Posted on 05/18/15 at 3:00pm

The Michigan Association of School Counselors (MSCA) doesn't see the need for additional training in college and career counseling as outlined in HB 4552. They believe the real issue is the need for more trained school counselors-not more training.

Posted on 05/18/15 at 3:01pm

report by the Coalition for Psychology in Schools, "Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK-12 Teaching and Learning," and supported by the American Psychological Association, considers what teachers should know about the ways their students learn.

Posted on 05/18/15 at 3:02pm

Michigan ranks 29th when it comes to the number of high schools earning gold and silver medals according to U.S. News and World Report. Out of 834 eligible high schools, Michigan has 10 gold medal high schools and 68 silver medal schools. 

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:02pm

If you’re a local president looking for guidance and support, there’s still time to get the training you and your local need through the 2015-16 Local Presidents Academy (LPA). The deadline has been extended to June 15 and all local presidents—new, experienced, EA, ESP, higher ed, with or without release time—can benefit from the program at little or no cost to participants or to the local.

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:04pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is hosting the last in a series of webinars featuring models of Personalized Learning on May 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. Nicholas Provenzono, a Grosse Pointe Public Schools teacher and MEA member, will be presenting “Creating a Genius in Every Hour.”

Posted on 05/18/15 at 12:10pm

Since 1852, when 20 teachers came together in Ypsilanti to form what would eventually become the MEA, public school employees have joined together to win and protect basic rights that help ensure they are treated with the fairness, respect and dignity they’ve earned. 

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Free to MEA members: WebEx on Certification this Wednesday

Considering the changes in the law regarding certification, there is nothing more important than keeping your certification up-to-date. Whether your certificate expires this summer or in five years—you need to develop a plan to protect your certification.

MEA can help!

Join the free WebEx workshop for MEA members on Wednesday, May 21 at 5 p.m.  (EDS). “What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Certification” will cover how to keep your certification current; how to renew and/or progress your certificate using the new certification rules; how to use District-Provided Professional Development and SCECHs; and how to use MOECS to complete the renewal process.

You can join the online workshop for free by going to https://mea.webex.com/mea/j.php?MTID=ma224c260e491ced484d1a33039bd8f74. When asked, enter your name and email address. If a password is required, enter 12345 and then click “Join.” The WebEx will also be recorded so MEA members can view it at a later date.

Michigan has 78 high schools ranked as one of the 205 Best

Michigan ranks 29th when it comes to the number of high schools earning gold and silver medals according to U.S. News and World Report. Out of 834 eligible high schools, Michigan has 10 gold medal high schools and 68 silver medal schools. 

Psychologists report what teachers should know about student learning

report by the Coalition for Psychology in Schools, "Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK-12 Teaching and Learning," and supported by the American Psychological Association, considers what teachers should know about the ways their students learn.

Students need more trained counselors-not more counselor training

The Michigan Association of School Counselors (MSCA) doesn't see the need for additional training in college and career counseling as outlined in HB 4552. They believe the real issue is the need for more trained school counselors-not more training.

MEA members have access to full range of legal services

Since 1852, when 20 teachers came together in Ypsilanti to form what would eventually become the MEA, public school employees have joined together to win and protect basic rights that help ensure they are treated with the fairness, respect and dignity they’ve earned. 

Birmingham teacher, MEA member honored as Michigan Teacher of the Year

Twenty years of teaching his students to “learn globally and serve locally” earned Rick Joseph the title of the 2015-16 Michigan Teacher of the YearJoseph is a fifth/sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Birmingham Covington School and an MEA member. He was selected for the honor from 487 teachers across the state who applied.

“This is a huge surprise, but there is no way I can be Teacher of the Year without the help of my team. I always say there is no “I” in team. My colleagues and students inspire me and teach me every day and they share in this honor,” Joseph said.

The announcement also came as a surprise to students and staff who had gathered in the school gym supposedly to be recognized by State Superintendent Mike Flanagan for being one of the top 50 best middle schools in the U.S. Flanagan used the opportunity to recognize Joseph for his outstanding work.

“I had the honor to watch him in his classroom. He is truly an inspiration to his students. Like all teachers, Rick makes a profound impact and will influence his students forever,” said Flanagan.

Joseph is the first Birmingham teacher to receive the honor from the State Board of Education.  He is also a National Board Certified teacher and a 2012 winner of the Microsoft Global Forum for Expert Educators. He was one of the world’s most innovative educators chosen from 75 countries and honored at a reception in Prague.

Personalized Learning webinars features MEA member

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is hosting the last in a series of webinars featuring models of Personalized Learning on May 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. Nicholas Provenzono, a Grosse Pointe Public Schools teacher and MEA member, will be presenting “Creating a Genius in Every Hour.”

There’s still room for you in the LPA!

If you’re a local president looking for guidance and support, there’s still time to get the training you and your local need through the 2015-16 Local Presidents Academy (LPA). The deadline has been extended to June 15 and all local presidents—new, experienced, EA, ESP, higher ed, with or without release time—can benefit from the program at little or no cost to participants or to the local.

Laughter and play aren’t luxuries—they’re necessities!

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Participants in the annual BFCL Ladies Day at the MEA on May 8 got inspiration and ideas for their professional and personal lives from an unusual keynote speaker—a stand-up comedian. Sharon Lacey is a former award-winning teacher who quit the profession when she feared she was showing early signs of Alzheimer’s which runs in her family.

“I was scared. I decided it was better to do everything in life I wanted to do while I still could. I always wanted to be a stand-up comedian. It’s been quite an adventure and I’ve learned to embrace it,” Lacey said. 

That was more than nine years ago, but she still draws on her experiences as a middle school history teacher to connect with her audience through humor. 

“Considering what you’re dealing with—mandatory testing with test results tied to your evaluations, union busting, wage cuts—a mountain of problems—it feels  like you’re working in a war zone. And I should know, I’ve been in Iraq entertaining our troops,” Lacey told the ladies.

She touched on topics familiar to her audience—homework, Facebook, classroom supplies, and school pictures—bringing humor to every-day situations that, at some point, have tested the patience of every educator in the room. 

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