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March 2018

To say this past month has been rough for teachers and school personnel would be an understatement. With school violence and tragedy, the statewide strike in West Virginia as well as the everyday challenges, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed or even discouraged. Plenty of us could probably use A Cure for Bad-News Fatigue, and educators on social media have used hashtags to lift spirits and shine a light on the joys of teaching. The hashtag #teachersget2 highlights some of the best parts of being a teacher, and thousands of educators are using the hashtag #ArmMeWith to reject plans to arm educators and show what policymakers could focus on for schools.

If you and your colleagues are looking for ways to combat this stress, then our Strategies for Student Success (SSS) module on Handling Stress is for you. Learn more by clicking here.

Below is information about AFT’s summer professional learning opportunity.

If you’re a local leader looking to renew and revive your members’ love of teaching while networking with other dedicated educators, then apply to AFT’s Summer Educator Academy (SEA) 2018. This eight-day academy will be held July 19-27 in Linthicum Heights, Md. SEA provides union-sponsored, research-based professional development that addresses the complexities of teaching and is designed to help local unions build their capacity to deliver high-quality professional development services to all educators—teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel. Local leaders who are interested in sending educators to become professional development trainers should complete a brief application that outlines the requirements and expectations for Summer Educator Academy 2018. Click here for details and to complete the application process. The application deadline is Friday, March 23 and must be completed by local leaders.


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Sign up for three days of free webinars hosted by Share My Lesson, filled with "use-right-now" strategies and tools for teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, parents and community members. With 30+ sessions, you and your colleagues are sure to find topics of interest. Each webinar is eligible for one hour of recertification credit, per your district’s approval, so you may want to check with your school district prior to the webinar.

Core Advocates Webinar: Supporting English Language Learners with College- and Career-Ready Content, Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. EDT
College- and career-ready standards are for all students, but how do we help our English language learners access grade-level, CCR-aligned content when they are still acquiring English language skills? This webinar will introduce key research behind best practices for supporting ELLs, preview some of the new adaptations being integrated into Achieve the Core resources, and spotlight some of the reflections of Core advocates who worked firsthand with the newly adapted resources.


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