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Opportunities for Members

Often outside agencies contact NEARI with programs and activities for members. They are listed here for your information. However, these are not screened, endorsed or sponsored by the Association, and NEARI will not be held responsible for the quality of the products or delivery of the services.

What it means to be ESP

In this year of the whole child, no one embraces the concept more than our education support members. The newly-released NEA e-pub for ESP members shares their stories and strategies. View it on your desktop, or download a pdf copy here.

NEA Academy highlights ESP programs

The NEA Academy offers a wide range of content geared toward ESP members - content such as classroom management, student achievement, health and safety, and much more. See the details here.

Professional development with a personal touch

NEA provides members with an online service tailored to their every professional need. Teachers and support professionals can find career advice, online degree programs and much more at the NEA Academy. Sample program:

Teacher Support Tool 
The NEA Academy and Learning Bridges, a provider of research-based, online professional development programs, are now offering NEA members a new tool designed to increase teacher effectiveness and improve student outcomes.

The Teacher Support Tool comprises five powerful resources drawn from the Learning Bridges system: 
1. Instructional Strategies: Research-based instructional strategies organized by grade level standards and Common Core State Standards. 
2. Lesson Plans: Teachers can review and choose from proven, high-quality lesson plans for grades K-8 in a variety of subjects. 
3. Parent Activities: Ideas for engaging parents in their child’s learning—available in English and Spanish. 
4. Professional Development: Unlimited access to just-in-time learning on instructional strategies and teaching standards. 
5. Online Community: A national online learning community allows teachers to ask and answer questions in an online forum.

NEA members can subscribe to the Teacher Support Tool for only $95 per year (a savings of 40%) and get unlimited access to professional development courses along with an online community for collaboration. For more information and the special NEA offer, visit Learning Bridges.

Free resources to engage and excite students

Verizon Thinkfinity is the place to turn for free online resources that today’s teachers and students love. No where else will you find so many outstanding materials for teaching and learning - lesson plans, student interactives, worksheets, podcasts, and more – all created by leading educational organizations. To help teachers kick-off the year, Thinkfinity has launched a back to school mini-site packed with suggested resources for all those key components that help set the tone for a successful school year: tools to support innovative uses of technology by students; tried and true cross-curricular lessons and activities; resources to help build community in the classroom; and professional development opportunities. And it’s all free!  

New websites from the U.S. Energy Information Administration

 Energy Kids is EIA’s redesigned energy education website for kids, parents, and teachers, featuring more than 100 pages of fun and educational content. Target audience – elementary and middle school students and teachers.
Energy Explained is EIA’s new energy education website geared toward older students and adults. It provides the most comprehensive energy literacy resource available from the U.S. government.

Helping Students Become Financially Savvy

The Practical Money Skills website is a year-round free classroom resource. Click on "For Educators" on the top banner to find a wealth of financial literacy curriculum for students of all ages. The home page's "Innovative Educator" column recognizes a financial literacy champion nominated by educators like you. Debbie Brewster from Wisconsin's DeForest Area School District is currently featured for her school's "Reality Day," which each May teaches seniors life lessons about finances and careers.

Amazing Members - Shannon Donovan
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