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Homework Market – On September 8th, student and teacher will once again be recognized before the start of the Phillies home game on NJEA Day at Citizens Bank Park.

JaTawn Robinson The seed for JaTawn Robinson’s commitment to her children’s school was planted long ago when Robinson herself was in elementary school. “My mom volunteered a lot at my school,” she fondly remembers. “Attending PTA meetings was a requirement for us, and I always appreciated the sense of community and family in school when I was a little girl.” One day, while she was working as a volunteer monitor in the cafeteria of her children’s school, the principal approached Robinson, said, “I need to talk to you in my office,” and then walked away. “It made me nervous,” Robinson says, “I thought, ‘Did my children do something?’” The principal had asked Robinson about her background. Robinson spent two years in that role, and then moved to Thomasville Heights—the elementary school she attended, and where her mother spent countless hours as a volunteer. By the end of the school year, Robinson was offered a position as the school’s parent liaison. In the neighborhood surrounding her current school in Texas homes average $300,000, compared to a state-wide average of $185,000. First-grade teacher Michelle Usher stays. Several years ago, Robinson was a frequent volunteer at her children’s school, Slater Elementary. She spoke at a hearing called by the House Democratic Outreach and Steering Committee, which focused on the recent surge of attacks on workers’ rights across the country.

Remembering her time there as a fourth and fifth grade student, she says that while the surrounding community struggled with poverty and drugs, she felt safe when she arrived at school. “You knew you were loved here. Currently in her eleventh year of teaching, and her second year at Brentfield Elementary School in Dallas, Texas, Usher says she considered the statistics on teachers who leave while attending last summer’s NEA Representative Assembly, and wondered, “Why aren’t we also talking about the people like me who stay?” Her musings inspired this story about the motivations that encourage Usher and other teachers to stay. Johnson spoke of how without collective bargaining, students will be subjected to “drill and kill” preparation for standardized testing where her students will pass a test but, their creative thinking will diminish. “Unions don’t protect bad teachers; they protect the agreement between teachers and administrators,” she said. “Unions protect the framework for problem solving, and represent the voice of the people, not big-government corporate interests.” In August, President Barack Obama appointed Lily Eskelsen, vice president of the National Education Association, to the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, a high-powered panel that will advise him on creating vital learning opportunities for the nation’s growing population of Hispanic students. “I’m not really into titles, but this one, I want. They also provide care—the lesson Usher says she most wants her students to receive: “I’m not just here to teach you something. Two years later, she became the school secretary. In 2016, Chang stepped into the classroom recognizing that while all students may not end up loving history, they can at least understand its importance. “Teaching history, and why it matters—especially now that the country is so divided—is where I can make an impact,” he says. “Students are our future and they can shape it as they see fit. There was something about her that made learning fun and magical.” Jennie Campbell Campbell has been a special education teacher for 12 years, and has worked with students with severe autism and Down syndrome.

Goodbye Private Sector, Hello Public Education California’s Jayson Chang, who teaches tenth-grade world history and twelfth-grade government and economics at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, Calif., held an unfulfilling marketing position for two years before entering the classroom. She she was young and new to the profession, and says she didn’t emerge from her preservice with a developed classroom management style. She watched other teachers. They discussed opportunities within the school, but nothing concrete. Michelle Usher (Photo: Hoyoung Lee) And that’s why she remains. “I stay because I want to make change.

Our babies still battle some of the things we battled when I was in elementary school, and I want to provide that same love and the same sense of safety I felt when I was a student here.” A Teacher For Life Erika Navarro-Dix also teaches at the school she once attended. I made a comment about ‘That’s not good for the environment.’ My manager replied, ‘I’m here to sell TVs, not save the world.’ That’s when I knew I had to leave.” After he resigned, Chang did some soul searching. She is a first grade teacher at Carnation Elementary School, in the small, rural town of Carnation, Wash., about 30 minutes east of Seattle. While she was a student in Johnson’s class, Usher’s grandmother died. “It was really hard on me,” she says. The English teacher at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus, Ohio, is a member of the Ohio Education Association.

