Healing and Change in the Aftermath of Tragedy

In the halls and classrooms of schools in Lewiston, Auburn and the surrounding communities where some families were locked down during school conferences that horrible day in October, children are now back to learning and staff are working through the process of how...

Winter Conference Lessons Learned

MEA hosted its annual Winter Conference in early December. Members gathered for a full day of free professional development, taking away many lessons on a variety of topics from Assertive Communication Strategies to Mentoring to Union Contract Guidance. If you...

Protecting Your Voice: Navigating Challenges in Today’s Classroom

As an educator, whether you like it or not, you are held to higher standards within the community. What you do or don’t say as an educator can have implications on your livelihood, even if you’re not on the job when you speak up. This is especially important as...

Teaching While Scared

Violent student outbursts are putting educators at risk. By: Brenda Álvarez, Senior Writer, NEA Today and Giovanna Bechard, MEA Communications DirectorFirst Appeared In NEA Today We put up with these working conditions and keep showing up "for the kids", but those...

Cook’s Corner – Best Practices in Mentoring

Maine teachers new to the profession are required to have a mentor for two years. Those new to a district are required to have a mentor for one year. While discussions surrounding teacher recruitment are essential, it is also important to understand how we best retain...

Chronic Absenteeism and What to Do About It

More than 1 in 4. 28.4% to be exact. That’s how many Maine students were chronically absent according to the Maine Department of Education’s most recent data. A student is defined as chronically absent if they are absent 10% or more of the days enrolled. That’s just...

MEA President’s Letter – Winter 2024

Writing the President’s Letter for this issue has been a struggle. October 25th will cast a long shadow over us for quite some time, even those of us less directly impacted by the tragic losses suffered by so many that day. Events taking place around the...

From MEA’s Executive Director – Winter 2024

What is the Right Thing? Is There One? Honestly, I am struggling. Struggling to find the right thing to say in this message. The unthinkable has happened in Maine, and at the same time, the holiday season is upon us. Is it appropriate to be joyful when others have...

“The stress and disappointments of teaching aren’t worth it.”

That’s the headline from a new RAND survey that highlights the top reason teachers cite when asked if they were very likely or somewhat likely to leave their jobs. While low pay is the second factor cited for why a teacher would leave the profession, dissatisfaction...

Books For the New Year

ELEMENTARY GRADE LEVEL MIDDLE GRADE LEVEL When Rubin PlaysBy: Gracey Zhang Rubin, an aspiring violinist, ventures into the forest to practice and is visited by creatures who appreciate his music as it is, helping him find his strength and voice. Simon Sort of SaysBy:...

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