Thousands to Converge on Jones Street: NCAE to Participate in Annual HKonJ Event It’s a well-known fact that public schools in North Carolina are under attack. NCAE, along with many other organizations across the state, are speaking out against these injustices by participating in the HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly Coalition) movement that will be held in Raleigh on Saturday, February 8. Join with thousands of North Carolinians at Shaw University on South Street (located between
Wilmington and Blount streets) at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Raleigh. The march to Jones Street will begin at 10:30 a.m., after which the mass people's assembly will take place on the doorstep of the People's House, the NC General Assembly. Members and friends of more than 150 social justice organizations make up the HKonJ coalition. The coalition unites to visibly challenge the extremist attacks on voting rights, economic justice, public education, and equal protection under the law. The NCAE Center will serve as the meeting place for members, parents and community leaders who are interested in attending the event. Please plan to arrive at 8:45 a.m., wear red in support of public education, and bring pro-public education
signs and banners. During the HKonJ press conference last month, NCAE attorney Jessica Holmes represented NCAE and made the following statement on behalf of President Rodney Ellis. “There is strength in numbers and collective action. There is a movement brewing and NCAE will stand, walk, march and run if we have to in order to protect our schools and to ensure that every child is provided the sound basic education that our constitution guarantees. The one thing we will not do is sit back and watch as public education is dismantled.” Click here for more information on the HKonJ event or contact Jessica.Holmes@ncae.org or Marcus.Bass@ncae.org.
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Read Across America 2014 is Monday March 3!
It’s almost that time again! Time to dust off your red-and-white stovepipe hat, grab a few books and join the Cat in the Hat, along with millions of students, parents and community members across the country, to celebrate Read Across America Day. NCAE President Rodney Ellis, Vice President Mark Jewell and our own Cat encourage locals to participate in this beloved reading event and to plan activities in their communities. Need help in coordinating a celebration? All of the information you need is available on the NEA Web site. From booklists to tips for reading out loud, find what you need to inspire students to pick up a book and become life-long readers. You can also download and print the 2014 Read Across America Day poster, as well as access the Seuss Online Store, where you can find a large selection of Dr. Seuss products, including reading awards, pencils, decor, and so much more. If you do host an event, consider videotaping it and sharing via SchoolTube, which has created a Read Across America channel just for members. To sign up and share your video, click here. Also, don’t forget to post your activities and photos on the NCAE Facebook wall (www.facebook.com/wearencae), and send photos to Christi.Broadway@ncae.org.
North Carolina added 330 newlycredentialed teachers in 2013 to its National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) cadre. This brings the state’s total number of NBCTs to 20,122, and places North Carolina first in the nation in the number of NBCTs. In addition, six North Carolina public school districts placed in the Top 20 districts nationally for the total number of National Board Certified Teachers and five North Carolina universities made the Top 50 public and private universities and colleges with the highest number of alumni who are newly certified National Board teachers. NCAE offers a wealth of resources for National Board candidates, which is provided by the Center for Instructional Advocacy. Available to advanced and renewal candidates are cluster/district drive-in clinics, regional professional learning days, a winter boot camp, and a January JumpStart workshop. For more information about these support options visit the NCAE Web site, www.ncae.org. To read more about how North Carolina is leading the nation in NBCTs, visit www.ncpublicschools.org and click on the appropriate link under “News.”