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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 – October 15 every year.  If you haven’t yet celebrated the month in your classroom, you still have a week left!

The month-long celebration begins September 15 to coincide with the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

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Hispanics have become the largest minority group in the U.S., and that growth is reflected in America’s public schools. Fifty million students attend public schools. About 20 percent of public school students—10 million children—are Hispanics. Moreover, according to the U.S. Census, one out of every four kindergarten students in the U.S. today is Latino.

Do you have other ideas for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month?  If so, please share with your colleagues by leaving a comment.

CEA Delegates Join Colleagues From Around the U.S. at 2010 NEA RA

NEA-Retired held its annual meeting Monday at the 2010 NEA RA in New Orleans.

CEA delegates recently joined their colleagues from around the country in New Orleans for the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly (NEA RA).  The NEA RA is the highest decision-making body within the over 3.2 million-member NEA.  With over 9,000 delegates, the RA is also the world’s largest democratic deliberative body.

A different city is chosen to host the NEA RA every year, and this year delegates will be in New Orleans until July 6.  NEA RA delegates debate the vital issues that impact U.S. public education and set Association policy and activities for the year ahead.

Earlier this year, CEA members elected their peers to represent their concerns as delegates to the NEA RA.   Delegates represent state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the NEA membership.

To stay up-to-date on the most recent news from the NEA RA check out the RA Tod@y Blog 2010 or RA Today articles.

NEA Sponsoring Competition for Jobs Bill Supporters

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.

ESEA Blueprint Proposal Disappointing

On  Saturday the Obama administration announced the release of its blueprint for reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Read the blueprint and find more information from the Department of Education here.

“We’re surprised that the Obama administration’s first attempt to rectify the problems in NCLB appears so inadequate.  For starters, there’s no serious proposal to involve parents in their children’s education,” said CEA Executive Director John Yrchik.

“Instead of inspiring citizens, this proposal raises concerns.  Student need has always played a significant role in delivering federal dollars to local communities.  With the proposal, however, the Administration seems intent on turning its back on some students’ needs by insisting on competition on an unprecedented level.  When it comes to children, the Administration should not be setting some of them up to be financial losers.”

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel testified today before the House Appropriations Committee.  He raised an alarm over the big jump in competitive grants in the Obama administration’s proposed education budget, saying it could compound the economic squeeze in many school districts.

On the plus side, he said, the Obama budget calls for increased overall funding. But “those increases would not reach all students, districts, and states.”

Find out more about ESEA reform from NEA here.

Classroom Resources for Thanksgiving

Students dressed up for Thanksgiving

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.

From NEA:

Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom: Interdisciplinary lesson plans, activity ideas and other curriculum resources.

From Education World:

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.

Creative Commons image by eckerput.

It’s Banned Books WeeK

Banned Books WeekSeptember 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.

President Obama to Speak Directly to Students

by Pete Souza, official White House photographer

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 – – 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.

CEA Members Learn More About CEA/NEA

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

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.