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February 2017


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CBOC allows locals to prepare, learn, share
This year, the tone of our Collective Bargaining and Organizing Conference also focused on how the local, state and national unions can come together to protect our rights in the face of a new political landscape. Read more

Club brings technology into students' homes
When the Community School of Excellence started a one-to-one laptop program with its students in 2011, teachers started to realize that their school had a digital divide. Read more

Denise Specht: Bargain your masterpiece
The November elections created a more difficult environment for organized labor. We’re expecting new attacks from Congress and President Trump’s Supreme Court on our freedom to come together in union, speak out about schools and negotiate collectively. Read more

What issue could Minnesota tackle at the Legislature this year that would help you most in your classroom or the profession?
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. Here is a selection of the answers. Read more

3 educators take their place as new legislators
Sen. Steve Cwodzinski, a retired social studies teacher from Eden Prairie; Rep. Julie Sandstede, an elementary music teacher from Virginia; and Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein, a library media specialist from Robbinsdale, all took office after being elected for the first time last November. Read more

Members testify, speak out on bills as session begins
Four Education Minnesota members shared their thoughts and expertise on how the state can address our dire teacher shortage and the growing needs of our students in front of the Senate E-12 Policy Committee Jan. 12. Read more

National Day of Action events held across Minnesota
Events such as walk-ins, rallies and welcome activities were held around the state and the county Jan. 19, as part of a National Day of Action to stand up for public schools. Read more

Higher ed, high school educators work together on concurrent enrollment plan
Faculty and administrators within Minnesota State, along with representatives of Education Minnesota, met to discuss how to ensure that concurrent enrollment remained a strong and viable option for students across the entire state by respecting, not compromising, established standards. Read more

Foundation awards first grants, scholarships of the year
Education Minnesota’s Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Board of Trustees awarded grants and scholarships this fall for those grants that had deadlines in November. Other grants will be awarded later this year. Read more

Changes to teacher licensure in play at the Capitol
Dramatic changes to the ways in which Minnesota’s teachers are licensed are being debated at the Capitol. Read more

ESP regional meetings focus on safe school environments
Education support professionals and the students they serve often disproportionately feel the impact of school safety policies, or lack thereof, and thus have a particular interest in ensuring these policies reflect the needs of both members and students. Read more

Selection of 2017 Representative Convention delegates underway
“The Power of We!” is the theme for the 2017 Education Minnesota Representative Convention (RC) on April 21-22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South. Read more

2 endorsed for TRA board
Education Minnesota has endorsed Mary Supple, a middle school social studies teacher in Richfield, and Will Baumann, a mathematics instructor at Ridgewater College in Willmar, for the active teacher seats up for election now on the Teachers Retirement Association Board of Trustees. Read more

Student data: What is private, what is not
Throughout the school day, educators in all positions receive and create private student data. Amid the stresses and challenges of educating students, it is important to remember what information is private and how to protect it. Read more

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

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