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We owe it to each other to keep our distance during graduation season
High school seniors and their families aren’t the only ones who will miss the big, traditional graduation ceremonies this year. Read more.

In the last two months, educators across Minnesota have taken their classrooms and moved them into online spaces.
“We will keep educating students and building relationships in every way we can,” said Education Minnesota President Denise Specht, after the governor announced distance learning will take place through the rest of the school year. Read more.


From creating a calming room online to making a video honoring seniors’ scholarships, school counselors may be supporting students from a distance, but their work remains important.
“Counselors are so vital to the school community,” said Tanis Henderson, a counselor at Deer River High School and the president-elect of the Minnesota School Counselors Association. “We blend the academics, career- and college-readiness, mental health support and relationship building.” Read more.


School social workers are helping students and families more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is the biggest mental health crisis our profession has seen,” said Molly Fox, a Mankato school social worker and president of the Minnesota School Social Workers Association. “The need for student support teams in schools is more than ever before.” Read more.

Just as educators have moved to distance learning, Education Minnesota also has moved to virtual union work and support.
Education Minnesota’s annual business meeting, the Representative Convention, was held on the GoToMeeting platform on April 25. Read more.

Education support professionals essential to distance learning work
From providing child care to children of essential workers to supporting students, education support professionals have been a key piece to the success of distance learning. Read more.

Legislature adjourns with important work left undone
The Minnesota Legislature adjourned May 18 without voting on state employee contracts as they were originally bargained or adopting language to improve the economic security of hourly school employees. Read more.

Unity campaign continues on with funding message
At the Unity Summit earlier this year, Education Minnesota kicked off a campaign for fully funding education through electing pro-public education candidates in 2020 and advocating for the resources our students’ need. Read more.

Cerar earns top award for career of leadership
When Joe Cerar was in eighth grade, the teachers in his school district went on strike and he saw first-hand the values of unions. Read more.

McCammon brings justice, care into education
When Becky McCammon went to college, there wasn’t a major for doing what is right by people, so she majored in English and teaching instead. Read more.

Preschool teachers display courage, solidarity
The 25 preschool teachers in the South Washington County School District were included in the teacher bargaining unit, until they weren’t. Read more.

Student art contest
With distance learning taking place across Minnesota, Education Minnesota wanted to take the opportunity to highlight student art and the educators who support them in their work. Read more.



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