Robinson was a lunch monitor, volunteer reader, and a field trip chaperone. Whether it’s support student success, or supporting the efforts of schools and educators in the community, the end result is clear—with a bit of hard work and determination, students can achieve almost anything. The only difference between the two sets of students, says Usher, “is what their parents can provide.” She says students enter school carrying with them an invisible suitcase filled with whatever is going on in their lives, and they can’t set it aside. “Even though I don’t know what’s going on, I can help them unpack their suitcase.” At day’s end, she helps pack it back up, hoping that she has helped to make the contents a bit “fluffier and brighter,” she says. Just watch the news and you will see Americans are not ready to give up on our kids.” Ohio teacher Courtney Johnson testifies in front of the House Democratic Outreach and Steering Committee. Her mom was a teacher of students with severe needs. Erika Navarro-Dix Navarro-Dix says her first year of teaching was hard.

But it was really her third-grade teacher, Robin Johnson—with whom Usher continues to maintain contact—who inspired her to teach. Harper was my inspiration [to become] a teacher. Today, this student reads 85 words a minute. “This is tremendous growth for a kiddo to read more fluidly and to more accurately comprehend,” she says. “And, to have the kids have the ability and the skills to be functional citizens within our world—however that may look—is why I’m still in it.” Not every teacher comes from a family of educators or instantly recalls that one special teacher. I could have left five years ago, but my drive is if I keep teaching in the classroom, [and] keep talking to parents, we can get the votes we need.” She adds, “I think now, we are seeing what we decided earlier isn’t going to work. Meanwhile, the Pew Hispanic Center also revealed in August that enrollment by young Hispanics in colleges and universities has hit an all-time high. Census Bureau says teachers are leaving the profession at a rate that has continued to climb for the past three years.

The U.S. This work, I want to do because it’s work that matters,” said Eskelsen, a former Utah Teacher of the Year. Scott Walker started in his state when he introduced a so-called “budget repair bill” eliminating collective bargaining for public employees. The reason she continues to teach? “I’ve always enjoyed being around kids,” she says. Her grandmother was an English teacher whose mother and grandmother were one-room schoolhouse teachers. Driven by a single-year surge of 24 percent, Hispanics now constitute the largest minority group on those campuses, outnumbering black students, whose enrollment also has increased steadily.

Although the legislation would permit union negotiations for wages, hours and working conditions, it would ban and eliminate binding arbitration and prohibit employees from going on strike. Throughout her speech, Johnson cited numerous examples of how collective bargaining means more than salary and benefits to teachers; it allows students to have a voice in issues such as class size and standardized testing. On September 8th, student and teacher will once again be recognized before the start of the Phillies home game on NJEA Day at Citizens Bank Park. Johnson joined three expert panelists and four other public employees from Ohio and Wisconsin, all testifying about how legislation such as Ohio Senate Bill 5 and attacks on collective bargaining will hurt the economy and public education in the long run. Credit: NEA/Patrick Ryan Clad in red as part of the national Wear Red for Public Ed on Tuesday movement, Johnson spoke eloquently and passionately about how teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions.

She explained how she held an associate degree in education and was affiliated with the Georgia Association of Educators and the NEA. Robinson has been the secretary at Thomasville since 2017. You knew someone was going to care for you. It’s important to teach them about community homework market.” While he does enjoy his students’ “aha” moments, Chang finds it most rewarding when his graduated students come back to visit. “It’s these moments that reinforce why I teach. He recalls a staff meeting during which his manager explained how it was cheaper for someone in India to buy a TV from their U.S.-based company and have it shipped from their warehouse (also U.S. based) to India, than for the person to buy a TV from China and have it ship from China. “China and India are right next to each other!” Chang recalls thinking that day. “It makes no sense to ship a TV back and forth across the Pacific. I really care about you.” Usher’s first teaching experience was in an Arkansas county where the number of students from families with low incomes was high. Ohio’s bill came on the heels of what Wisconsin Gov.

