CONTENTS FALL 2019
Volume 17 Issue 3
Volume 17 Issue 3
Justin T. Johnson
Mark J. Simons
10 READ ACROSS AMERICA REBRAND 21 POSITIVELY IMPACTING GEORGIA’S ESSA PLAN
5 KNOW AND TELL
Find out about the GAE Foundation’s 2019–20
Scholarships and Grants, A member’s student
writes about her and wins a competition,
Upcoming Events calendar, American Education
Week information, Scenes from a recent Early
Career Educator training … and more!
8 FIVE EMERGING TRENDS FOR
What’s new in public education this year? We
see some trends emerging, including traumainformed
education, virtual reality, and more.
10 READ ACROSS AMERICA
Find out all there is know about the new
NEA rebrand for Read Across America. Get
the important information and the new do’s
13 GAE DAY AT THE
CAPITOL — SAVE THE DATE!
14 GET TO KNOW YOUR 2019-20
GAE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Members of the Board tell us what their focus
will be this year and a favorite aspect of their
18 SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD
KNOW ABOUT YOUR
Learn about GAE’s organizational structure,
Education terms we use, and view a map of the
Association’s 4 Governance Districts.
21 POSITIVELY IMPACTING
GEORGIA’S PLAN FOR ESSA
(Every Student Succeeds Act)
Find out how you can help your school(s) by using
NEA’s Opportunity Checklist.
25 LEGAL NEWS
Read about our latest effort in Clayton County and
information regarding the GAE Constitution.
28 IMAGES FROM GAE’S 2019 NEW
Members and staff hit the road to present and
recruit both new and returning members to the
28 IMAGES FROM THE 2019
STUDENT GAE CONFERENCE!
Student members from across the state came to
receive professional development and learn about
Articles include: Helping with Back-to-School,
Your Time has Finally Come!, Meeting Your
Needs, TRS May Report, Legislative Rapid
Response Team, GAE-Retired Speakers Bureau
and more …
34 ELECTION NOMINATION
See important bylaw and submission information
for the official nomination form for Candidates for
NEA Delegates to the 2020 NEA RA
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THE MISSION OF THE POPULAR READING
PROGRAM IS TO CELEBRATE A NATION OF
DIVERSE READERS ALL YEAR LONG
LBY CINDY LONG inda Estrada grew up in Donna, Texas, the border
town where she now works as a campus
secretary at Runn Elementary School. Fifteen
miles from the Mexican border, she worked
alongside her parents and three siblings as a
migrant farm worker until she started kindergarten.
“My parents didn’t want us to fall behind in our studies
like they did growing up as migrant workers, spending
more time in the fields than in the classroom,” says
By the time she was 10 years old, her mother was the
only one working and the family subsisted on the $60 a
week she earned cleaning a local hotel.
“Not much with four children to support and in those
times, no government assistance either,” says Estrada.
“But my mom was a miracle worker. Aside from paying
bills, buying groceries, and clothing us, she made sure we
were surrounded by books.”
Estrada says she never realized that they were poor.
In a home filled with love and books, her world was
enriched beyond material things. She became an avid
reader and recalls devouring the Little House on the
Prairie books and Nancy Drew mysteries, even World
Book Encyclopedias. But in school,
there were few books about her
own heritage and culture. It wasn’t
until she was an adult working at
Runn, a dual language campus,
Elementary was the best thing that could have happened
to me,” says Estrada. “I was able to reconnect with my
Now, as chair of NEA’s 17-member Read Across
America Advisory Committee, she connects students
with their cultures and exposes them to the cultures of
“Through books, they get a better understanding of
all the different diverse cultures in America today,” she
says. “My hope is that they will learn that although they
may be different, they also share many similarities.”
NEA’s READ ACROSS AMERICA REBRANDS WITH
NEW LOGO AND NEW WEBSITE
Our student population is ever-changing and evolving
and every year there are new children’s books that reflect
that diversity. That’s why NEA’s Read Across America
is rebranding with a new logo to appeal to students of
all ages and backgrounds and a continued mission of
“Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers.”
Of course, children still love Dr. Seuss, and his birthday
on March 2, NEA’s Read Across America Day is
an ideal time for a reading event
with green eggs and ham! But, with
the newly broadened scope of
NEA’s Read Across America Day,
additional activities, resources,
and ideas can keep students reading
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