It’s smart to include us in your battles – we are secret weapons and a key ingredient!” McGuire-Grigg also emphasized how ESPs are a part of the fight against toxic testing and institutional racism, and asked teachers to join their fight against the threats of privatization, saying the work of ESPs is constantly under threat because our jobs are being targeted by private corporations who put profits before students. “Would an outside contractor know to put an extra scoop of vegetables on the tray of a student that doesn’t know where or when his next meal is coming from,” asked McGuire-Grigg. “Would an outside contractor stay after school to fill backpacks full of food for students to eat over the weekend? Would an outsider comfort a crying student and walk them to the office?” She added, “We need teachers to be our secret weapons. But any national campaign to create great schools for every student, she added, will only succeed with the strong voices of educators. “I’m with you,” Clinton declared to enthusiastic applause. “I have this old-fashioned idea that we should listen to the teachers and the support professionals who are with our kids every day.” In introducing the presumptive 2016 Democratic nominee, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García described her as someone who has “always spoken truth to power, but it’s the action she’s known for” – on issues, ranging from universal health care to institutional racism. “And she is someone who sees a student as a whole child, not a test score,” Eskelsen García said. Recognize the importance of high-quality educators by attracting and keeping quality teachers in high-poverty classrooms. Video: ESP of the Year Doreen McGuire-Grigg Addresses the 2016 NEA Representative Assembly We must do better, Clinton said. “I feel passionately about this because I’m the product of great public schools – and great teachers…So let’s keep working for better schools, more resources, more support for educators.” I’m asking you – and educators across the country – to work with me.
Clinton also said it was an outrage that Education Support Professionals continue to struggle to provide for their own families. “And supporting educators means supporting unions,” she continued. “Unions helped create the strongest middle homework market class in the history of the world. In addition, among the world’s 35 wealthiest countries, the United States is second only to Romania in child poverty rates. I have this old-fashioned idea that we should listen to our educators – the teachers and the support professionals who are with our kids every day.” Lifting up educators will be central to Clinton’s plans for public education if she is elected in November. Approximately, 2.8 million school support staff work in the nation’s public school systems, with more than 75 percent working at the K-12 level. By contrast, all of the 100 Best Companies offer paid maternity leave, lactation rooms, flextime, mental health consultations and elder-care resources; and 98 percent offer health screening and wellness programs.
The report criticizes several education policies, such as test-based accountability systems and using students’ scores on standardized tests in teacher evaluations, as doing little to help close income-related achievement gaps. The ETS report also tracks the relationship between household incomes and SAT critical reading scores for seniors in 2012, data that demonstrates a strong relationship between the two measures. Similar results were seen in eighth grade, where students eligible for free lunch scored 25 points lower. You’re fighting for your students, and families across the country.” In her speech, Clinton proudly contrasted her vision for public schools with that of her expected opponent, Donald Trump. Advise me, hold me accountable. You’re fighting for your students, and families across the country.” Hillary Clinton and NEA President Lily Eskelsen GarcÌa at the NEA Representative Assembly on July 5 (Scott Iskowitz/NEA) Supporting teachers also requires a shift away from teaching to the test to the original purpose of assessing students – to provide valuable information to teachers and parents to help their students and children truly learn. So many kids have the weight of the world on their little shoulders.” Clinton championed community schools – public schools as community hubs, offering services and programs beyond the school day, and creating strong learning cultures The bottom line, she said, is that every child in the United States should have access to all the resources available to wealthy children, whether it’s access to great teachers, extracurricular activities, or counseling services.
Focusing on 21st Century learning and strengthening the teacher profession can only get us so far, however, if we continue to ignore what goes on in students’ lives outside school walls. She advocated for the inclusion of ESPs, and underscored the value ESPs bring to other educators and students. “It is an honor for me to stand here today, representing incredible education support professionals from around the United States,” said McGuire-Grigg, who told the roaring crowd that ESPs are often the bridge between schools and communities. “…And as such, we are often a school community’s secret weapon. Hillary Clinton greets the NEA Representative Assembly on July 5, 2016. (Photo: Scott Iskowitz/NEA) In a rousing and passionate address to the National Education Association Representative Assembly on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton said the nation needs to give our schools more “TLC “- teaching, learning, and community, the three pillars of her vision to strengthen public education. Increase awareness of the incidence of poverty and its consequences. She derided the presumptive GOP nominee’s plan to eliminate the Department of Education and slash funding for critical programs – from pre-k to Pell Grants – that serve low-income students. “[Trump] has said that America spends too much on education.
By Christiana Campos Working Mother magazine has named the National Education Association one of its 100 best companies for family-friendly benefits. We see the whole child, we notice their victories and their challenges.” The veteran paraeducator recognized several of her peers: a dropout coordinator from Arizona, who works to keep students in school by connecting them to college aid; a substitute teacher coordinator from Georgia, who mentors students and connects at-risk youth to volunteer opportunities; and a Wisconsin bus driver, who started a book sharing program on his bus that has since spread to the entire district’s busses. We are more than partners, we are problem solvers. Of the children in poverty, 4 percent – or 2.8 million children – are living in extreme poverty, classified as living on $2 or less of income per person per day in a given month. In her RA speech on Tuesday, she announced plans to launch a national campaign to elevate the profession that will spotlight the importance of career-long professional development, higher salaries for teachers and education support professionals (“no educator should take on second and third jobs just to get by,” she told the delegates), and relief for crippling student debt.
