School Employee Sacrifices

This month’s radio program will examine the sacrifices that MEA members statewide have made to help balance budgets in their local school districts. Education employees are often criticized for not doing their part — and this show will highlight the many ways teachers and educational support professionals have given back and taken concessions so that students can continue to get a good education. Tune in to WJR Newstalk 760 AM at 7 p.m. tonight and the program airs statewide on Saturday.

What sacrifices have you and your colleagues made in your school district? Please share your stories.

Sure, we can teach them to read, but how do we get them to LOVE it?

Are the students in your life bibliophibians or bibliophobians? Do they read because they have to or because they love to? February’s “Voices of Michigan Education” tackles all things reading related–from helpful new resources for struggling readers (remember The Electric Company? They’re all new, and they’re on our show) to what to do to keep older readers engaged and interested in trying new genres to an old-fashioned bookmobile that has today’s students pumped.

But I want to know from you–what do you do to help foster a real love of reading? How do we make kids lifelong readers? Share your tips and tricks–and listen to us talk about them on WJR NewsTalk 760 on February 9th at 7 p.m. We can all learn something along the way!

Response on how much is spent on school supplies

The Michigan Education Association conducts a poll each week on its Web site. Last week’s poll saw 409 votes around the question: How much money do you spend out-of-pocket each year to buy classroom supplies or items for your students? The results of the poll were:

12.2% – $250 or less
38.9% – Between $250 and $500
48.9% – More than $500

The fact that almost half of the respondents spend over $500 reflects the comments made on the Michigan Education Association’s Facebook page and on this blog earlier this month. Thanks for all your responses.

In case you missed it, the podcast of the last radio show “Who’s Paying for School Supplies?” is now available here. Listen and let us know what you think.

How much did this school employee spend on books?

The August Voices of Michigan Education radio program, which airs Saturday across the Michigan Radio Network (see stations listed to the right) asks the question: “Who is paying for school supplies?” Connie Boylan, a Library Media Parapro from Traverse City Area Public Schools, tells her story in this YouTube video.