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Summer Break is no Vacation for Teachers

By Dan Greenberg, Sylvania Education Association It’s not a shock that, as a student, one of my favorite days of school was the last one of the year.  I remember the last day of my sophomore year, leaving school in …

Teachers as Parents: A Unique Perspective

By Tricia Ebner, Lake Local Education Association Some in our society dispute the adage that “It takes a village to raise a child.” As a public educator, I had some sense of what the saying means, but once I became …

In Appreciation of Colleagues

By Julie Rine, Minerva Education Association I’m not sure why I didn’t watch The West Wing when it originally aired, but thanks to the magic of Netflix, I can immerse myself in the politics of a kinder, gentler time. In …

Spring Break 2017: Where the Legislators Are

If I’m being completely honest, I was only half-joking when I asked friends to have bail money ready for Spring Break, and it wasn’t because I was going to relive my college spring breaks in Daytona Beach. I was attending …

Please Take This Brief Survey On High School Graduation Requirements

The current high school class of 2018 (this year’s juniors) are subject to new graduation requirements. Left unchanged, these new requirements could very well lead to a dramatic decrease in the high school graduation rate, especially in high poverty areas …

Gradual Gratitude – Emerging from Post-Election Trauma

I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t think. I hurt, all over. I couldn’t put two words together and the idea of ever being able to write about it seemed impossible. I eventually realized that what I am feeling is indeed grief. I am mourning the loss of the idealistic image I had of our country, of what it could have been, what it should have been, and I am reeling from the injustice of it all.

The elephant and donkey in the room

By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association One of them is a football player for a small college, a former student of mine who sends me a Facebook message when he’s going to be home for a weekend to see …

We can use this election to inspire our students

Gina Daniels H.S. Social Studies Teacher Blacklick, Ohio Donald Trump proclaims that he is qualified to serve in the highest executive position in the land. But in this election season we have heard Trump refer to women as “fat pigs” …

State Superintendent DeMaria responds to a teacher's letter

Dear Julie: Thanks so much for your message. First, let me say, I hear you! I sympathize with your frustration and am deeply saddened that we find ourselves in a state where teachers are demoralized and feeling demeaned. Your third …

They Weren’t Here When the World Stopped Turning

The events of September 11th can easily be used to teach many common core standards, at least at the high school level. But that’s not why I teach it. For the freshmen who were in my class that day, I am a part of their memories of September 11th, as they are of mine. But the freshmen who are in my classes today have no memory of 9/11; they were not even born yet. We can’t teach our students to feel what we feel when we remember that day, but we can teach them about the beauty of the flags flying on nearly every house for weeks afterward.

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