AFT survey: 2021-22 was one of the worst years for PreK-12 teachers, staff

More than 70 percent of AFT members who participated in a recent Hart Research Associates-AFT survey described the 2021-22 academic year as one of the worst for PreK-12 teachers and staff.

Interviews were conducted June 17-21 with 2,379 AFT members. Other key findings:

• 60 percent said they probably will stay or definitely will stay in their current job in the next one to two years

• 51 percent said they were represented very well by their local union

• 44 percent said they are either fairly worried or very worried about the possibility of a mass shooting where they work

To view and download “Under Siege: The Outlook of AFT Members,” click here.…

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Win tickets to ‘Hamilton’ through SML

As part of its Summer of Learning 2022 series, Share My Lesson is giving away three grand-prize packages to see “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York.

The entry deadline for the “Hamilton” and the Big Apple Educator Sweepstakes is Aug. 5; the prize drawing will occur Aug. 10.

For more info, contest rules and to enter, click here.…

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NCES: Student, teacher absenteeism rose in 2021-22

Around 40 percent of schools experienced an increase in chronic absenteeism among their students in 2021-22, and about half of schools said teacher absenteeism went up during that academic year, reports The Washington Post’s Donna St. George, citing recent government data.

Collected by the National Center for Education Statistics, the data in the 2022 School Pulse Panel study also showed that more than 80 percent of public schools have asked for additional mental health support.…

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NPSS will expand tutoring and mentoring

On July 5, the Biden administration, the U.S. Department of Education and others launched the National Partnership for Student Success to provide students with more tutors and mentors, according to a White House press release.

“America’s students are on average two to four months behind in reading and math because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the White House said July 5.…

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NAMI to use survey results for second book

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will use answers from its latest survey for a second edition of “You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health,” which will focus on navigating the mental health needs of children and teens.

The AFT is asking its members to complete the NAMI survey by July 8 — to get started, click here.…

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Share My Lesson launches its Summer of Learning

The Share My Lesson team worked earlier this year with its leading partners to create content intended to refresh and inspire AFT members during the summer months.

SML’s free Summer of Learning offerings include the webinars “Missing Migration Narratives in American History” on July 26, “Podcast-Inspired, Solutions-Driven Climate Education” on July 27 and “Managing the Differentiated Classroom” on Aug.…

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Advisory council aims to lift voices of Latino education leaders

The nonprofit Latinos for Education recently launched a six-member advisory council “to lift up the voices and efforts of seasoned, Latino education leaders” as well as “influence conversations and actions around increasing educator diversity at the state and national level,” according to its website.

“We know that we are not alone in our efforts to increase the voice and representation of Latinos in the nation’s education system; that is why we are convening the National Latino Educator Advisory Council,” said Feliza I.…

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Webinar to cover how educators navigate free speech issues

Join Education Week’s Holly Kurtz on June 29 as she moderates the webinar “Future of the First Amendment: Exploring Trends in High School Students’ Views of Free Speech.”

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their own experiences in districts and schools.

The hourlong webinar begins at 2 p.m. ET on June 29.…

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NMAI teacher workshop covers Pamunkey Indian tribe

“Life Along the River: The Pamunkey Indian Tribe of Virginia,” a two-part online workshop for fourth- and fifth-grade teachers, begins June 28 at 4 p.m. ET.

Presented by the National Museum of the American Indian, this workshop — in which participants will explore materials for appropriate teaching of Pamunkey history — meets social studies and environmental science standards.…

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U.S. DOE shines spotlight on AFT-supported Red Hawks Rising

The U.S. Department of Education recently featured the AFT-supported Red Hawks Rising teacher academy as part of its #InnovatED online video series.

The clip focuses on Melissa De Almeida, a senior at Newark’s East Side High School, and her quest to become a bilingual teacher. Also featured in the video are Mayida Zaal, an associate professor in Montclair State University’s teaching and learning department; Erika Plumey, a teacher at East Side; and Roger León, Newark’s superintendent.…

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NJCIE Inclusion Leadership Conference is June 28

A Q&A session with author Dr. Cheryl M. Jorgensen and a workshop about how schools can support family reading time are among the offerings at the NJCIE Inclusion Leadership Conference on June 28 in Kenilworth.

The event is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Montclair State University Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health. …

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Poll: K-12, higher ed are the industries with highest burnout rate

At 44 percent and 35 percent, respectively, K-12 education and college or university are the top two industries where employees feel most burned out at work, according to a Gallup poll conducted in February.

“K-12 workers have consistently been among the more burned out workers nationally, but the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing challenges — and introduced new ones to a profession already struggling,” write Stephanie Marken and Sangeeta Agrawal for Gallup.…

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New U.S. DOE council connects families, schools to meet students’ needs

The U.S. Department of Education on June 14 launched the National Parents and Families Engagement Council.

“Parents are a child’s first teachers, and there’s no one better equipped to work with schools and educators to identify what students need to recover,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona in a press release. “The National Parents and Families Engagement Council will serve as an important link between families and caregivers, education advocates and their school communities.…

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