Have you emailed Congress yet? Emailing your U.S. Representatives and Senators only takes a couple of minutes, has a big impact, and you could win an iPod nano!
NEA is sponsoring a competition among the states to see who can send the most e-mails to Congress in support of jobs funding in the Emergency Supplemental Bill. From now through Wednesday, June 23, encourage your friends and colleagues to send an email to Congress using this link.
On the twenty-third, NEA will select the three states that had the highest percentage participation, based on total membership. Three participants from the top state, two from the second, and one from the third will be randomly selected from the list of email senders to win an 8GB iPod nano.
- To find out more about the contest, go here.
- Only entries submitted through this link will be accepted.
- This is a contest among the states, the winning states will be chosen using a percentage formula so smaller states have just as good of a chance to win as larger states: (total number of emails submitted)/(total state affiliate membership).
Currently Congress is working on another piece of legislation that they will address before taking up the education jobs bill. That is why it’s so important to pressure lawmakers in the next few days to get off the fence on this important funding.
If you’re looking for ways to get in the mood for Thanksgiving with your students, check out the links below. Both will take you to a complete list of Thanksgiving lesson plans, activities, links and more.
Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom: Interdisciplinary lesson plans, activity ideas and other curriculum resources.
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Thanksgiving Lesson Ideas: Find articles, lesson ideas, site reviews, books, crafts, clipart and more.
Are you teaching about Thanksgiving this week? Leave a comment and share what you are doing with your colleagues.
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September 26 to October 3 is Banned Books Week – the only national celebration of the freedom to read.
The American Library Association and other sponsors have a website with information about the week, including a map of recent book bans and challenges in the United States and suggestions for event ideas.
Visit the online library Bookshare for digital books for students with difficulties reading printed text because of blindness, visual impairment, color blindness, certain learning disabilities, or certain mobility problems. A free membership with Bookshare will enable you to download two free e-text readers.
by Pete Souza, official White House photographer
On Tuesday, September 8, President Barack Obama will deliver a national address directly to the nation’s students on the importance of education. He will challenge students to work hard, set goals, and take responsibility for their learning.
The address will be broadcast live over the White House website – www.whitehouse.gov – at 12PM eastern standard time. An e-mail invitation is being sent from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to every school principal in the country asking them to have their school participate in the broadcast.
The National Education Association has been asked to work with the White House to both promote this event and create materials that will support student participation.
This will be the first time any U.S. President has undertaken such an ambitious outreach effort to speak directly to America’s young people. Please help make this effort a success.
A group of 40 CEA members, 8 staff and the 4 CEA officers participated in the 2009 CEA/NEA orientation April 1-3. The CEA/NEA Orientation is an annual event organized by CEA staff for emerging local association leaders that builds awareness and understanding of the resources CEA and NEA offer.
CEA/NEA Orientation Participants
Participants toured CEA Headquarters in Hartford in the late afternoon Wednesday, and enjoyed an informal dinner together along with a brief presentation. On Thursday the group traveled to Washington, DC, where members toured the National Education Association Headquarters and learned more about NEA. They had the opportunity to meet with CEA and NEA leaders and staff as well as visit government buildings and tour the sights.