Tuesday, October 14, 2008


The break that we all refer to as "MEA" is upon us. MEA refers to the Minnesota Education Association which ceased to exist ten years ago. MEA was one of two teacher's unions in Minnesota, the other union was the MFT or Minnesota Federation of Teachers. Both unions were integrated into one that is now Education Minnesota. the MEA break exists because there is a professional conference in St. Paul that is designed for educators, but open to the public.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in education (public, private or any other kind!) to learn more and better themselves. Teachers in most public schools are not paid for these days (at Sioux Trail teachers have Wednesday off for working two 12 hour days with conferences and Thursday and Friday are not paid days).

Yes, it is a great conference with some good professional development activities, but there is also great benefit from a couple of days off to rejuvenate and rest from the typical work week that averages 50-60 hours.

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