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August/September 2019

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Officer team wants to engage with more members, keep up momentum in new union world
The Minnesota Educator sat down with Education Minnesota President Denise Specht, Secretary-Treasurer Rodney Rowe and newly elected Vice President Bernie Burnham to discuss their vision for the next three yearsRead more

Specht,-Denise.pngDenise Specht: Unions are here to improve education, our members’ lives
Maire Sustacek walked out of her union’s office the morning of July 11 with 20,000 new reasons to look forward to the winter holidays. The biology instructor had just filed a claim for $20,655 in back pay as part of a settlement negotiated by the Minnesota State College Faculty union, a part of Education Minnesota, and the state college system. Read more

2019-06-12-MFT-ESP-Rally-Photo-by-Brad-Sigal-107.jpgMinneapolis ESPs refocus on activism in contract campaign

After the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59’s education support professional chapter settled its last contract, leaders knew that something had to change. Read more

EM-MEA_Color_Logo.pngMEA registration now open
Education Minnesota members can now register for the state’s largest professional development conference. Read more

IMG_1945.JPGClaims for back pay in college faculty salary settlement cross $100,000 mark
When Maire Sustacek began serving as faculty coordinator for the science and math departments at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, she noticed something seemed off on her paycheck. Read more

Yang-students.jpgMembers put foundation grants to use in meaningful ways
The Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers a wide variety of grants to union members for professional development and classroom-focused projects. Three members shared their stories of how they are using the funds to help meet students’ needs. Read more

Christensen-1.jpgFlexible spaces aim to get students comfortable enough to learn
Julie Beaver is one of the many Minnesota educators who have started exploring flexible learning spaces, by trying non-traditional classroom seating and room configurations. Read more

IMG_3246.JPGLocal races can have major impacts on schools this fall
Local elections have a major impact on our communities—especially our public schools and the education profession. Education Minnesota can help your local create a campaign plan to win your levy or school board election this fall and in the future.
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ReadingBook.jpgProfessional development opportunities

Briefs about grants, professional development, awards and other resourcesRead more

Osseo-local-meeting.jpgFall drive-Ins offer localized trainings
Many of Education Minnesota’s intermediate organizations are scheduled to host professional development sessions in the upcoming months called fall drive-ins. Read more

PaulMueller,-MelissaTerpstra-(1).jpgNominations open for the 2019-20 ESP of the Year
Nominations are open until Oct. 1 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, grounds keeping, security, technology services, health services and others. Read more

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