January was busy and we aren’t slowing down yet!

We have proven that 2019 is going to be the year where we no longer allow public education to be ignored! We are standing up in our states, our communities, our schools, and in our classrooms to do what is right for the one thing that we all have as a common value – the protection of our students.

With so much going on this month it seemed a little hard to find a focus and a common overall theme – until you think about something we have been demanding that helps our students, the need for more school counselors and access to mental health services.

We know that trauma is a major impact on the education of youth…and it’s time to address it. This month we will have a conversational these around this and increasing school counselors as well as decreasing class size. Moving right into the next month to show the areas where the some of the blame for this trauma can be placed.

This all connects to the collective union power that we have seen building as we stand up to fight for the schools that our students deserve.

Focus #1 – Students, Families, & Communities: How trauma of immigration and detention affects our students and families

Focus #2 – Racial & Social Justice in Schools – Counselors, not cops

Focus #3 – Our Health & Wellness, Our Profession, Our Co-workers – support the professionals who help community members

Focus #4 – Education policy & Legislation – Increase School Counselors & Decrease Class Size

How you can get involved: 
Black Lives Matter at School National Week of Action
Submit work for the student challenge at bit.ly/blmweeksubmit
Wear your shirt and post on social media
Sign the petition: https://blacklivesmatteratschool.com/petition/
Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/black-lives-matter-week-of-action-…

Teachers Against Child Detention
Share updates: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersAgainstChildDetention/
Plan a watch party for the Teach-In for Freedom: https://www.facebook.com/events/951490148308485/
Donate: https://www.cognitoforms.com/…/TeachersAgainstChildDetention

View the trailer for “Personal Statement” https://www.facebook.com/personalstatementthefilm/

Learn more about the work that Educators for Migrant Justice has been doing and start researching your own state pension investments https://www.facebook.com/Educators4MigrantJustice/

Sign up for the NEA BAT Caucus and start getting ready for the 2019 Representative Assembly https://sites.google.com/view/neabatcaucus/home

Dates to Remember: 
Feb 4-8 Black Lives Matter at School National Week of Action
Feb 4-8 National School Counselor Week
Feb 14th Parkland anniversary
Feb 15th National wear #Red4Ed day – solidarity with OEA
Feb 17th – Teach-In for Freedom
Feb 18th – Nevada #Red4Ed Rallyhttps://www.facebook.com/events/366062727541795/
Feb 18th – Oregon March for Our Students https://www.facebook.com/events/2498930073455337/

Remember… When we fight, We WIN!

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