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Message from the President

I write this message as my first as your President.  I write this message entering my 30th year in teaching and my 25th in Meriden. The more time I spend in education, the more I realize how hard this job has become. The opportunity to refuel is a key component to doing great work in schools. I hope summer provided that….fuel!

 

Teaching is one of those rare professions where you get a clean slate every year. That always brings new hope and endless possibility. After all my years, I am still full of hope and love for the profession and CHILDREN.   At the end of the day what is most important is what happens in the classroom and with students. Your voice and experience and your students' voices and experiences are indeed most important and I want to honor that.

  

I know not every day will be awesome… we work with kids. They are much like us only at the beginning of their learning journey. It's our wisdom and care that they need. Most days you leave work with that smile on your face knowing you made a difference. My dream this year is that you and your students' think of school as place where communities of learners gather do interesting work that matters. With that said, I'm excited to hear your stories so please share them. In turn, I'm going to share your stories with anyone and everyone who will listen. 

 

So go help kids to learn, smile, and belong.

Try new things.

Share what you're learning.

Ask for help.

It begins now.

Go be awesome.

 

Lauren

 

 

Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

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Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

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‘Back to school’ like never before

In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.

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Looking for change?

Remember, you have five (5) days to notify Central Office for any internal job posting. You should check HERE frequently.

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