Restorative Justice Resources

Dispute Resolution Centers exist in counties across Michigan, and they offer conflict mediation training for schools. Ann Arbor counselor Amy McLoughlin recommends it as the first step in exploring a restorative justice program. The Student Advocacy Center of Michigan offers an extensive list of resources for understanding Michigan’s new school discipline law and tapping into…

Our Story of Unionism: Romulus Education Association

Almost 365 days passed before Romulus teachers realized what teamwork and unity could really accomplish. Led by a strong executive board and committed crisis team, with unwavering support from neighboring locals in Wayne County Multi Association Bargaining Organization (WC-MABO), the Romulus Education Association finally reached an agreement with the school board. In November 2017, Romulus’s…

Election a Win for Students, Educators

Last month’s midterm election drew the highest turnout in Michigan in nearly 60 years, and MEA members helped bring change across the state—volunteering for local and state candidates, making phone calls, writing postcards, knocking doors and donating to MEA-PAC, MEA President Paula Herbart said. “From volunteering to voting, everyone made a difference for our students…

Early Career Educator Thankful for Union

Lindsey Nader loves helping her K-5 students in Troy—who have emotional impairments or autism—to learn social skills and access the general education curriculum. She planned to be a general education teacher after earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. But she continued on to get a master’s degree in special education because she knew it…

Skysquad: ‘We promote understanding’

Several students from Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School recently demonstrated a grasp on how to resolve conflict that many adults could learn from. In fact, the teenagers did teach their elders in October when four representatives from Skysquad—a student-led restorative justice team—presented at an international conference in Detroit attended by professionals from all over the…

A Journey Toward Justice

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor MEA member Amy McLoughlin didn’t like school when she was young. Growing up in rural Ohio, she was “that kid in the back of the room interrupting the flow,” voted class clown, a bright girl disengaged, she says. In high school, she skipped a lot but showed up for…