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NEA's Office of Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships fights for equitable funding, lower class sizes and greater teacher diversity, and against any and all efforts to privatize public education.Read More »
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“Schools and their teachers are a stabilizing force in society and a fierce promoter and protector of our democracy…[they] must always stay open because teachers doors stay open, saying come in, lets learn, let’s hope, lets begin dreaming.” - Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year

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At the White House on Wednesday President Obama honored 2015 National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples.
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"Our children are being tampered with. As parents and teachers, we are the first responders standing guard on the front lines, fighting to protect students’ access to a quality education. It is up to all of us to do what we can to shield students from the damaging effects of overtesting."

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A veteran educator sees the effects of high-stakes testing on his students. They're exhausted and dispirited and lawmakers need to pay attention.
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The matters relating education take the last place in the priority list of government as well as the leading political parties. What really we need is a people's movement. 
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Since the enactment of No Child Left Behind in 2002, test scores have been used to punish, close, and remove resources from the schools that needed them the most. And what did this punitive, one-size-fits-all approach to accountability get us? Rising opportunity gaps and students, educators, and schools that are penalized rather than supported.

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States and districts have not been held accountable for providing schools with the materials and supports that students need. This has to change.
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there seems to be in this culture a bias toward punishment, toward blame, toward ostracism -- as if causing harm is the best means to reduce it
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Despite fears that U.S. students are behind the international curve in science and math, most Americans think communication skills are more important for long term success, according to a Pew Research study.

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According to Pew, communication is the most important skill for students to "get ahead in the world today." Do you agree?
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MORE important than science or math?  Mmmm...  Not so sure about that.  At least AS important?  Probably.  Communication failure is at the root of many woes in both business and private sectors.  Good communication skills can lean to successful careers.
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All of a sudden, everyone is talking about ‘ESEA Reauthorization” or “NCLB Reauthorization” or “ESEA/NCLB Reauthorization.” It’s all legislative-speak, but if you’re an educator, you can count on this: lawmakers in Washington D.C. are currently deciding how much time educators can devote to actual teaching and whether equal educational opportunities are delivered to every child.  And you can do something about it.

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In the recent debate over NCLB, lawmakers are deciding how much time educators will be able devote to actual teaching. It's time to speak up.
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"Think about this: Seventy percent of the 1.4 million jobs in computer science will go unfilled because of a lack of computer science college graduates. We can turn that around really quickly if we get girls interested." - Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani

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Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani reveals her plan to hook girls on technology and how educators can play a key role.
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get them playing minecraft - I do and I learnt java and also through my videos Im learning adobe package and animating
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“My students, survivors of deep and debilitating trauma, have shaped the kind of teacher I am ... They have taught me to never make a promise I can’t keep because so many already have learned to see the world through suspicious eyes. To be the best teacher to them, I have to remember this and honor their background. I remember so I can gain their trust because I want them to read and write their way out of where they are.” - Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year

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Shana Peeples, a high school English teacher from Amarillo, Texas, was named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year on April 27 by CCSSO.
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Get this Tennessee educator a record deal! Check out this performance of  #MoreThanAScore  by Andrew Kimball, and join the chorus of educator, parent and concerned citizen voices working to ensure that students have more #TimeToLearn  at

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What would change in our public and school libraries if there were a slow lane and a fast lane for different kinds of information?

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The recent FCC decision to uphold net neutrality rules is an important win for schools.
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Right now, the U.S. Congress is reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) — also known as No Child Left Behind. ESEA is a huge deal, the law affects every classroom in America. Learn what it has to do with standardized testing and what you can do about it.

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I feel like our fixation on a test we give over 5-6 days in a school year is way over blown. Many stress and fret over it way more than is necessary. If we focus on great lesson design and plan our year well to cover core concepts the test will take care of itself.

The drawback for this outcry of to much testing makes us forget the need to assess our students as often as is needed. Every lesson we teach each day should be assessed through some sort of formative test. If we are telling our students information without the expectation for them to share what they have learned then most likely we have taught nothing.
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Michael Proscelle has been a teacher for 15 years at Woodlawn Hills Elementary School in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Before becoming an educator he spent nearly two decades as a retail manager for a Texas grocery chain. Learn how he's applying his past experience in the business world, each and every day in his classroom.

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Teacher Michael Proscelle brings real world knowledge about the workplace into the classroom.
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