Why and How I Use My Voice

By Rick Joseph 2015-16 Michigan Teacher of the Year Teacher voice. We raise our voices for all kinds of reasons every day. Perhaps no one understands the power of voice to influence behavior and effect change better than classroom teachers. I have reluctantly overcome familiar fears to raise my voice beyond the classroom. I try…

NEA Training Builds Candidates

Running for public office can be a daunting prospect, but NEA is demystifying the process with a free non-partisan training program for members to learn what it takes to win election to the school board on up to the state legislature. The See Educators Run program launched last year aims to give educators – regardless…

Whitmer: An Advocate for Public Education

By Brenda Ortega MEA Voice Editor High school educator Jill Laurin-Maxwell had a special guest tagging along when she went shopping for school supplies this year. The sign language teacher took gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer with her to buy tissues, paper, pencils, Sharpies, paper clips, binders and lotion—an $84 excursion that Laurin-Maxwell said was the…

MEA President Joins Bipartisan Coalition: ‘We’re trying something radical’

Launch Michigan is a new partnership bringing together diverse interests from across Michigan’s political, economic, education, philanthropic and government sectors. MEA President Paula Herbart will be a proud voice of labor on the panel, which is setting out to improve the state’s education system. Read more at LaunchMichigan.org. Here read excerpts from a conversation about…

Member Spotlight: Cassandra Joss

Cassandra Joss, a third-grade teacher in Utica Community Schools, recently made a video to show how much teachers spend on their classrooms, and she appeared on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program to talk about it. How did you get the idea for a video of your classroom with and without teacher-provided materials? My district did some…

Member Spotlight: Sheryl Kennedy

A longtime teacher, now principal of Geisler Middle School in Walled Lake, MEA-Retired member Sheryl Kennedy is among several Michigan educators stepping up to run for political office this year.  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Davison which is the district that I’m running for state representative in. When I grew up…