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This week in our WEA holiday series, hear from Linda Myrick and Janice Petrin on how gratifying it is to connect with students. Watch their stories

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With 946 new National Board teachers, Washington has once again topped the nation with the most new NBCTs. Details

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Kelly Riggle Hower is passionate about students, and connecting with colleagues through her union, WEA. Hear her heartwarming essay on teaching and the community she trusts to help students excel. Video or Mobile Version

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Field trips must continue

An “Atlantic Monthly” article published this month concludes that cutting field trips hurts student learning. In it, education reporter Emily Richmond says the study found students have a deeper, richer understanding of material when they experience it live rather than in a film or reading it in a book according to a new study published by University of Arkansas Professor Jay P. Greene.

Inventive tech ideas gain recognition

WEA members Wally Blessinger, Peggy Cameron, Marc Coyner and Joanne Szegedi are brand new recipients of NEA Foundation Grants that will be used to help students and members at their schools in learning ways to use technology for learning.

For your consideration . . .

See what NBCT fifth grade math and science teacher Spencer Olmsted says in his Stories from School Blog about his realization (one year later) that becoming a National Board Certified Teacher is much, much more than becoming a better teacher. He though the program would help him improve his practice (it did). He talks about a host of other “less tangible prizes” that comes with becoming certified.

Vice-President Joe Biden Calls for an End to the Assault on Educators

Mukilteo elementary teacher Mark Mains

By Will Potter, NEA Staff

Vice President Joe Biden addressed thousands of educators at the National Education Association’s 150th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, and said that the “full-blown assault” they are experiencing would get much worse under the leadership of Governor Mitt Romney.

“My Dad used to say ‘Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget,’” Biden told delegates. Governor Mitt Romney and Republican Congressional leadership “have shown us their budget,” Biden said, and it is about protecting the personal interests of the super rich rather than building an education system that helps all students succeed.

Biden said that when Romney and other Republicans accuse educators of being selfish, it reflects a fundamental lack of understanding of the teaching profession.

He pointed to York, Pennsylvania, where educators could have received a pay increase under their contract. Instead, they voted to use their money to pay for kindergarten programs.

His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, is a longtime educator and teaches English at a community college. She also addressed the delegates today, receiving roaring applause when she said, “I know that you all understand. Being a teacher is not what I do, it’s who I am.”

Vice-President Biden said he had heard again and again stories from educators about paying for school supplies out of pocket, or leaving the dinner table for a home visit at night.

“You chose to be teachers because you want to make this country better,” Biden said. “You chose to be teachers because you know every child, every child, to do as well as they can. That’s why you did it. But I’m afraid the governor and his allies don’t get it.”


Jill Biden at the NEA Rep. Assembly



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