Member highlights: Bagley teacher puts apps to the test during online learning
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Member highlights: Bagley teacher puts apps to the test during online learning

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed school buildings in 2020, Amanda Everhart of Bagley was just like any other educator, trying to change the entire way she taught her lessons. For Everhart, it also provided an opportunity to see if any of the online apps she was now going to be using could help improve her…

Minnesota Educator Academy: Education Minnesota’s 2021 MEA conference will be hybrid this year!
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Minnesota Educator Academy: Education Minnesota’s 2021 MEA conference will be hybrid this year!

Education Minnesota’s 2021 MEA conference will be hybrid this year! Attend in-person Oct. 21 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre to check out our lineup of 65 workshops and dozens of educational exhibits. Or you can log on from home to watch the general session and a dozen select sessions virtually. New relicensure courses will also…

Education support professionals: Additional pay for ESPs, essential workers still being debated
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Education support professionals: Additional pay for ESPs, essential workers still being debated

Decisions around the additional $250 million set aside to honor essential workers with additional compensation by Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature remains with the working group of legislators, as of press time. Education Minnesota has been advocating for education support professionals, who have been working in-person throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic, to be…

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Member highlights: Educators of color forums invite all members to join

Educators of color forums invite all members to join Education Minnesota’s Educator of Color Forums are the creation of Education Minnesota’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC), an advisory body that focuses on ethnic minority issues in Minnesota schools. These forums provide space for members of color to connect, share, network and advocate for what educators…

Member highlights: Love of learning, language guides Benjamin’s teaching career
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Member highlights: Love of learning, language guides Benjamin’s teaching career

Her own personal love of learning and language is what inspired Natalia Benjamin to become a teacher, and helping her students find their own voice within language and the world is part of why she was named the 2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. “Students can find their voice and realize that as they understand and…

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Nominations open for the 2021-22 ESP of the Year

Nominations are open until Sept. 26 for the next Education Minnesota Education Support Professional of the Year.  The program honors exemplary professional and union work by an Education Minnesota member in any ESP job category, including paraprofessional/education assistant, secretarial/clerical, custodial, food service, maintenance and trades, transportation, groundskeeping, security, technology services, health services and others.  All…

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MEA conference will be hybrid this year

Members can attend this year’s MEA conference either in-person on Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre or log on to watch select sessions virtually.   The 2021 MEA conference lineup includes about 70 in-person workshops, focusing on racial equity in education, student and educator mental health, classroom strategies and much more. About a dozen…

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Professional development opportunities

Professional development National social studies conference in Minneapolis  The National Council for the Social Studies will hold its 101st annual conference in Minneapolis, Nov. 19-21. The conference will include 400-plus workshops, featuring the latest in social studies and geography education. There will also be more than 75 exhibits highlighting the latest social studies products and…