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NEA Today Magazine - Spring 2018

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Signs of Change

Students call on the nation to make schools safe spaces for teaching and learning.

Funding Failures

Lawmakers refuse to solve school funding problems. We ask three math teachers to provide solutions.

The Journey

Two early-career educators talk about the experiences and the educators who helped to shape their practices.

Professional Development

A roundup of some of NEA’s best affiliate work in PD.

Design Thinking

The mindset that turns students into innovative problem solvers.

Professional Development Gets Flipped

How flipped classrooms helped to change learning for educators.

Climate Change for the Non-Believers

Increasingly, it’s linked to identity. Tips to keep in mind.

Racist Testing

From grade school to college, students of color have suffered the effects of Biased testing.

First and Foremost

Janus v. AFSCME; March For Our Lives in photos; teacher burnout; and NEA partners with Girl Scouts of the USA.

Teaching and Learning

Steps for a digital detox; how to build a creative classroom culture; and preparing for the end of the school year.

Issues and Impact

West Virginia educators win; and how long-ago government housing policies continue to harm public schools.

People and Places

How one author turned a family secret into a book; and how a Los Angeles school district is working to lower student absenteeism.

Education Support Professionals

We Meet the Needs of the Whole Student

A Note from the Editor-in-Chief

Protect all students in all public schools.

Lily’s Blackboard

We must support student activists as they take the lead on school safety.

Extra Credit

Teacher turnover:  NEA works to stem the tide.


Working Hard for the Money

I have been an assistant band director for 28 years. “Moonlighting” (Winter 2018). I feel I make less money now than I ever have, due to 8 years of wage freezes (until 2016) and the overall cost of living. I take on extra work to make ends meet: a local retail store, playing in orchestras, concert bands, etc. Still, I feel like I’m scraping by. Meanwhile, administrators earn 6 to 8 percent raises.

—Charles Bradley II

I’ve had a second job for over a decade as a taxidermist just to pay the bills. I work 10 – 12 hours every day of my vacations and weekends. I also work 2 – 3 hours most days after school. The only thing not mentioned in the article is how insurance plans are covering less and less. This year I incurred a $6,400 bill for a biopsy that was pre-approved by the insurance company, but because it was sent to an out-of-network lab, they decided not to cover it. Teaching is getting harder and harder. If I didn’t love my students, I would just leave the profession.

—Dale Davis

What’s at Stake

The union allows our voice and concerns to be heard. “With ‘Janus,’ Corporate Interests Launch Another Attack on Workers” (Winter 2018). With the union, teachers are able to lobby for wages, a workable class size, supplies, and so much more. All teachers should want to have a voice at the table. Teachers who are against the union should ask, who will champion educators and lobby for them against corporate interests? I want someone to lobby for me so I can focus on educating our future! Our union lobbies for teachers rights. Is there another body that could do that important work?

—Sandy Geyer

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