Three Tips to Avoid Offensive Halloween Costumes

By Félix Pérez Image courtesy of MDGovpics Ghouls, ghosts, gremlins and goblins will soon be flittering among us. Children, students and adults alike will celebrate Halloween in all manner of costumes. Some zany, some clever, some scary, some funny, some that push boundaries, and, unfortunately, some that objectify and degrade a culture or community The … Continued

5 Things Educators Can Do to Address Bias in Their School

Every day, educators, administrators and students carry with them attitudes and beliefs that may affect their understanding of a situation, their interactions with others, and their decision-making. If these beliefs are colored by negative stereotypes or biases, they can lead to misunderstandings and an unhealthy school climate, if not outright hostility or conflict. Acknowledging, understanding … Continued

Ed Dept. Threat to Middle Eastern Studies Program Deprives Educators, Students, Says Teacher

By Félix Pérez In what is being described as an “overly ideological” overreach that could stifle academic freedom, the U.S. Education Department has threatened to strip the funding of the Duke-University of North Carolina Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies. Tinisha Shaw, a member of the first cohort of teachers to go through the yearlong program, says the criticism … Continued

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NEA to Supreme Court: Do the Right Thing for DACA Educators

BY MARY ELLEN FLANNERY Today, in a legal brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Education Association urged justices to protect the thousands of educators who rely on a federal immigration policy known as DACA to shield them from fear and deportation. The Trump Administration’s inhumane termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in … Continued

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5 THINGS EDUCATORS ARE DOING TO SUPPORT LGBTQ RIGHTS NOW

Educators are on the leading edge of campaigns, initiatives and legislative efforts to create safe and affirming schools and support LGBTQ student rights. Below are summaries of some of the myriad ways educators are standing with LGBTQ students, and working to ensure they feel supported and welcome in our schools and communities.   1. Fostering … Continued

New Dream Bill Opens Pathway to Citizenship for 37,000 Educators

Some 37,000 teachers and teaching assistants working in public schools could gain a pathway to citizenship under two bills pending in the U.S. Senate. Take Action › Tell Congress: Pass the Dream Act Now! CLICK HERE › The legislation, S. 874 and S. 879, provide a pathway to citizenship—and certainty—for Dreamers brought to this country … Continued