Ohio Gov. She looked for mentors. He reflected on his love of history—how, as a high school student, he often thought of wanting to teach history so other students, like him, would love the subject, too. Students share how I made a difference in their lives or how they used the lessons learned from my class in real-world situations,” he explains. “These are the kinds of connections and the type of community experiences that get me pumped and ready to go the next day.” From Volunteer to School Secretary For JaTawn Robinson, a secretary at Thomasville Heights Elementary in Atlanta, Ga., the power of community is strong. Facing a full Congressional hearing panel, in front of a packed house, Ohio teacher Courtney Johnson took a seat Tuesday and methodically laid out how attacks on workers’ rights and cuts to education will affect her students. “Ever deepening cuts to our public schools send the dual messages to our kids that, one, it is not a priority that they get educated; and two, that we have given up on finding better solutions to our problems,” Johnson told the 23 members of Congress. “Many of us are not willing to send those messages, and I know that we are not alone. As Tracey Meister told “This allows them to set goals, and it shows with effort, it could be them one day who is receiving the cheers.” Educators who are interested in finding out more about MLB’s educational opportunities and community outreach programs should contact their nearest professional baseball club for more information. Nationwide, and day after day, millions of educators step into school settings with a willingness to share love and commitment with their students.

John Kasich is pushing to pass Senate Bill 5, slashing collective bargaining for benefits for all public employees. Jayson Chang It’s a well-known fact that many public school teachers enter the profession only to leave a short time later. Johnson assured her they would weather Usher’s grief together. While not every state has a major league team, there are many minor league teams throughout the country that offer the same programs as their major league counterparts. Johnson’s support led Usher to understand early that teachers provide more than academic instruction. She made copies and assisted in the office. “Whatever needed to be done, I was there,” says the mother of three sons.

He thought about his undergraduate studies, which focused on being a global citizen and making human connections. Ten years later, she is still in the classroom. “For me, it’s teaching first grade because that’s a really big ‘aha’ year for kids. School starts to make sense and their light bulbs turn on and just geting to see their love for learning has made me want to stay in this profession.” Navarro-Dix, Usher, Campbell, Chang, and Robinson are hardly alone in their decision to step into—and remain—in the classroom. Usher was raised by a mom who this year entered her 39th year as an educator. If I can impact students every day, teach them how government works, I am impacting what we will see in 20 years.” Student Success Jennie Campbell, a special education teacher at Pine Ridge Elementary School in Aurora, Colo., has a similar experience and agrees with Usher’s sentiment about how educators help to shape the future. “For our kindergarteners today, the world is going to look completely different by the time they’re in twelfth grade,” says Campbell, who adds that educators strive to “help best meet the needs of our kids so that the world is accessible to all of them.” Campbell is a fifth-generation educator and says teaching runs in her blood.

Still, she adds, “I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life..” Navarro-Dix sought help. He thought about making a difference in the world. Campbell also has aunts and cousins who teach. And although they use different words to describe why they stay, it all boils down to the determination to make a difference in students’ lives—one that will last a lifetime. Yet, she remains in the classroom. “Every kid is like a puzzle and I’m trying to figure out what pieces I can give him or her to make learning a whole picture,” says Campbell, explaining that one of her students at the beginning of the year was reading 31 words a minute at grade level.

Her student caseloads have been, at times, overwhelming. Through the efforts of MLB and its teams, these types of educational programs have helped shine a light on the transformational role that education can play in the lives of students. She went to her principal and asked for additional classroom observations. Even when I started teaching, there were laws and policy procedures that didn’t fit with what is actually happening in the classroom. But when NEA Today asked Campbell why she decided to teach, she, like Usher, credited her third-grade teacher. “There are always one or two teachers in your life who stand out because they did something to help you or they connected with you on a personal level,” Campbell says. “Ms.

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