January 27

Technology in the Classroom

For our most recent meeting, Diane Richmond and Susan Thomas presented on how to use technology in the classroom.  Now more than ever, technology is becoming an integral part of the classroom and it is important to know how to use it to maximize learning.  They stressed learning about the technology that you have available to you.  If you have a SMART Board, spend time before or after school to familiarize yourself with how to work it.  For many technologies, there are people that can come to your school to teach you and your colleagues how to use it effectively.

Some of their favorite resources and tools include:


http://www.more.net/ For professional development workshops.
http://zoom.us/ It’s like Skype but can be used for webinars.
https://delicious.com/ A way to organize your links.
http://www.studyblue.com/ Great for flashcards. There’s an app too.

http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ You can make instructional videos with this.

If you would like anymore information about technology, you can find Diane and Susan at Pickler 205.

Upcoming Events

February 10 Meeting

We will be meeting in VH 1000 to watch “The New Public” from 5-7 pm

Read Across America

At the Adair Co. Public Library on March 1, 1-2 pm NEA will be participating in the Read Across America program.  We will be reading to children in the area to help spread the love of reading.

Last Meeting of the Semester!

For our last meeting of the Fall Semester, we had a special treat!  MNEA President Charles Smith and Vice-President Brent Fullington joined us to talk about the purpose of NEA.  The organization fights for quality public schools by strengthening the teaching profession and promoting the well-being of it’s members.  He stressed that disciplined people + disciplined thoughts + disciplined actions = results. He also described S.T.A.R. which stands for Strategic Teams Achieve Results. This is accomplished five ways.
1) Teaching and Learning
2) Collective Bargaining
4) Legal and Member Rights
5) Legislative and Political Action

As an NEA member, you are a part of a family of 35 million people that are also dedicated to making education the best that it can be.

Upcoming Events

MLK Challenge, January 20

1.    Go to this link: https://cas.truman.edu:8443/cas/login?service=http://truservice.truman.edu/login.asp?page=%2Fprofile%2Easp
2.       Log in to TruService with your Truman username and password
3.       Create or update your profile
4.       Select “My Activities” on the left menu
5.       Select “Add Activities” under “One Time Activities”
6.       Choose “MLK Day of Service , 1/20/2014
7.       Click the green “Add to My Activities” button near the bottom

NEA Meeting, January 27

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Jan Brett

Jan Brett came to Truman!  She is a lovely illustrator and author of children’s books.  She came to talk about her new book, Cinders.  In her talk, she discussed how she got inspiration from the chickens she raises at home.  She even brought several of them on the tour with her to show us!  She also showed us how she drew her pictures and emphasized that it takes a lot of work, but with practice, improvement is inevitable.


Jan Brett rides in style with this huge bus.  She brought several of her chickens on the tour with her.


After Jan Brett’s speech, there were many fun activities that correlated with many of her books that NEA hosted.  There were many things to craft and color to entertain.

November 11

Cathy Westbury, a retired counselor from the Rockwood School District in St. Louis and a member of R-MNEA, came to talk about NEA’s Bully Free it Starts With Me Campaign.  She talked about who a bully is, the view of the bully’s target, and ways to reduce bullying in class and through school.

Upcoming Events

Jan Brett is Coming to Truman November 17, 10:30 am

Jan Brett, best-selling children book Author and Illustrator, is giving a presentation about her books.  Afterwards, NEA is providing fun activities for kids.

NEA Meeting December 2, 5 pm

For our last meeting of the semester, MNEA President Charles Smith is coming to visit.

Upcoming Webinars

There aren’t any Webinars that will be presented soon, but there are still plenty of pre-recorded Webinars that you have access to.  There are also plenty of Professional Development lessons through NEA Academy.