More than 58 percent of NEA’s workforce of roughly 500 employees at its Washington, D.C. headquarters is female. You see students coming to school hungry, or exhausted from a long night at a shelter. Twenty-two percent of American children live at or below the poverty line. Achievement gaps have continued to grow as the gulf between the richest and the poorest American families has widened, according to the report “Poverty and Education: Finding the Way Forward.” ETS is a nonprofit that develops, administers and scores tests and conducts educational research, analysis and policy studies. We need your stories, your passion and your numbers. Fourth-graders who were eligible for free lunch scored 29 points lower than those not eligible.
The scant attention paid to the devastating impact of poverty, Clinton said, is unsustainable. “That’s on all of us. Adopt school practices proven to be effective such as reducing class sizes, longer school days and years and tutoring. McGuire-Grigg also highlighted Massachusetts’s Nancy Burke, a special education paraeducator, who engaged her students and pulled the entire school community together to create an outdoor learning garden designed especially for students with disabilities. “Some of Nancy’s students have limited mobility and some have severe disabilities that keep them from speaking or learning to read,” explained McGuire-Grigg. “Many come from families living in poverty. Coley, executive director of the Center for Research on Human Capital and Education and Bruce Baker, a professor at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, authored the report. “While education has been envisioned as the great equalizer, this promise has been more myth than reality,” says Baker. “Not only is the achievement gap between the poor and the non-poor twice as large as the achievement gap between black and white students, but tracked differences in the cognitive performances of students in every age group show substantial differences by income or poverty status.” The report spotlights an analysis of the average 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress reading scores for students in the fourth and eighth grades. You’re not just fighting for your members.
Improve the measurement of poverty by including government spending directed at low-income families and recognize the cost-of-living differences across regions. Equitably and adequately fund schools through better coordination of federal and state education programs. If less time is spent on test prep, then schools can devote more time and resources on “educating our children for the future, not the past,” which must be the focal point of student learning moving forward, Clinton said. Currently, 70 percent of mothers work and women outnumbering men in the workplace for the first time in U.S. history. “The immense influx of women into the workforce demanded changes in workplace culture as companies strove to keep working moms’ talent and loyalty,” said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. “Today, we celebrate our winners’ untiring commitment to their employees through an impressive array of programs.” “We demonstrate our appreciation for the sacrifices and contributions our employees make, in part, by working collaboratively with them to ensure benefits and work/life balance options that respond to their varied needs and concerns as a diverse group,” NEA Executive Director John Wilson said. Broaden access to high-quality preschool education. If you see us picketing to fight outsourcing or for a living wage, pick up a sign and join the line.” The paraeducator closed with an inspiring message: “Amazing things can happen when education support professionals are treated as equals—as partners and allies in student success. The annual award is NEA’s highest for an ESP.
Her father was a teacher and administrator with the Lakeport Unified School District for more than 35 years. “Even if they’re already members, asking or including an ESP can make all the difference not only to an educator who sometimes feels invisible, but to the students we all serve. And this means getting our schools up to speed on computer science and digital technologies, including greater access to broadband. “We’ll work to close the ‘homework gap,’ so that students have the broadband access they need at school and at home. You’re not just fighting for your members. ETS instead offers seven strategies to reduce the influence poverty has on education in areas it thinks are within the purview of policymakers. Just 44 percent of American companies offer telecommuting (versus 100 percent of the 100 Best), 17 percent offer formal mentoring (versus 95 percent), and 37 percent offer health insurance for part-timers (versus 100 percent). We are more than partners, we are problem solvers.
Clinton told the 7,000 delegates gathered in the Washington Convention Center that it was time to discard the “education wars” that have polluted the national debate over education in state legislatures and media outlets across the country. “There is no time for finger pointing, or arguing over who cares about kids more,” Clinton said. “It’s time to set one table and sit around it together – all of us – so we can work together to do what’s best for America’s children.” And that table, Clinton promised, will have always have a seat for educators. We are the secret weapons.” As ESP of the Year, McGuire-Grigg will represent NEA and other ESP at national education conferences, media events, and other community occasions. We are an untapped resource and we are here to support the whole student, the whole school and the whole community. The federal poverty rate for a family of four is $23,021, and this does not take into account differences in the cost-of-living across regions. While the Working Mother 100 Best Companies continue expanding their benefits, those at companies nationwide lag. NEA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of paid health and dental insurance options; paid maternity and parental leave for newborns and newly adopted children; up to five days each year for parents and grandparents to participate in a child’s school activities; back-up childcare; telecommuting; and flexible work schedules. Seniors with a family income of less than $20,000 scored about 80 points lower than those with a household income between $80,000- $100,000.
Richard J. Amazing things can happen when education support professionals are treated as equals—as partners and allies in student success. And we’ll use all the tools at our disposal, including technology, to give our children an education that meets the times we’re living in,” Clinton said. He shouldn’t have anything to do with our children’s education.” Such an agenda dismantles public education’s historic and indispensable role in giving every child a chance to live up to his or her potential. Reduce ethnic and economic segregation and isolation. Unions helped create the strongest middle class in the history of the world. Most had never even seen or been in a garden before.” She referred to her peers as “secret weapons,” people who change lives, bring communities together, and support student success, and encouraged her colleagues to include ESPs in their next union meeting or event. “Ask an ESP to join you,” said McGuire-Grigg, who grew up in the same community where she now works. And keep advocating for your students and profession.” Video: Hillary Clinton’s Address to the 2016 NEA Representative Assembly More than one in five children in the United States live in poverty, and a new report by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) documents the devastating effect this crisis has on educational achievement.
He would leave our most vulnerable students to fend for themselves.