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December/January 2019


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Tim Walz: Educator-in-chief!
A high school social studies teacher was elected governor of Minnesota on Nov. 6, along with a long-time education advocate as his lieutenant governor. Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan will take office in January after a campaign largely focused on education. Educators across the state played a huge part in the election results. Read more

Minnesota's math teacher: State Auditor-Elect Julie Blaha
A second teacher was elected to statewide office on Nov. 6. Julie Blaha, a math teacher and former president of Anoka Hennepin-Education Minnesota and secretary-treasurer of the Minnesota AFL-CIO, is Minnesota’s next state auditor. Read more

Denise Specht: Build on momentum for positive change
Nearly two years ago, Education Minnesota began to redefine what politics could mean for educators in schools and worksites all over the state. The first step was to show the link between elections and the working lives of educators for any member who didn’t see it. Read more

Funding, campaign promises to fill legislative session
The 2019 Minnesota legislative session will begin Jan. 8 and with a new governor, a new Democratic majority in the House and a funding bill to be worked on, it promises to be a busy few months. Education was at the forefront of Gov.-elect Tim Walz’s campaign, as well as a lot of the Minnesota House candidates. Read more

Stay informed, get involved this legislative session
The 2019 Minnesota legislative session begins Jan. 8 and must end May 20. There are many ways to get involved -- including lobby days, testifying before a committee and using our Policy Action Center to contact your legislators. Read more

2018 ESP of the Year brings a calming presence to her school, students
Melissa Terpstra has always known she was born to help people. “I’ve always had a knack for helping people,” she said. “I’d like to credit my mom for that. I always tell people I get it from her.” So when an opportunity to work in the school district she graduated from arose, she took it and hasn’t looked back since. Read more

School social workers celebrate 50 years
The Minnesota School Social Workers Association celebrated its 50th anniversary at its annual fall conference in October. The association created a historical display for the conference, which members could go through to receive a continuing education credit. Read more

Shakopee SEED program plants equity, diversity changes
When Shakopee educators were given the opportunity to pilot a districtwide equity and diversity team, they jumped at the chance. “We wanted to get a group of educators together, moving them forward with their racial equity knowledge,” said Amy Engler, a high school teacher who has worked with Education Minnesota’s Racial Equity Advocate and F.I.R.E. program. “We wanted to show teacher growth and show growth in classrooms and community." Read more

Delegate selection for 2019 NEA RA
The National Education Association Representative Assembly, the major decision-making body for the NEA, will take place next July 2-7 in Houston. All active Education Minnesota members are eligible to run for state-credentialed delegate for the NEA RA. Filings open Nov. 5 and close Dec. 14. Read more

Education Minnesota Member Honor Roll
Check out the educators -- perhaps even your colleagues -- who are making local, state and even national headlines with awards and more. Read more

Rural educators awarded
The Minnesota Rural Education Association announced its third annual Educator of Excellence Award honorees. The award was created to recognize, reward and promote excellence in education that achieves the highest outcomes for greater Minnesota students. Read more

Two TRA board seats up for election
The Teachers Retirement Association Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill two active-member seats on the board.  The terms of now-retired St. Cloud teacher Mary Broderick and Osseo math teacher Marshall Thompson expire June 30, 2019. There are no term limits for board members. The new four-year terms for these positions will begin July 1. Read more

Registration now open for 2019 Emerging Leaders
Education Minnesota’s Emerging Leaders program is now accepting applications for its summer 2019 training. The program looks to build the skills of tomorrow’s union leaders. The training will be held June 18-20 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. Read more

2019 Collective Bargaining and Organizing Conference
Education Minnesota’s 2019 Collective Bargaining and Organizing Conference will take place Feb. 1-2 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington-Minneapolis South. This conference will be an important kickoff to 2019-21 contract negotiations for teachers and will offer valuable information for ESP locals who are either negotiating or preparing to negotiate. Read more

Briefs about grants, professional development, awards and other resources. Read more

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