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October/November 2018


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Organize, organize, organize
Any given weekday last July, Saida Omar could be found knocking on doors in an apartment building or down a street in Minneapolis with a list, a clipboard and a membership form in hand. That’s because Omar spent her summer as part of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Education Support Professionals summer organizing program. Read more

MEA is here: Everything you need to know
The 2018 Minnesota Educator Academy (MEA) conference Oct. 18 features a lineup of more than 80 workshops and dozens of educational exhibits. You can earn relicensure credit, network with your peers and win prizes at Minnesota’s largest professional development event for educators. Read more

Denise Specht: Speak out against the politics of division
Nine Minnesota high school students immediately knew what they would change in their school if given a chance: Reduce the racial conflicts they saw in the halls every day. The students were enrolled in a special for-credit class for future teachers. They answered the question from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten without hesitation. Read more

Check out our new Election 2018 microsite --!
Education Minnesota has launched a website dedicated to help get out the vote for the election this fall. has information for Education Minnesota’s worksite action and digital engagement leaders, as well as any member across the state, to use in motivating their friends and colleagues to be a voter this fall. Read more

NBCT network provides invaluable support
The process of becoming a Nationally Board Certified Teacher takes time and effort, but the Minnesota National Board Certified Teacher Network provides teachers with support during and after their application. “The members of this network are there to help you every step of the way,” said Joe Weyer, a math teacher in Roseville, who recently became certified. “I don’t think I would have made it without these people in my corner.” Read more

Giveaway brings unions together
Faculty at St. Cloud Technical and Community College know that when students don’t have money, they aren’t able to buy books or gas to get to campus. So, they decided to help. “We know a lot of students struggle, have extra jobs and need extra help,” said Vicky Kapitzke, a Spanish, ESOL/ESL, English and reading faculty member. “A few of us had the idea to do some kind of giveaway to help ease the burden." Read more

Member engagement work for the 2018 campaign heats up
As the school year begins, Education Minnesota members are looking ahead to the November elections and beginning the work to help motivate their colleagues to vote. More than 33,000 Minnesota educators did not vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election. The union has the power to change that in 2018 and is engaging members in a whole new way around being a voter. Read more

Educators are democracy's last line of defense against tyranny
Five years ago, I gave a speech voicing my belief that teachers barricade American democracy against the threat of tyranny. Our work powers public education, which produces an educated populace of citizens. We are democracy’s last line of defense. 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

2019 Teacher of the Year nominations open
Nominations open Sept. 28 for the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award, and remain open through Nov. 15. Nominations can be submitted online by accessing a simple nomination form on Read more

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

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