Citizens Not Politicians aims to end gerrymandering in Ohio. Plus, OEA members' power to shape our state's future.
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
1w ago
Ohio's system for creating legislative districts is broken. When new maps are drawn every ten years, the party in power can manipulate the lines so they can hold onto their power by picking and choosing the voters they want to pack into their own districts, rather than letting Ohio's voters have a real voice in the statehouse or on Capitol Hill. It's time to change that. And the Citizens Not Politicians ballot initiative will change it by ending gerrymandering in Ohio once and for all, if it's approved by voters in the fall. As retired Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor and form ..read more
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Amplifying immigrant students’ voices. Plus, OEA celebrates diverse readers in East Cleveland.
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
3w ago
Westerville Education Association member Pablo Chignolli believes everyone has a story to tell. His story is shaped by his experiences after immigrating to the United States from Peru as a young adult. The hardship and discrimination he faced then led him on a journey to foster cultural awareness and inclusivity. Now, as a Spanish teacher at Westerville Central High School, he has teamed up with another teacher to help immigrant students in their school tell their own stories and find their own voices. Mr. Chignolli discusses their new book of memoirs powerful conversation with Ohio Schools ed ..read more
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Vouchers hurt educators' pensions. Plus, OEA support of the One Fair Wage campaign.
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
1M ago
As public employees, OEA members pay into - and count on - public pensions to provide an adequate retirement when they leave our public schools. But, as OEA Secretary-Treasurer Mark Hill explains, the explosion of vouchers using public tax dollars to pay for private school tuition in Ohio is creating a very concerning threat to the future sustainability of Ohio's public pension systems. We also hear from the campaign manager behind the ballot initiative to raise Ohio's minimum wage about the impact of that move on some Ohio educators and the families of the students that nearly all Ohio educat ..read more
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Erase the Space. Plus, meet OEA's NEA fellow.
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
1M ago
In Ohio, students learning in school districts that are separated by just a few miles may feel like they are living in separate worlds. But these students have far more in common with each other than they may think, and together, they can take on some of the toughest questions in our society. Olentangy Teachers Association member Derek Burtch explains how his non-profit organization Erase the Space is helping to facilitate those connections. We also hear from India Strother, a Columbus school counselor, who has spent this school year honing her connection-building skills, among many others, as ..read more
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Storytelling as an organizing tool. Plus, Sandy Smith Fischer for STRS.
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
2M ago
Our brains crave powerful narratives. Stories help us interpret new information and shape our understanding of the world. They can also motivate us into action. That's what makes storytelling such a powerful tool for organizing within a union. In this episode, Dr. Kevin Cordi and Katie Fuller continue to share their insights and their own stories to explain. Plus, we hear from the OEA endorsed STRS candidate Sandy Smith Fischer, who shares her story about what led her to run to represent active teachers on the State Teachers Retirment System board and how those experiences will shape her work ..read more
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When "That Kid" Becomes the Teacher: A neurodivergent educator's perspective. Plus, advocating for Developmentally Appropriate Practice in early childhood education
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
2M ago
Just about every educator has no doubt worked with "that kid." It's the student who can't sit still, who can't just focus, who seems to lash out when faced with even a minor perceived slight. Lindsay Rice was "that kid" and she knows all too well how challenging, and even sometimes traumatic, school can be for other "that kids" like her. But now, as a third grade teacher, Rice is working to share her experiences and perspectives to help other educators better support neurodiverse learners in their classes and to help bring other neurodiverse educators into the education profession.  We al ..read more
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5 things you didn't know about OASNP. Plus, MCTA's PD Day success.
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
3M ago
From its humble beginnings in a closet at an OEA Representative Assembly to its evolution into an important resource for all educators across Ohio, there's a lot you probably don't know about the Ohio Association of Special Needs Professionals, or OASNP. In this episode, OASNP leaders Jené Wilson and Nikki Nadasky offer five surprising facts about the organization within OEA. We also hear from Medina City Teachers Association President David Hamman about how that local was empowered to take the lead in its own professional development, and why this PD Day was such a success for the MCTA's 470 ..read more
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Educators serving as DNC delegates. Plus, fun opportunities to support the OEA Fund.
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
3M ago
Ohio's Primary Election Day is March 19, 2024, and across Ohio, voters will be deciding everything from primary races for state legislative seats to school levies. The presidential primary, though, is usually what makes the headlines. And, at the upcoming Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention, the parties' nominations for the US presidential race are usually what gets the spotlight. But as two educators who have been longtime DNC delegates tell us, their role as delegates at the national convention is much more than that. Plus, OEA Vice President Jeff Wensing gives ..read more
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NPE report gives Ohio failing grade on state's support for public education. Plus, OEA members talk banned books.
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
4M ago
The General Assembly's recent track record on public education issues - including efforts to attack honest education, create universal voucher schemes, and remove accountability measures for the state's charter schools - have earned Ohio a dubious distinction: We are near the bottom of the list of states when it comes to support for public schools. In fact, a new report from the national Network for Public Education gives Ohio an F. We hear from the Network for Public Education Action executive director about what led to Ohio's grade and why Ohio's charter schools should be raising big flags f ..read more
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See Educators Run. Plus, OEA's continued fight against SB 83.
Education Matters
by Ohio Education Association
4M ago
Educators need to have a seat at the table when policy decisions are being made, whether that's in their local community or in our statehouse in Columbus. But, for many educators considering a run for public office, it may be difficult to know where to begin. That's where NEA's See Educators Run program comes in. On this episode of the podcast, we hear from Orange Teachers Association member Ship Collins about what he's taking away from his time in the See Educators Run program, whether he ends up running for office or not. We also check in with OEA's Manager of Government Relations Dan Ramos ..read more
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