.


How to prevail in this era of greed & privatization

“You never win in a confrontation by digging your head into the sand,” Diane Ravitch says. “Complacency is self-defeating. While you close your eyes to what is happening, the high-stakes testing will get worse, your community public schools will be closed, experienced teachers will be fired, and schooling will become a consumer choice, like buying milk at the grocery store (the analogy that Jeb Bush suggested at the Republican convention in 2012, that picking a school should be as easy as choosing between 1% milk, 2% milk, whole milk, chocolate milk, whatever).”

Read more: http://dianeravitch.net/2014/12/03/how-to-survive-and-prevail-in-this-era-of-greed-and-privatization


Nearly half of teachers consider leaving over tests

What is it about standardized testing that makes it toxic to so many educators? NEA researchers polled 1,500 PreK-12 teachers and found four specific factors.
They also found a teaching force so frustrated with the impact of testing on students and morale that they’re considering leaving the profession. http://neatoday.org/2014/11/02/nea-survey-nearly-half-of-teachers-consider-leaving-profession-due-to-standardized-testing

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