The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is phasing out 12 teaching endorsements in subjects that are hard to fill or do not attract enough teaching candidates.
Four MEA members were honored at the 2017 MEA Awards for Human Rights & Excellence for their inspiring activism and dedication to craft. “We are so far from being finished with all of these movements,” said one. “I’ll keep going as long as I have energy.”
MEA member Joe Dombrowski is such a huge Ellen DeGeneres fan that he says he blacked out mentally while appearing on her show last week and couldn’t remember exactly what he said during the interview. But when he watched a tape of his segment on last Friday’s The Ellen Show, he was amazed to see her…
By Brenda Ortega
MEA Voice Editor
The financial situation in Ypsilanti’s Lincoln Consolidated School District was dire when school employees stepped up to take hits for the team – absorbing job cuts, insurance premium hikes, pay reductions, and more in the hopes of restoring stability over a five-year period.
An old card catalog cabinet on its way to the scrap heap presented an opportunity for MEA member Deborah Lynch to start a fresh new program at Grosse Pointe Public Library, where she works as assistant circulation manager at the Ewald Branch.
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.
Little do her Michigan friends know, but MEA-Retired member Ruth Westbrook – who worked at schools in Pontiac, Highland Park, and Troy – has lived out scenes similar to the Academy Award-winning movie Hidden Figures. Westbrook, 76, followed in the footsteps of African-American women depicted in the film, human math computers at NASA who fought segregation and discrimination to build trailblazing careers at the space agency.
By Brenda Ortega/ MEA Voice Editor
Years ago when MEA member Pamela Nickelson first started using body movement to help children learn and remember concepts in her classroom, the East Lansing music teacher was simply following her instincts.
‘Disappearing Educator’ article explores growing problem of attracting and retaining teachers, support staff
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Education Association yesterday released the February edition of the MEA Voice magazine, featuring an article that explores Michigan’s growing school employee shortage crisis. The article, “The Disappearing Educator,” investigates why experienced teachers are leaving early and why young people aren’t pursuing the education profession.