Push is On for Changes to Evaluation System

Stories by Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor MEA member Ryan Ridenour has never known a teacher evaluation system other than the one used in Michigan since 2015. Still the world history and psychology teacher, in his sixth year at West Bloomfield, has found key problems with the state’s method for scoring, rating, and ranking educators. “I […]

Legislative Councils: a case study in lobbying

When Ed Clements attends a dinner (or for now, a Zoom call) with other MEA members and their invited guest—a state representative or senator—he doesn’t expect the educators and politician will agree on everything. Sometimes they don’t agree on much. Yet the 22-year Bay City educator and current city commissioner keeps coming back for more of these […]

Chris DeFraia: Sharing a Rich Resource for Educators

Ferris State University Professor Chris DeFraia has experienced many of the same effects from the global health crisis as other educators. For one, the MEA member misses sharing advice, encouragement, and friendship with colleagues. In addition, his genetics and biology students have seemed less engaged as the pandemic and mitigation measures to contain the virus have […]

Eric Hudson: Playing a Part to Beat the Virus

MEA member Eric Hudson loves being surrounded by his orchestra students in Kentwood as each one contributes a musical puzzle piece to a mosaic of sound that becomes melody, harmony, rhapsody, symphony. It’s also a fitting metaphor for the 37-year-old educator’s decision to join a clinical trial of a newly developed vaccine against COVID‑19 last […]

Aspiring Educators Build ‘Empowering’ Movement

A group of aspiring educators from Michigan State University hopes strength in numbers will help to amplify their message of concern about the equity, accessibility, and sustainability of MSU’s fifth-year internship program for gaining teacher certification. The members of MEA’s aspiring educator wing—Aspiring Educators of Michigan (AEM)—have organized a movement, Empowering Spartan Educators, to press for […]

Member Spotlight: Isaac Perry

In college, Isaac Perry realized architecture wasn’t for him. Instead he recalled his seventh-grade teacher saying he was a strong writer—which grew into an English teaching career. As English department chair at Huron Valley’s Lakeland High School, he is loved by students in his… computer science classes? Wait, what? How did computer science enter the […]