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Registration Open for Winter Webinar Series

Finding light and being the light during dark times. That’s the theme of MEA’s winter webinar series, “The Light of Winter Stars.” An offering of MEA’s Center for Leadership & Learning, this new series of peer-led, SCHEH-eligible webinars will run from January 18 through March 24. Topics for this series include managing stress and anxiety (for both students and educators),…

Labor Voices
Labor Voices: Real solutions, not stopgaps, needed to fix educator shortage

In recent days, rising COVID-19 cases mixed with staffing shortages have forced many school districts to switch to virtual instruction or cancel classes. It’s a numbers game when there aren’t enough adults to safely have students in school. The pandemic has exacerbated Michigan’s acute educator shortage. The heightened stress, crushing additional workloads, and destructive political atmosphere have brought a dangerous…

Upcoming Roundtables for Educators of Color

In the coming weeks, MEA will hold a second round of Roundtable Discussions for members who identify as people of color. Similar discussions yielded strong discussions about the specific challenges and needs facing educators of color throughout Michigan. All discussions are from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following dates: · January 19 – Ann Arbor · January 26 – Bay City…

New Website Launches for Center for Leadership & Learning

MEA’s Center for Leadership & Learning has launched a new, easy-to-navigate website where members can find information about professional learning opportunities, grants, leadership trainings and more. The Center for Leadership & Learning has been revamping MEA’s professional development offerings since before the pandemic, but as the public health crisis has challenged school districts and educators nationwide, the Center has risen to…

Santa and Solidarity Appear in Breitung Township

Santa fought through near blizzard conditions to visit Breitung Township Education Association (BTEA) and Breitung Township Education Support Personnel Association (BTESPA) family members earlier this month. More than 40 children and adults were on hand to meet with Santa in the first of what the two local unions hope will become an annual event for members and their families. Under…

MEA backs Whitmer, Benson and Nessel for re-election

Statewide committee of educators unanimously recommends trio in 2022 EAST LANSING — The Michigan Education Association is recommending to its members the re-election of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel, the state’s largest school employee union announced Wednesday. “Gov. Whitmer closely listens to the voices of educators, and she takes our expertise to…

Statement from Oxford Education Association president

The following statement can be attributed to Jim Gibbons, local president of the Oxford Education Association: “As some schools in our community reopen today, I want to express our sincere thanks for the massive outreach of support for Oxford’s students, parents, educators, administrators and the community at large. We are changed forever by the events of the past 11 days,…

Send a Message of Support to Oxford

Hundreds of MEA members have been directly affected by the tragic school shooting at Oxford High School, including those who work in the district and others who work in neighboring districts but live in Oxford and have children attending schools there. MEA has arranged for trauma-certified counselors to provide crisis counseling to those members in coming days to process the…

Labor Voices: Oxford tragedy compounds breaking point for educators, students

For students and educators alike, we’re at a breaking point. That was already clear from conversations I’ve had across Michigan these past few months. Now, add last Tuesday’s tragic shooting at Oakland County’s Oxford High School and its immense weight to that already heavy load. https://mobile.twitter.com/alabbazia In Oxford, we lost four young people to senseless violence. Several others were severely…

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