Moving forward to help our families

CEA’s Social and Economic Justice Committee is beginning to reach out to the greater community to make life better for our families. The Committee selected two focus areas of its Community in Crisis Action Plan: persuading lawmakers to require some level of paid sick leave for working people, especially low-wage earners; and exploring ways to transform school buildings from school day-only environments to Community Learning Centers with extended hours.

The main goal of the latter project is to offer an array of additional services for students, their families and others living in the surrounding neighborhoods. Meanwhile, a change in the sick leave regulations would help many families and our entire community to live healthier lives.

Participants are collecting information and signatures to advance these two projects. If you are interested in helping, please call CEA at 614-253-4731. Or join us at the next Economic and Social Justice Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. The location will be announced.



Evaluations carry too many sticks

Education Week summarizes two recent reports that said federal policymakers, in their regulation of teacher evaluation, have focused on “‘consequences’ before putting their emphasis on professional development, which had the effect of alienating teachers and making it harder for them to buy into the reforms,” while suggesting “that the new evaluation systems either hold a lot of promise.” Read more.

Lower stress means better instruction

Education Week reported that a recent study from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education concludes that “mindfulness-based interventions and stress-reducing strategies can lead to improvements not only in teachers’ social and emotional well-being but also in instructional climate and student engagement.” The study “is based on a classroom model theory positing that teachers’ well-being promotes better teacher-student relationships, effective classroom management skills, and effective social-emotional learning.”