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PRESIDENT’S LETTER 4 | KNOW • Volume 14 Issue 2 Sid Chapman, GAE President Dear fellow educators, When I first set out on my journey to become a teacher, never in a million years would I have imagined that I would have an impact on my school, community, state, and world. Nevertheless, nearly thirty years later, it has become apparent that my efforts (working in just about every facet of the education profession) inside and outside of the classroom have and continue to make a difference. More often than not, I come into contact with former students – students, who are now in their adulthood and are contributors to their respective communities. These happenstance encounters always tend to play out in similar fashion: “Hi Mr. Chapman! Do you remember me? Well, I was in your ____ class at _____ school in ____ (year)! I just wanted to say thank you! I’m working for ____ thanks to your encouragement. Oh, meet my family ....” It never gets old. I never grow tired of seeing the power of public education and the small part I had to play in allowing it to sustain a global community. Admittedly, I feel as excited as I was on my first day of student teaching to see that I made such a long lasting and far reaching difference. Whether it was driving the bus or teaching in a classroom, my efforts as an educator, rooted in my passion for fostering the future, helped in part to shape my community. While we as educators may never get the credit we deserve for the monumental feats we perform every day for our students, we never cease to teach, educate, and enlighten as if the very future of the world depends on us doing so. We do what it takes to help our students leap the hurdles that societal factors put in their way. Where there’s a disparity, we meet the need because we know that the school cannot live apart from the community it serves. All across the country and in exceptional schools here in Georgia, educators like Dr. Lateshia Woodley are reimagining the whole concept of “it takes a village…” and defining the community school model. Success of students, in spite of their varied circumstances, is paramount. In community schools like hers, educators meet the students where they are – and not where some arbitrary standardized test score benchmark says they should be. To make it all happen, the community (parents, concerned citizens, local government and businesses, clergy, etc.) step in to help educators ensure that learning is the only thing students have to think about at school. If it sounds too utopian to be true, join with me in manifesting GAE’s vision by ensuring the community school model is the go-to solution for students instead of a state school takeover. We are the experts and know better as to what our students need. We are the community – and the world is depending on us to make sure our students are ready for the future and to sustain the global community. Dr. Sid Chapman President Georgia Association of Educators Before being elected GAE President, Sid served as GAE Vice President (2010-2012, 2012-2014), Board Director and member of the GAE Internal Concerns and Elections and Credentials Committees. He also served in his local association, the Clayton County Education Association (CCEA), as president (2002-2014). THE CHOICE IS YOURS. We offer your KNOW magazine in both a print format and a digital format. The digital magazine comes straight to your email box. It gives you access to more information, cool news, and lots of bonus features-from “live” ads to video. It puts all that and more just a few clicks away. Or if you prefer, you can sign up to receive the old-fashioned KNOW magazine. To have the magazine sent to you, login at GAE.org, click on your PROFILE, and choose your preferred delivery method for the magazine. www.gae.org | 1 The Constitutional Amendment Vote 7 Teach + Travel the world. We’ll show you how. 9 Stop bullying on your bus now! 12 Review: The Code of Ethics for Educators 20 Get ready to vote! 27 Do you have the right to say anything on your blog? 29 Meet the GAE Leading Locals 31 Want to save $$$? There’s an app for that! EDUCATION’S FRONTLINE the people • the politics • the profession WHAT’S @ STAKE IN OUR STATE www.gae.org | 1 EDUCATION’S FRONTLINE the people • the politics • the profession 3 GAE’s 44th Annual Spring Convention 8 Are you ready for Read Across America 2014? 10 Valdosta member wins BIG wrongful termination settlement 12 Legal Q & A tackles gender stereotyping 16 GAE Elections and Candidates 18 0 Days GAE’s Initiative Our effort to provide Georgia’s children the TIME they need to be their best! Spring 2014 Volume 12 • Issue 1 Notice to GAE Members: Georgia Association of Educators annual membership dues include the following refundable contributions: Georgia Association of Educators Foundation - $2 for Active Certified members and $1 for Active Education Support members. GAE Foundation contributions fund educational scholarships and grants to members and potential educators and are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Georgia Association of Educators-Fund for Public Education (GAE-FPE) - $6 for Active Certified members and $3 for Active Education Support members. GAE-FPE contributions are used for political purposes and are not tax deductible. GAE Foundation and GAE-FPE contributions are voluntary and members have the right to a refund of these contributions. 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