A California-based company that uses viral videos to promote kindness, inclusiveness, and gratitude as the core of American cultural values visited a school district in Jackson County to surprise six education support professionals (ESP) with a video shoot in their honor.
Educators give freely of themselves – to planning and grading; to connecting with students and parents; to volunteering for school activities, committees, and projects. Too often, they sacrifice family time to get it all done – and their own children and spouses pay the price.
Education Support Professionals (ESP) who complete either of two upcoming NEA webinars will be eligible to receive credit in MEA’s ESP certification program. Both webinars are free and aimed at ESP audiences.
By Brenda Ortega
Certified school librarians are an endangered species in Michigan.
Even as politicians have toughened academic standards and passed a strict new third grade reading law, school districts across the state have cut professional library staff to balance budgets under pressure from state per-pupil funding cuts.
If you only looked at Janet Fairchild’s job title at Hesperia Community Schools, you might think she spends her days issuing punishments for bad behavior. After all, she’s the Discipline Coordinator at the middle and high schools.
Go to a school board meeting in Manistique, and you’ll most likely see John Barry sitting in the audience – or standing at the microphone – no matter if the agenda includes anything related to his duties as president of his ESP local or not.
The tireless fight of Ishpeming bus drivers to beat back recent privatization efforts was highlighted in the opening of the 2017 MEA ESP Conference – with an appropriate theme: “Make Every Connection Matter.”