NEA’s Lily Eskelsen García Talks Racial Justice, COVID Layoffs, and Leaving Office – Teaching Now

Lily Eskelsen García, a former Utah Teacher of the Year who got her start in schools as a lunch lady, will soon step down as president of the National Education Association.

Eskelsen García, age 65, has been at the helm of the nation’s largest labor union for six years now—during which she has overseen the appointment of an education secretary who has frequently clashed with teachers’ unions, a historic wave of teacher activism, a U.S. Supreme Court blow to unions, and now a global pandemic that has changed how schools operate.

When she first took office in 2014, her

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Kids Don’t Just Need Diverse Books … They Need Diverse Authors

Even the most cursory inventory of U.S. children’s literature reveals a lack of diversity in book characters (it’s a whole lot of boys and dogs—just ask Marley Dias.) There’s been a commendable effort to provide students with windows and mirrors by increasing the number of books with diverse main characters in classrooms and school libraries. But it’s not enough—kids need access to diverse books by diverse authors.

The term #OwnVoices was coined by writer Corinne Duyvis to refer to books by authors from marginalized or under-represented groups writing from their own perspectives. (Think: The Hate U Give

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10 Ways Kids Can Still Participate in Summer Camp at Home

Many families are finding themselves unable to send children to summer camp this summer. Whether they are still under quarantine or the camps haven’t opened due to regulations, it’s looking a lot like a summer spent at home. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the benefits and fun of summer camp! Here are ten ways kids can still live their best summer camp life … at home.

1. Have a Scavenger Hunt

Gather together a list of items and send your kids on a scavenger hunt! Whether indoors or out, they will definitely have fun

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As Schools Plan for Reopening, Worried Teachers Say They Have More Questions Than Answers – Teaching Now

Across the country, schools are planning a return to at least some in-person instruction in the fall—but teachers say they still have many unanswered questions about how it will all work. 

If a teacher is exposed to someone with COVID-19, will they have to use their sick days to self-quarantine for two weeks? What extra responsibilities will teachers be tasked with to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the classroom? What accommodations will be made for teachers who are high-risk, or who live with a high-risk person? Will they be guaranteed their jobs if they opt to teach remotely?

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