Episode 1: Be the Union We Need Today
Meet our new Arizona Education Association President, Marisol Garcia, the first woman of color to ever hold this statewide office. Hear about her vision for our statewide education union, and learn more about why we need to own the word "union" and use our voices to make schools safe places where students can learn!
Part 1: We're The Best Advertisement for Education
Arizona has the highest teacher turnover rate in the country, and we’re all seeing the effects of this educator shortage - from bus routes being cut to overflowing class sizes. But what do we do about it? Come learn with us about strategies for addressing educator recruitment and retention from some educators who are doing the work. Meet Jen Fowler, a mentor to educators entering the profession & local leader in Glendale Union Education Association, and Susie Seep, President of Paradise Valley Education Association!
Part 2: Our Members Continue to Invest In Their Own Education
What role does being a union member play in educator recruitment and retention? Susie Seep, President of PVEA, and Jen Fowler, Education Leader in GUEA, share their experiences and advice on how union work connects to keep educators in this profession long-term & helps members feel supported from the beginning through the end of their education career.
Episode 3: Who Gets to Say What Is Valuable?
HB2495 went into effect on September 24th & HB2439 goes into effect on January 1st, but there are still a lot of questions about these book banning bills. Enter Gretchen Clifton, an English teacher & Union Region Director, & Analise Ortiz, LD24 Candidate-Elect! They shared their thoughts on what these bills means & how it could affect students & educators across the state.
Episode 4: My Student Is More Than Their Transition
We know all of our students deserve to feel safe & seen in their schools, but how can we make sure our LGBTIA+ students feel that way? Tami Staas is a 3rd grade teacher, Mesa Education Association union member, and the Executive Director of AZTYPO (Arizona Trans Youth Parent Organization), and we’ve invited her to the show to share her knowledge & experiences with us!
Episode 5: Get Out The Vote
The only thing scarier than Halloween is November 8th's election in Arizona. We're days away, but there is still a lot of work to do. We invited Ellie Perez Pawloski, the Arizona Education Association Political Director, to share with listeners how they can still influence this important election.
Episode 6: As A First Year Teacher, I Wish I Knew…
We asked educators in the Arizona Education Association headquarters building what some of the things they wish they knew as a first year teacher, and we shared a lot of laughter hearing about the lessons we all learned the hard way so you don't have to!
Episode 7: Warm Fuzzies From Your AEA Staff
We know November & December get hectic for educators, so we wanted to take a few minutes & share some stories of how educators made a difference in our lives & some words of encouragement about how amazing the work you do everyday is! On behalf of the AEA staff, we are honored to get to work for educators every single day to support the work they do in schools!