SEA is affiliated with Education Minnesota, the American Federation of Teachers, and the National Education Association.
SEA welcomes members back for the 2023-2024 school year
Hope everyone's summer was fantastic and that you were all able to relax and rejuvenate and take some time away to recharge for another great year with students. Welcome Back!
Free Professional Learning Opportunities for Members
One of the keys to professional growth is opportunities to learn from others in the profession. Membership gives individuals access to many free professional learning opportunities through Education Minnesota, EdMN-MAC, South Suburban United IO, and the local union.
SEA Sponsors a Variety of Activities for Members
Shakopee Education Association provides its educator members many opportunities to build community and common purpose. Be sure to get involved in these activities with your colleagues and friends.
The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.
Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, delivered a hard-charging speech at the union’s convention in Washington on Monday (transcript here), asserting that ineffective teachers should find another line of work.
As our public schools begin another school year, it's time to stop blaming and criticizing teachers and start thanking and acknowledging them.
Our schools reflect society, and society has undergone a dramatic shift from previous generations. A typical classroom today consists of many students with severe behavioral problems, limited knowledge of English usage, emotional and psychological difficulties, learning disabilities and attention-deficit disorders. And many suffer from abuse and other adverse home and socioeconomic conditions.
Shakopee Education Association is a union and professional association of over 600 teaching and learning professionals working together to bring a world-class education to the students in the Shakopee Public Schools (MN ISD 720 - http://www.shakopee.k12.mn.us/).
In 2009, the SEA celebrated its 50th year as a member of the American Federation of Teachers and took that opportunity to articulate the values our organization espouses. These value statements were updated in 2020.
Shakopee Public Schools is located in the city of Shakopee (pronounced shock-a-pee). It was