Teachers Unions

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We had a Grab all planned out for today about supporting those awesome teachers on strike in West Virginia but they had the nerve to receive their demands and are going back to class! So the first part of your DGB for today is to give a shout out to the #55strong on Facebook or Twitter and show the world that solidarity WORKS!

The next part of today’s Grab is getting you ready to support the next teachers’ strike because we hope that this is just the beginning. (There are already rumblings coming out of Oklahoma.) The National Education Association, the teachers union that includes professional educators starting at preschool and going up through university, has some resources for you to peruse and prepare for the discussions, debates and deliberations that a local teachers’ strike will entail. Starting with a Fact Sheet that will help dispel myths and misinformation, there are several informational resources posted on their Union Rights page and we hope you will go and read up.

The teachers in West Virginia did not win this deal without the support of their community so please be ready to grab back and support the teachers in your own.


Teacher Appreciation Day

Your DGB for today is to show a teacher some appreciation.

It’s Teacher Appreciation week all week long, but today, May 9th, is a day specifically dedicated to the educators who have impacted our lives. Teachers have the ability to shape the lives of our future generations. Not only do teachers educate, but teachers also help develop a passion for learning, direct career paths, and provide support, encouragement, counsel, and often protection for our most vulnerable. With the very real risk to education with 45’s appointment of Betsy DeVos, now more than ever, we need to show teachers we have their backs.

We are in no way trying to give you Pinterest worthy ideas, but we are offering you a gentle reminder that you should get in on this supporting of those who educate our youth. One quick and easy project is to get your children to write some thank you notes to their favorite teachers, then pick a dandelion or grab an apple to go with it, and DONE! The sentiment is there, the craft is free, and you’ve earned yourself some parenting brownie points. Support teachers because in times like these, we need education and a good support system more than ever.