New ad campaign highlights support staff as ‘unsung heroes’

MEA has launched a new video highlighting the important role education support professionals play in schools across Michigan. The video features MEA education support professional members, like paraprofessionals, bus drivers, secretaries, food service workers, custodians, maintenance workers and others who help kids in our schools achieve and learn. “Education support professionals are a critical part of our…

Supporting Innovative Professional Development

I’ve always dreamed of creating a space and structure for teacher professional development that is different than the current one-size-fits-all approach, where “experts” far removed from the classroom give advice that is difficult to implement. Many of us have struggled through countless hours of “sit-and-get” sessions, left wondering how we can use the information to…

A Gift ‘Beyond Measure’

by Brenda Ortega – MEA Voice Editor It was a Friday in April, 2016, when Annie Howard got the news. The Adrian art teacher expected the ultrasound at a Toledo hospital would confirm an issue with the umbilical cord in her 24-week pregnancy. Instead she struggled to process a deluge of information about the fetus: Absent…