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Small Moments of Joy: Can They Keep Teachers in the Classroom?

Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I came home from the first day of kindergarten and never once changed course. I don’t have a Plan B, so this realization that I might not have it in me to finish a career in teaching is particularly stressful

Doing Whatever It Takes: A Changed Perspective

Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | For many years of my career, “you do what you gotta do,” meant doing whatever it took to get my job done. Now, it means doing whatever I have to do to take care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally, and not letting my job or the stress that comes with it overtake the rest of my life.

To Vote or Not to Vote: Why Educators Need to Do More Than Help Students Register to Vote

Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | Many educators discuss the importance of voting with our students. But can we do more to alleviate their anxiety and fear of the unknown, to make them feel that their voice matters?

‘A’ is for Advocacy – Why We Must All Become Activist Educators

Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | During the past few months, Ohio’s teachers have found ways to creatively teach every content area while being separated physically from our students.

Taking Comfort in What We Know: Surviving as a Type A Teacher in Times of Uncertainty

Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | I’m a Type A teacher who thrives on planning. It’s difficult to plan when there are so many questions and so few answers. I can’t help but feel truly overwhelmed.

Conference Committee Testimony by Dan Heintz

Guest Blog By Dan Heintz, Chardon LSD/OEA | Dan provided the following testimony to the Conference Committee on EdChoice Vouchers

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Why Ohio’s Report Card System Is Failing to Make the Grade

Guest Blog By Julie Holderbaum, Minerva EA/OEA | Ohio’s taxpayers want our schools to produce flourishing young adults who will contribute in meaningful and healthy ways to our society, and they spend a lot of money to ensure that this happens.

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OEA Pres. DiMauro: Your Feedback on State Report Cards Needed

This week, I have an important ask for feedback to help guide us in our efforts to design a plan for a better state report card system. I also have information to share regarding the 21 days we have left before the 2019 election as well as updates on how we’re preparing for 2020.

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OEA Pres. Scott DiMauro: Local Presidents’ Handbook and Important Member Surveys

I’m excited to congratulate an OEA member who has been named the 2020 Ohio Teacher of the Year, summarize the work of members who came to Columbus last week as part of our All Committee Weekend, and provide a heads-up to all of you on a couple of important surveys we’re conducting with members.

OEA Pres. Scott DiMauro: Pledge to be an Education Voter

October 1, 2019 | VBlog By OEA President Scott DiMauro: Reflections on a new Ohio State University study on student learning, early opportunities to support pro-public education candidates from both parties in 2020 (including as convention delegates), pledging to be an Education Voter 20 2020, and a reminder on OEA-RA delegate election deadlines.

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