I hope you are getting messages about #RedforEd on April 17thSign up NOW and spread the word!
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The MEA Board of Directors met on March 30-31.
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If you do it right now, you can still register for the MEA Quality Schools Summit that is happening this Saturday, April 6th! To register, go to:  https://maineea.org/conferences_trainings/  but do it now or you’ll miss it!

The documentary “The Kids We Lose” is about children with behavioral challenges and the struggles the adults in their lives face.  There are viewings in Maine! 
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Registration for the 2019 NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice opened on April 1st. For information go to:  http://www.nea.org/grants/JointConference.html

The deadline for both the MEA My Hero Works at School Contest and the MEA Magazine Art Cover Contest is April 22nd.  Encourage your students to participate!  Learn more about the contests.


Screen-Free Week and Children’s Book Week are April 29th to May 5th.
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MEA will be a sponsor of the 17th Walk for Autism held on April 28th in five locations:  Bangor, Biddeford, Portland, Farmington and Fryeburg.  You can help… 
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MEA will again be participating in Pride Parades in June!  Join one in Portland, Bangor, or Belfast—or all three! 
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Do you have members retiring this spring?  Be sure to invite them to join MEA-Retired—it’s easy! 

Help our members stay connected with MEA and with colleagues!  Perhaps your local could consider giving your retirees the gift of a year’s membership to get them started!

Share this membership form and for more information: https://maineea.org/mea-retired/


An opportunity for students:  the Juneau Icefield Research Program

At their March meeting, the MEA Board heard a presentation by UMO Professor Seth Campbell about this program.  Professor Campbell is a former student of Ken Williams, Board of Director for District E.  Check out the video on the website and share the information with your students!  http://juneauicefield.org/     
Have you heard of Alice’s Kids, a non-profit that provides assistance to children in need? For more information, go to:   http://aliceskids.org/

Educators across the country are facing the same challenges.  Check out a report by the Oregon Education Association, “A Crisis of Disrupted Learning”. 
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MEA members recently attended the NEA ESP Conference and the NEA Leadership Summit to continue to develop their leadership skills. 
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Have you heard about the Women in Military Service for America Memorial
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Local delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly need to get their forms turned in to MEA now!  MEA has to file the information by April 10th.  Please get the forms to Terry Gordon at tgordon@maineea.org right away!

Is your local going to be represented at the MEA Representative Assembly next month? There is still time for local associations to have elections for delegates to the MEA Representative Assembly!  The president of the local association needs to submit the certificate of election to MEA.  For this form, go to:  https://bit.ly/2uHrHnd

For the updated list of vacancies, go to: https://bit.ly/2WHXTCU

Remember, membership is year-long—and so are membership drives!  Help continue to grow the MEA by talking to colleagues about why you belong!  Need an enrollment form?  Here you go:  https://bit.ly/2ODQZvD