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Weekly News Round-Up for July 27th
posted by: Melissa | July 27, 2018, 03:10 pm   

Each week, ASTA brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, funding changes for New Mexico and New Jersey, a controversy over a wrestling teacher, and more!

 
Now’s the Time to Make Your Communication Plan!
posted by: Melissa | July 25, 2018, 02:25 pm   

If there is one thing that can make or break a school year, it’s how well a teacher manages to communicate with parents. A healthy, open line of communication can make parents your greatest ally and provide them with the tools they need to help their children succeed. When parents are asked what they want from their child’s teacher, inevitably better communication is one of the top responses – even when students are in high school!

 
An Open Letter to Arkansas Education Professionals: Teacher Freedom Now Rings Across Our Nation
posted by: Melissa | July 23, 2018, 02:10 pm   

The recent US Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME in favor of Mark Janus impacts education professionals across the nation. As the executive director of the non-union Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA), I am reaching out to you to start a discussion about what this means for public school educators. Before the ruling, millions of public school employees were required, yes required, to pay dues to a teacher union as a condition for employment.

 
Weekly News Round-Up for July 20th
posted by: Melissa | July 20, 2018, 12:20 pm   

Each week, ASTA brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, teachers raise money for the classroom, Target helps out, troubling findings about the safety of schools’ drinking water, and more!

 
Your Teacher Summer Reading List – 2018
posted by: Melissa | July 17, 2018, 03:11 pm   

People who don’t teach, sometimes make snide comments about educators having the summer off. They have little understanding of the hectic pace of the school year and how little time there is for teachers to actually pause and reflect on their teaching techniques or explore new methods. In this whirlwind environment, the summer is a necessity. It allows teachers the time they need to catch their breath, do some personal reflection and assessment and find out what is new in the field of education. And for the teacher who is unsatisfied with the way they’ve been doing something – it’s the perfect time to change course  and try something new.

 
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