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Mary Ann Rivera
Paraeducator Raises Funds for Students Affected by Puerto Rico Earthquakes
“As educators, we think of the children first,” says Mary Ann Rivera. “The fact that my island has suffered so much and has been ignored, hurts me. I had to do something.”
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Supreme Court Case May Open Door to Vouchers Nationwide
School privatization advocates use the Court to push a political agenda that seeks to dismantle neighborhood public schools.
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Hawaii’s Solution to the Teacher Shortage: More Pay
Officials take the unprecedented step of approving increases in the middle of the school year. It’s just the first part of an ambitious five-year plan to stem the exodus of educators.
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Is Restorative Justice in Schools Working?
Yes, but it can work better. Here are the elements needed for success.
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Our Students Deserve Better than Betsy DeVos
What makes a life-long Republican educator change her political affiliation? Frustration at our under-qualified Education Secretary.
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Celebrate Read Across America
Ready, Set, Read Across America!
It’s as easy as A-B-C, 1-2-3 to plan for Read Across America Day in March and get involved in year-round reading fun in your community.
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Educators Are Getting It Done
Lower class sizes, more counselors, more funding for IDEA and Title 1: educator-activists are continuing the momentum of last year’s victories to win more for students and schools.
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MORE FROM NEA
How Strong Are Your Leadership Skills? Find Out by Taking the NEA Leadership Competency Self-Assessments.
Resources for Teaching about Black History Month in Your Classroom.
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Educators in 2020
Eight Reasons Educators Are Excited About 2020
From #RedForEd victories to new trauma-informed practices, NEA educators did great things 2019 and set the stage for bigger accomplishments this year.
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Students Still Can’t Tell Fact from Fiction on the Internet
With the 2020 election less than a year away, a sobering new study finds that soon-to-be first-time voters are unprepared to assess online content.
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Accommodations and Modifications: What Paraeducators Need to Know
Join us Thursday, January 16, at 7 p.m. EST for this free webinar to learn what special education services your students need, the process for determining modifications, and your role in providing them.
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How Educators of Color Can Define Their Own Path
What can you do when the expectations of your peers and administrators don’t match up with your own? Ambereen Khan-Baker, a 13-year educator, shares her experiences on the School Me podcast.
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Have You Checked Out This Year’s Read Across America Calendar Yet?
Encourage students to investigate their world with this month’s recommended books, find ideas for celebrating Read Across America Day in March, and get suggestions for finding free and low-cost books for your classroom.
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Educators Score Big End-of-Year Wins
Your activism and outreach to members of Congress last year paid off for students and schools.
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Help Recruit Educators of Color to the Profession
NEA is looking for 20 members to receive training and support that equips them to recruit and retain more people of color into teaching. To learn more and receive a notice when applications become available, please fill out this form.
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What’s New/Committee Update

Safety Committee Update

 

We are pleased to share with all of you the progress being made with the District from our collaborative efforts to make our workplace a safer place for all. Since it’s inception after our 2016 contract the cooperation between the District and PASS has lead to many improvements.

Starting with the original team of past president Marty Paczkowski along with Bill Favero and continuing with the current team of Bill and Damian Bolognani, we have worked with Rick Engstrom and Paul Gonzalez from the District administration along with IPMG to develop and implement training programs and safety improvements to keep us safer while working.

Some of our accomplishments are:

  • Slips, Trips and Falls safety poster reminders
  • Training for correct lifting techniques and ladder safety
  • Updated equipment for custodial, maintenance and grounds personnel
  • Lidded garbage cans for members that have to deal with diaper disposal
  • Developed and communicated procedure for dealing with lice incidents
  • Eye wash testing procedure developed and shared
  • Working on policy for how to handle employees being alone in buildings during the summer
  • No slip treads on stairs at Ina Brixley and phone service booster also for emergencies
  • Replacement of aluminum ladders throughout the district with fiberglass models
  • Training and certifications for 2 man lifts, hoist trucks and bucket truck
  • Low profile dumpsters to help prevent back injuries
  • Gators purchased to help in snow removal and salt spreading
  • Disposal of hazardous materials from science labs at high schools

 

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In addition to these items we have had various trainings also. These, the District and PASS believe, have resulted in a drastic reduction in worker’s comp injuries in the district as seen in the chart above from the past 5 years. We are continuing to work with the District to make this a safer place for us all and will continue to ask for your concerns and contributions going forward.

 

Your Executive Board and Safety Committee