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How Does Classroom Management Promote Student Learning?

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on May 23, 2017 8:03:00 AM

Practical skills like classroom management and positive behavior strategies are vitally important tools in a teacher's toolkit. Most of these skills are learned on the job, rather than in the university classroom, so inexperienced teachers often struggle with creating a positive environment in their classrooms.

Why is classroom management important, and how does it affect student learning? Let's explore this issue together.

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Topics: Teaching, Educator Resources

Here's Your 2017 Legislative Roundup

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on May 18, 2017 6:06:53 PM

Dear Members:

There were 1,179 bills filed, 525 presented in the Senate and 654 in the House.

Twenty four pension-related bills were filed and 10 of those effected teacher pensions. Nine of those bills died in the General Assembly although one bill had its language resurrected in HB1001, the Budget Bill, at the very end of session.

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Topics: Legislature

How to Recruit Great Volunteers

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on May 9, 2017 2:30:58 PM

Nonprofit organizations need volunteers – even more than money.

More than 62.6 million Americans volunteer for great causes, which is about 24 percent of our country’s population. Though we still are -- as Arthur Schlesinger once wrote -- a “nation of joiners”, the number of people who give of their time has been declining.

Volunteers collective provide more than $175 billion worth of services. Getting them involved, however, is becoming more challenging. People are working longer hours and retirees – a great source of volunteers – often have to work part time to make ends meet.

If you find yourself in charge of recruiting volunteers, as a board member or organization leader, there are proven ways to get people into the fold. Here are some:

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Topics: Volunteer

Indiana EdCast Episode 15

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Apr 28, 2017 8:30:00 AM

In this episode, Tom Mellish speaks with Legislative Lobbyist, Steve Beebe. They discuss 13th Check going through with no increase, PMOC meetings, and more.

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Topics: Indiana EdCAST

How to Emotionally Handle Retirement

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Apr 17, 2017 8:34:46 AM
 

Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that you were a recent college graduate and a young educator ready to make a difference.

You have since taught hundreds of lessons, poured over countless tests and worked tirelessly to help young people learn.

And now, you are considering retirement. That thought can be unnerving.

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Topics: Lifestyle

Indiana EdCast Episode 14

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Apr 10, 2017 2:26:03 PM

Today, Tom Mellish is joined by Steve Beebe of Beebe & Scherer. They discuss HB 1463 "DC Option" Conference Committee, the Legislative Brunch, HB1005, HB 1003 "ILEARN", and Pre-K expansion.

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Topics: Indiana EdCAST

How Can I Advocate for Public Education?

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Apr 4, 2017 1:37:47 PM

Many people want high-quality public education for all, but don't know how to support and advocate for it. Educators, parents, and community members must be empowered to act and speak out for public education.

If you are a school administrator or educator, feel free to share this list on your website, in your classroom newsletters, and on your school's website. By giving specific steps to those who want to help, you can empower others to become advocates of public education.

Here are 10 ways to become an advocate for public education:

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Topics: Volunteer, Educator Resources

Indiana EdCast Episode #13

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Apr 3, 2017 12:44:50 PM

Tom is joined by Steve Beebe, Chief Lobbyist of Beebe and Scherer. They discuss House Bill 1463 (DC Option Bill), 13th Check, the next Legislative Branch, iLearn 1003, and more.

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Topics: Legislature, Indiana EdCAST

Indiana EdCast Episode #12

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Mar 29, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Tom Mellish speaks with Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana's State Superintendent about her many accomplishments during her first 100 days in office.

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Topics: Legislature, Indiana EdCAST

Indiana EdCast Episode #11

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Mar 27, 2017 11:10:00 AM

Steve Beebe joins Tom Mellish as they discuss HB 1537 “13th Check and HB 1463 “DC Option”.

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Topics: Legislature, Indiana EdCAST

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