Ford Next Generation Learning Educator Townhalls
Jul 16, 2019
Town Halls to Offer Educators Opportunity to Engage in New Career Technical Education Program
The Arkansas Education Association and Little Rock Regional Chamber are partnering to offer Pulaski County Educators an opportunity to learn about an exciting new interdisciplinary approach to career technical education.
Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) mobilizes educators, local employers and community leaders to transform teaching and learning in high schools by creating and maintaining career-themed academies. This transformative process prepares students who will graduate from high school ready for college, careers, lifelong learning and leadership so they can compete successfully in the modern economy. Teachers in career academies work collaboratively, intertwining the academy’s career lens across core academics to deliver relevant learning with real-world experiences provided by local industry. The NGL framework is not a one-size-fits-all model, it requires local input and local customization. This transformation process requires significant and sustained input from community and school stakeholders, especially from teachers who are closest to the work.
Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District, Pulaski County Special School District and Jacksonville North Pulaski School District have signed up to participate in the program, but your expertise as educators is essential for success!
The partners are holding two Educator Town Halls in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center (1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock): July 24, from 5-7 PM and July 25, from 1-3 PM.
Educators can register to attend HERE for July 24th, or HERE for the 25th.
AEA President Carol Fleming Begins First Term
Jul 15, 2019
New Arkansas Education Association President
Carol Fleming Begins First Term
Carol B. Fleming officially begins her two year term as President of the Arkansas Education Association, July 15, after winning a statewide vote in May of this year. She succeeds Cathy Koehler, who will return to the Little Rock School District following two years as AEA President.
“I am humbled by the support of our members across Arkansas and honored to serve as President of AEA,” Fleming says. “Educators are the people working most closely with students every day. We are the experts in education, and I look forward to lifting our collective voice at the state level to ensure each student has the opportunity they deserve.”
Fleming, a speech language pathologist at Pulaski Heights Middle School, has spent the last 20 years working with students.
“I am coming to this new role straight out of the classroom, and have been living and breathing the issues facing Arkansas’s teachers,” she said. “I have a close working knowledge of what we must do to improve our students’ learning environments.”
The state of Arkansas is facing a teacher pipeline shortage, and Fleming plans to work together with local associations, the Arkansas Department of Education and school districts to provide mentorship and professional development opportunities for early career educators.
“We’re committed to work together to build strong public schools,” she said. “From the Education Department to the bus drivers, from district administration to classroom teachers and education support professionals, everyone’s goal must be to provide a quality education for each of our students.”
For years, Fleming has been an active and engaged member of the AEA at the local, state and national level. She has also served in her children’s Parent Teacher Associations when they were students in the Pulaski County Special School District and North Little Rock School District. Fleming and all of her children graduated from North Little Rock Public Schools.
Fleming has worked to ensure good public education policies at the local, state and national level. As a parent of an adult with special needs, she is reminded daily of the importance of advocating on behalf of the professions and those served which has fueled her passion for education, leadership, and professional issues. Her goal is to get others to become involved to support successful public schools.
Magic Springs Partnership
May 20, 2019
AEA members can save through a partnership with Magic Springs! AEA Members can receive up to 50% off the daily admission rate to the Hot Springs water park, as well as discounted season passes.
You can check out the park at this website, but be sure to buy your tickets at this link to access the discounted rates.
I Love Public Schools T-Shirt Order Yours Today!
May 9, 2019
Everyone loves the Fayetteville Education Association’s “I Love Public Schools,” and now the shirt is available for all AEA members! Thanks to Cameron Simpkins, VP of Fayetteville Education Association, for arranging this opportunity.
If you would like to pick up your shirt at AEA Headquarters in Little Rock, you may choose “Group Pass Out” as the shipping option so you are not charged individual shipping. Order your shirt here by Wednesday, June 5TH at 11:59pm.
2019 AEA Final Election Voting Begins Monday, 3/25 at 8 am
Mar 22, 2019
Votes for the following candidates will be cast during the AEA Final Election that will be held beginning at 8:00 a.m. March 25, 2019 and ending April 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Voting for active members will be online at www.aeaonline.org. Look for the “Vote Here” Icon on the AEA website beginning March 24. Members can access the voting site seven days a week, 24 hours a day during the voting period. You must enter your voter ID that is printed on your AEA membership card. Contact the AEA Office if you need any assistance with your voter ID, (501) 375-4611, Ext. 100. Retired members will receive a ballot by regular mail to vote for NEA Retired Delegates. Election 19 races.
Retirement Alert Contact Your Lawmaker to Protect ATRS
Feb 21, 2019
HB1173 would require public retirement systems to perform a “stress test” using worst case scenarios. The results of the tests could then be used to justify cuts to benefits. This bill is part of a troubling blueprint that other states have used to diminish retirement security for educators. This one of several bills recommended by a group of anti-public retirement activists invited by Rep. House to testify before the committee last year.
All members are encouraged to attend the meeting MONDAY (3/25) at 9 am in the Big MAC building located immediately behind the State Capitol. AEA strongly opposes HB1173.
If you are unable to attend Monday’s meeting, we encourage all members to contact the members of the Retirement Committee and let them know you oppose HB1173, the stress test bill.
State Board Attacks the Teacher Fair Dismissal & Employee Fair Hearing Acts
Dec 21, 2018
The Arkansas Education Association is deeply concerned by the actions of the State Board of Education to strip educators in the Pine Bluff and Little Rock School Districts of their due process rights.
At a special board meeting on December 20, the board voted 8-1 to use the powers granted in Act 930 of 2017 to waive the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act and the Employee Fair Hearing Act in the Pine Bluff School District and 6-3 to waive both laws for educators in the Little Rock School District.
The Teacher Fair Dismissal Act and the Employee Fair Hearing Act were instituted to ensure students have the best educators in their schools and to allow them to advocate for what is best for students without fear of retaliation. These laws have ensured integrity in the work educators do with their students every day as well as provide a path to support continued educator growth in the profession.
Both districts are classified as in Level 5 Intensive Support Status, giving the State Board the authority to grant the waivers. However, neither superintendent requested the waiver, and Little Rock Superintendent Mike Poore struggled to answer board members when they asked directly if he wanted the waiver. Multiple board members, as well as the newly appointed Pine Bluff superintendent, said they believe most issues are not with teachers in classrooms and are instead at the administration level.
Dozens of parents, community members, elected officials and educators spent hours testifying heartfelt opposition to the proposals. Their effort to stand up for students and educators fell on deaf ears.
The waiver for the Pine Bluff School District is for the 2019/2020 school year. The waiver granted in Little Rock will take effect immediately.
Thursday’s attack on educators is yet another in a series of efforts to undermine public education in Arkansas. This sustained and wanton effort to erode, waive and undermine long-standing educational standards only serves to harm students and the education professionals supporting them every day.
Following the brazen disregard for public comment by the State Board of Education, we fear the attack on public education will only continue in January as the 92nd General Assembly convenes.
2019 marks AEA’s 150th year of advocating for public education, and we will continue to stand up for Arkansas’s students and educators in all forums where public policy is decided. We invite you to join us.
The Arkansas Education Association is a professional organization for teachers, education support professionals, students and advocates. Our fundamental objective is to work for quality and equitable public education for all of Arkansas students, the betterment of the Arkansas state education system and quality working conditions for educators.