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August 2017


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Uniting for strong communities
Amid mounting attacks on public education, thousands of educators from across the country came together at the National Education Association’s summer conference to set policy and priorities for what could be a stormy year ahead. Read more

Band director helps bring small town together
To say that Erik Hermanson has expanded the music education program at Cleveland Public School would be a major understatement. When Hermanson started at the school 23 years ago, just 19 students in grades nine through 12 participated in his senior band. Today, that band is 144 members strong. Read more

Denise Specht: Improving by facing our unconscious assumptions
We’re working to bring trauma-informed teaching and restorative practices into our buildings because advances in the cognitive sciences have shown us new ways to help our students. It’s the latest chapter in the long story of our campaign to improve the learning conditions in schools. Read more

What could you do if the Legislature funded schools properly?
In last month’s Minnesota Educator, we continued the “we want to hear from you” contest and received responses from all over the state via email and Twitter. Here is a selection of the answers. Read more

Five Education Minnesota staff retire
August issues of the Minnesota Educator acknowledge service to the union by staff members throughout the state in all categories of work who have retired during the previous year. Read more

Sign up to volunteer at the Education Minnesota State Fair booth
It’s time to volunteer for Education Minnesota’s biggest public outreach event of the year. The 2017 Minnesota State Fair kicks off Aug. 24, and we'll be back with our popular photo calendars at our booth in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street near the Snelling Avenue entrance. Read more

Foundation awards next rounds of grants
Education Minnesota’s Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Board of Trustees awarded grants this winter and spring in the classroom project, Bruce Vento science educator, education support professionals, higher education professional development, second year classroom project, classroom technology, impact and affinity grant categories. Read more

Common thread runs through legal challenges, changes
Some midsummer musings on the state of the law for educators. What connections do you see? Educators and the unions that represent them are under attack with a persevering force – and financial resources – not previously seen by most of us dedicated to labor rights and public education. Read more

Featured speakers added for 2017 MEA conference
The lineup of featured speakers and workshops is taking shape for the 2017 MEA conference. Aspiring educators and veteran school employees alike will yet again find the tools and inspiration they need to grow professionally at the union-sponsored professional development event Oct. 19-20 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Read more

Briefs about grants, professional development, awards and other resources. Read more

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