Supporting Innovative Professional Development

I’ve always dreamed of creating a space and structure for teacher professional development that is different than the current one-size-fits-all approach, where “experts” far removed from the classroom give advice that is difficult to implement. Many of us have struggled through countless hours of “sit-and-get” sessions, left wondering how we can use the information to…

A Gift ‘Beyond Measure’

by Brenda Ortega – MEA Voice Editor It was a Friday in April, 2016, when Annie Howard got the news. The Adrian art teacher expected the ultrasound at a Toledo hospital would confirm an issue with the umbilical cord in her 24-week pregnancy. Instead she struggled to process a deluge of information about the fetus: Absent…

MEA Toolkit Addresses ‘Silent National Crisis’

by Brenda Ortega – MEA Voice Editor “Sara” never imagined she could fear a kindergarten student, but the paraeducator from an affluent, high-achieving school district in the eastern part of the state says she was traumatized by routinely being bitten, kicked, and punched by a five-year-old child in class. The classroom aide, who asked not to…

Human Rights Awards Winners

David McMahon Human Rights Award During his second year teaching, Frank Burger spoke up in support of other new teachers facing unfair criticism from their district superintendent. After voicing his concerns at a school board meeting, colleagues encouraged him to run for an open seat as association vice-president. Burger won, and he’s been a social…