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Special Addition: UTLA Strike

Some have been asking for information on how they can be supportive of the Los Angeles educators who went on strike this week. The California Teachers Association has shared some resources to pass along, if you’d like to send messages of support or want to donate to a Go Fund Me account that’s being used to feed those on strike. Here are ways you can find out more information and offer support:



You may notice there are other large locals in California on the verge of a strike as well, including Oakland. Feel free to offer messages of support on the petition to educators there, as well.



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How staying neutral in
                                          the classroom doesn't help

Being Neutral in the Classroom Won’t Help Your Students

Discussing human rights and equity should be welcomed in classrooms, not dismissed as “partisanship” or “politics.”

The Best and Worst of
                                          2018 in Public Education

Recapping 2018 in Public Education: The Best and Worst

2018 saw a historic mobilization by educators and big wins on election night. But the usual suspects made sure the news wasn’t all good.


ESP task force opens
                                          doors in Delaware

Opening Doors for Education Support Professionals

Delaware’s new task force will help lawmakers understand ESP contributions toward student achievement and safety.


Community Support Helps
                                          Schools Recover from Disaster

Community Support Helps Schools Recover from Disaster

Thanks to an outpouring of support, disaster-hit schools and communities had a more hopeful end to their holiday season.


LA educators are ready to
                                          strike for their students

‘Standoff Over the Future of Public Education’: L.A. Teachers Ready to Strike

“We won’t be bought off.…What we are fighting for is a program of investment in our neighborhood public schools,” says UTLA president.


HBCUs as Engines of
                                          Upward Mobility

HBCUs as Engines of Upward Mobility

Low-income students at minority-serving institutions are more likely to climb the economic ladder than peers who chose a predominantly white institution, according to study.


Works4Me: Ideas and Tips By
                                Teachers, For Teachers

Three Ways to Recycle and Reuse Holiday Cards and Calendars

Don’t throw out those holiday cards and 2018 calendars yet. Check out these ideas from master teachers for giving them a second life at home and in the classroom.

Important News

Great News

We are pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with the District and Board of Education that allows our Union President position to be a half day paid release position.  Our current president Joanne Clemans will work her normal position for half a day then spend the second half of the day taking care of union duties. As a reminder her contact information is and her cell phone number is 815-210-6349. Please see the Memo of Understanding below for the agreement.

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student gifts

The Gifts that Keep on Giving

Silly and sentimental, some gifts from students are simply unforgettable.

Nancy Burke with student
                                          in her school garden

This ‘Kale Blazer’ Takes School Gardening to the Next Level

Paraeducator Nancy Burke’s students inherit her green thumb and engaging spirit—winning awards, cooking for parents, and volunteering at a food pantry during the holidays.


super teacher

Where Do Teachers Get the Most Respect?

It’s not in the United States, according to a new global survey. But signs are everywhere in 2018 that the public believes U.S. educators deserve better.


quick fixes to tech

Your Computer Isn’t Broken: Quick Tech Fixes for Students

Save time by teaching students how to troubleshoot their technology problems.


dual language immersion
                                          programs boost student

How Dual-Language Immersion Programs Boost Achievement

When we encourage students to use their language while learning English, academic success follows.


the case for
                                          collaboration is clear

The Case for Collaboration is Clear

When unions, district officials, school boards, parents, and community members work together, students succeed.


Read Across America
                                          Online Calendar

NEA’s Read Across America Online Calendar Is Here!

Our end of year gift to you: 37 recommended books with resources to help you celebrate and motivate the diverse readers in your classroom.


Works4Me: Ideas and Tips By
                                Teachers, For Teachers

Best of Works4Me: December Holidays

The month of December brings high energy and excitement to your school. How can you focus your students on learning when they can barely sit still? Check out this collection of tips and ideas to bring holiday fun into your classroom.