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Social & Human Concerns

As the Social and Human Concerns Committee, we intend to make the committee’s focus inclusive of issues that concern our members in many contexts, but which are cemented by our general professional call as educators, humanists, and advocates of social justice in both local and global arenas. Some groups whose teaching aids and missions we will be looking at include Education International, Amnesty International, The Southern Poverty Law Center, The American Civil Liberties Union, and a number of other organizations that we believe may have materials or teaching tools for our members. Of course, we will note NEA and OEA materials that support the needs of members. Our immediate hope is that as a re-energized committee, others will want to join the committee to broaden our purpose and offer creative input.

NEOEA’s Social and Human Concerns Committee budget has set aside money to provide five $100 grants for members to educate the institutions they serve about diversity and ways to promote tolerance in our communities. Grants are awarded based on the impact your project will have on your learning community. Please be sure the primary purpose of the funding is to educate the learning community about tolerance and diversity, such as bullying prevention. Deadline is December 16, 2011.

Websites to check:

  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Tolerance.Org
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • Members of the Committee:

    Kim Backus, Elyria EA, Chairperson
    Patricia Black, East Cleveland EA-R, secretary
    Denise C. Edwards, Warrensville EA, member
    Marti Franks, Twinsburg EA-R, vice chair
    Becky Miller, Tallmadge TA, liaison
    Kecia Sanders-Stewart, East Cleveland EA, liaison
    Darcy Sentowsky, Maple Hts. TA, member

    Revised: 6/24/14