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Members step up to activism now in critical election year

In her 10-year teaching career in Livonia, MEA member Sara Williams has never been involved in politics. But Williams says she is stepping up now because “It feels like education is going in the right direction finally. We have educators on the education committee fighting for us.” Sen. Dayna Polehanki poses with a painting from Livonia art teacher Heidi Posh,…

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Michigan’s educators prioritize student health, success in school rescue fund plans

Michigan’s dedicated public school educators prioritized the safety, health, well-being and success of their students when planning use of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding. The funds, distributed district by district, include the largest amount allocated by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden in the American Rescue Plan to address learning challenges in the wake of…

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Mother & daughter learn labor lessons together

Deborah Robertson and Kiarra Whitelow together earned certificates from Wayne State University’s Labor School last year. The mother-daughter duo are presidents of the teacher and support staff unions at Harper Woods School District in Wayne County. Deborah Robertson had a tough go in her first year as president of the Harper Woods Education Association in 2021. She had only been…

ICYMI: Free AI resources for your school district

MEA member Doug Hartley completed his student teaching and teacher certification amid COVID. Today at 27, in his second year teaching computer science in Utica, a second global upheaval has begun that will affect the rest of his career: the rise of generative artificial intelligence. A colleague of Hartley’s at the opposite end of her career in Utica, 30-year special…

Veteran educator: AI ‘democratizes education’

MEA member Kecia Waddell began her career in the analog world, moved into digital, and will finish in the artificial intelligence age. A 30-year special education teacher in Utica, she couldn’t be more excited. “I’ve always integrated technology for transformative teaching and learning experiences for my  students, but I’m so, so, so excited to have lived this long – 56…

SVSU profs: AI can boost creativity

J. Blake Johnson (left) and Phillip Hanson, art professors at Saginaw Valley State University, say AI holds great potential for good. Faculty at SVSU are seeking a National Science Foundation grant to advance AI integration and study its impact on student learning outcomes. Phillip Hanson had “a bit of an existential crisis” when a new AI image generator emerged 18…

CMU prof on AI: ‘We can do this. We have to.’

In her work with aspiring educators at CMU, Gabrielle Likavec explores teaching practices that remove easy opportunities for cheating with AI. Gabrielle Likavec keeps up with research to guide her instruction as a teaching and learning consultant working with aspiring educators at Central Michigan University. The MEA member notes a few key points from early data emerging on AI. >…

In daily time crunch, AI is a time machine

Early career educator Allison O’Connell sees hope in time-saving advantages of AI to help educators do great work and sustain careers. Fourth-year teacher Allison O’Connell challenges herself every day to engage a wide variety of fifth graders in her Kent City classroom and help them grow – whether they are performing at, below or above grade level, English Language learners…

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