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Educators have reasons for gratitude this holiday season

By Chandra Madafferi One of the most important things we can do during the holidays is take time to practice gratitude and remind ourselves of all that we are grateful for. This holiday season, Michigan educators, parents and supporters of public education have a lot to celebrate. Thanks to the hard work of Michigan Education Association members working together as…

New survey: Student outbursts, threats pose challenge for teaching and learning environments

Photo: Vecteezy EAST LANSING — Michigan educators are facing significant challenges to both student learning and their own workplace satisfaction due to an increase in disruptive student behavior, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Michigan Education Association, the state’s largest educators union. A majority of educators surveyed reported experiencing student outbursts, damaged property or verbal threats, and more…

Banned Books Week: October 1 – 7, 2023

This Banned Books Week, be sure to check out MEA's "Freedom to Read" series, which explores how educators across Michigan are fighting back against political extremists and working to protect students' freedom to read. In the five-part series, MEA Voice Editor Brenda Ortega — a former reporter with the Los Angeles Times — examines growing calls from partisan political operatives…

Statement from MEA President on UAW working toward a contract settlement

EAST LANSING — Michigan Education Association President Chandra Madafferi, a teacher from Oakland County, released the following statement Friday: “We hope a resolution can be found soon in the contract negotiations between the UAW and the Detroit Three automakers. The economic impacts of a drawn-out work stoppage would be devastating for our local communities, including autoworkers and their families, small…

Hungry kids can’t learn — so we’re feeding them

By Chandra Madafferi From planning a holiday feast or sharing Instagram-worthy photos of an amazing meal, food invokes powerful feelings. But for some families that struggle with food insecurity, those strong feelings aren’t necessarily positive. A student once asked me, “Mrs. M., can you just go to a grocery store and get whatever you want, or do you have to…

MEA announces hiring of new Executive Director of Center for Leadership & Learning

EAST LANSING – Veteran educator Arminda Westra has been hired by the Michigan Education Association to be the new Executive Director of the Center for Leadership & Learning, the union’s division devoted to driving education innovation and ensuring every Michigan student gets the quality public education they deserve. “As a product of Michigan’s public schools, a member of a proud…

A brighter future lies ahead for Michigan’s public schools

By Chandra Madafferi It’s a new day for Michigan students, parents and educators. With the pandemic behind us, a record level of funding flowing into local school districts, and concerted efforts to attract and retain talented educators to our children’s schools, we’ve finally turned the corner. As the Michigan Education Association’s new president, I’m proud to work on behalf of…

MEA member’s first-of-its-kind student literacy platform wins MIVirtual EdTech contest

UTICA — MEA member and Utica Community Schools teacher Jonathan Marceau has won first place in the Michigan Virtual EdTech Contest for his first-of-its-kind digital learning platform intended to boost student literacy and reduce prep work for educators. Jonathan Marceau The Utica teacher’s winning pitch, Spelling Safari, reinvents the spelling curriculum with a software solution customized to students’ individual learning…

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