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It's Census Day! 🎉 We all have a special role to play to make sure our students, families, and communities know that the census is easy, safe, and important.

Step 1: Fill out your census at www.my2020Census.gov.

Step 2: Share this graphic.

Step 3: Tag at least 3 friends in the comments and make sure they filled out their census.
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11 hours ago

NEA Today

It's Census Day! 🎉 We all have a special role to play to make sure our students, families, and communities know that the census is easy, safe, and important.

Step 1: Fill out your census at www.my2020Census.gov.

Step 2: Share your favorite graphic.

Step 3: Tag at least 3 friends and make sure they filled out their census.
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2 days ago

NEA Today

"I became an NEA member for one simple reason: someone at my local took the time to ask! With their mentorship, I jumped into union activism and became very involved. After serving on several committees and received scholarships to attend national and state association conferences – and going to the NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly as a paraprofessional representative delegate, I was eager to become even more involved.

I successfully ran for president of my local, Maple Organization Support Team, in Maple Heights, Ohio, and immediately began to work to eliminate the sense of hopelessness many of the ESP members felt. As president, I worked hard to build relationships with my members. I wanted to cultivate an environment of solidarity and build member's confidence. My members are now activists who have confidence and will stand up for their rights.

One of my proudest accomplishments was working to bring union solidarity and protections to our district's food service workers. They were a classification excluded from our bargaining unit. These educators had not received a raise in eight years, their salary scale had only three steps, and they had no longevity pay or bereavement days. After having one-to-one conversations, followed by formal group discussions, we obtained authorization cards for 90 percent of the cafeteria staff and they are now members.

Today, I’m prouder than ever to be an ESP member of NEA. As COVID-19 closes schools and grips the nation, our members have stepped up to serve our students in all capacities, doing so with courage and grace. As the 2020 ESP of the Year, it is my mission to advocate for our ESPs and give them the respect and recognition every educator deserves."

Andrea Beeman, ESP of the Year, Special Education Paraprofessional, Maple Heights, OH
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4 days ago

NEA Today

With so many students home because of the coronavirus, we need to get creative about how to raise awareness of the census. Let us know your ideas in the comments!👇🏾

The 2020 census is going on RIGHT NOW. It will determine where funding goes for the next 10 years, so with so we need to get the word out. 📣 You could be featured in a story on neaToday.org. 😀 (If you need some inspiration, check out nea.org/census.)
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