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Safety has always been defined by local educators, students 
There has never been a single definition of safety for Minnesota educators since the novel coronavirus shut down our school buildings last year. Instead, our union has acknowledged that each educator’s definition of a safe worksite would depend on the latest science and local conditions.  Read more.


Two new research papers focus on important education issues
Education Minnesota’s Educator Policy Innovation Center will release two new research papers this spring in response to two education crises — improving equity in our state’s child care system and responding to the disrupted learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.Read more.


COVID, vaccine updates available for all members online 
As school districts continue to change learning models and a new vaccination plan for educators becomes reality, Education Minnesota continues to update its website and send email updates to its members. Read more.


Legislative session begins with focus on COVID relief 
The 2021 Minnesota Legislature convened in early January, with much of the focus so far being on the COVID-19 pandemic as it still remains a concern. Read more.


ESP Bill of Rights a key part of legislative agenda again 
Education Minnesota will once again be introducing an ESP Bill of Rights as legislation this session. The union hopes to push key parts of this package of proposals to have hearings and receive attention.  Read more.


Special ed teacher motivates students with special guests
When students enter Jamie Weisz’s special education classroom at Champlin Park High School, they never know who might greet them.  Of course, Mr. Weisz is there, but he has also started a project finding local and national celebrities to send him selfie videos with a motivational message for the students.Read more.


Science teachers prepare, develop PD for new standards
Minnesota science educators will have until 2024 to fully implement the newly approved state science standards, which include big changes for sixth-grade curriculum, but a group of educators is already working to make sure their colleagues are prepared. Read more.


TRA Board elections approaching
Teachers Retirement Association active members soon will choose representatives for the Board of Trustees in two races. Two members will be selected for four-year terms; one member will be selected for a two-year term. Terms of the elected members will begin on July 1, 2021.Read more.


Ellison receives national award for his commitment to his students, union
Tom Ellison’s career in education has been one of adapting and changing to meet the needs of his industrial technology learners. But at the core of his support for students has also been his commitment to his colleagues and his profession through his union work. Read more.


New Racial Equity Advocates begin important work
Education Minnesota’s Racial Equity Advocate program is now in its fourth year of training members to serve as co-conspirators and help develop an anti-racism growth mindset in local unions and school districts. Read more.


Member honor roll
Minnesota State 2020 Board of Trustees Awards For Excellence, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching , 2020 MNSHAPE Physical Education and Health Teachers of the Year, National Board Certified Teachers. Read more.


Connecting aspiring educators to their union, profession
As Megan Bartel starts the second half of her year of student teaching, she can’t help but look forward to her future career in the classroom. She also looks forward to being an active teacher member of her union. Read more.


Professional development
A guide to various options for professional development, grants, and scholarships that are available. Read more.


Delegate selection underway for 2021 Virtual Rep Convention
Plans are underway for the 2021 Education Minnesota Representative Convention, which will be held virtually Saturday, April 24. While the format may be different, this is still an opportunity for members to represent their colleagues on issues that affect all educators by seeking a post as a delegate or alternate.Read more.


Education Minnesota Foundation spring professional development grant deadlines approaching
Applications for the second round of professional development grants and second-year classroom grants, from the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are due April 2.Read more.



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