WEA Academy course focuses on the Science of Happiness

Join your colleagues across the state for this blended learning opportunity examining the science of happiness. This unique course focuses on character strengths, positive emotion, resilience, purpose, positive relationships, and creativity. When educators model qualities of compassion, gratitude and mindfulness, and integrate them into lesson plans, we increase students’ joy and engagement while contributing to a healthy classroom environment.

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WEA Academy new virtual book study: Teaching for Black Lives

The WEA Academy is sponsoring a December-January virtual book study on Teaching for Black Lives, facilitated by Restorative Practices expert, Chauna Perry-Finch. As educators, we are compelled to have courageous and honest dialogues about race. Racism is the result of a complex interplay of individual attitudes, collective social values, and institutional practices. When we begin to better understand these forces, examine our own beliefs and implicit biases, be reflective, transparent, and vulnerable there is movement forward to eradicate racism in our schools and in society.

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Deadline is February 14 for Kids to Parks Day National School Contest

The deadline to apply for the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is February 14, 2019! @NationalParkTrust’s contest is open to all Title I schools (40% of students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch) and school groups in the U.S. in grades preK through 12. The goal of the contest is to help educators engage students with their local parks through education, outdoor recreation, and stewardship.

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WEA Academy offers Degrees Not Debt course

Developed in partnership with WEA Member Benefits, the WEA Academy’s new course Degrees Not Debt has been designed to help those with educational loans better understand them and to learn strategies to help manage or reduce their debt. Through short videos, readings, and access to online resources, participants will become familiar with loan details and federal forgiveness programs. This is a free, self-paced course and is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal, financial, or tax advice.

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NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship is now accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship, a great opportunity for classroom teachers to develop their own global competence and bring the world to their students. The application is open to K-12 classroom teachers who want to gain the skills to prepare their students to thrive in our increasingly interconnected world.

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Publications help educators recognize and address children’s mental health issues

The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) has created publications designed to help educators recognize and address children’s mental health issues. The publications are: An Educator’s Guide to Children’s Mental Health, A Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellness, Children’s Mental Health Resource Guide, Children’s Mental Health Classroom Activities, and SuperMe: A Campaign to End Hurtful Teasing. To find out more about these publications and to order them online, go to: www.macmh.org/books.

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