Fall Representative Assembly

On November 9, four members of our Truman NEA chapter traveled to St. Louis for this year’s Fall Representative Assembly.  After hearing reports from the MNEA Executive Officers, we adopted the 2013-2014 Missouri NEA Legislative Platform, saw awards given for the Shirley Cromer Leadership and Leila Medley Quality Local Association Awards, and learned a lot of information about the whole organization.

007From Left to Right: Kaitlyn Preis, Kristen Greif, Rachel Sommerer, Kristen Gavenda

Everyone that was able to attend had a great time and was excited to learn many new things about the organization.

Schuyler Family Fun Night

Thank you to everybody that came to help out at the Schuyler Family Fun Night!! The kids had a blast doing so many fun and creative activities!

You can see some of the activities that we did this this year below

014Lava Lamps in a test tube

Blow up Balloons with Vinegar and Baking Soda

018Make name signs out of broken sticks

See which of your favorite fall items float or sink

Trace the veins of a leaf

010Try different types of apple to see which type is prefered

Write what you are thankful for and add it to the wreath

Thank you again to everyone that made this evening a success!

Halloween Fun Night

On Monday,  everyone met up to have a great time celebrating the fall season!  Everyone that was able to make it down to the celebration had a fun time eating delicious foods, carving pumpkins and enjoying the perfect weather.

Karen Kendrick made a freelance carving of a cat

Kathryn Schott made a Spooky pumpkin

Katrina made a fun Jack O’ Lantern

Lauren, Ashley, Catherine, and Kristen are enjoying the plentiful food and each others company.

Thank you to everyone that was able to make it down to Dr. Perrachione’s house for our Halloween Fun Night!

Upcoming Events

NEA Schuyler Family Fun Night November 4, 5:30-7:30

Every year NEA holds a Family Fun Night at Schuyler Elementary.  Kids come to have a good time with their family doing activities that we lead.  All the activities are already planned so we just have to show up and have a great time with the kids.  Pictures from last year are posted on our website under Event Photos (scroll down to the bottom) and it was a lot of fun.

NEA Meeting November 11, 5:00 pm


There aren’t any Webinars that will be presented soon, but there are still plenty of pre-recorded Webinars that you have access to.

October 14th Meeting

For our meeting this week, Polly Matteson from the Career Center came to talk about tips and ideas to help you ace the interview, find your dream job, and get into graduate school. She had a ton of valuable information and it was great that she was able to come to our meeting!

Some of the helpful tips that Polly Matteson gave us was:

For the interview, be prepared to answer questions about your values, interests, traits, skills, and experience.  You should also do your research on the school district you are looking for by knowing their mission, history, competitors, and future plans.  If you have a difficult time determining your strengths and weaknesses you can visit www.authentichappiness.com and take the “Brief Strengths Test” or the “VIA Survey of Character Strengths” to help you get an idea of what they are.  You will have to create an account before you will be able to take either of the surveys, but it is free and doesn’t take long.
When you tell stories during the interview, be sure to follow the STAR method.  Talk about the situation, the task, the action you took, and the result.  Be sure to include the result to show that you learned and improved something because of that experience.
Introduce yourself at the interview with a confident handshake and a smile.  Give eye contact and be conversational.

Of course, the Career Center does more than just interview preparation.  There are many helpful tools available on the Career Center’s webpage.  If you would like help in preparing for what happens after you graduate Truman, visit the Career Center on the third floor of the SUB.  They can critique your resume, do mock interviews, and are there to help you with everything career related.

Upcoming Events

NEA Meeting October 28

Our next meeting on October 28 will be at Dr. Perrachione’s house.  We will have hot dogs, chips, and soda for everyone.  We will also be carving pumpkins, so bring a pumpkin and carving tools with you.  In a couple of days we will be sending out an email with GoogleDoc to RSVP and directions on how to get to her house.  If you need a ride to Dr. Perrachione’s house, let us know on the GoogleDoc.

SMSTA Fall Festival Planning October 17, 7pm

SMSTA, a group for students interested in the Education field, is hosting a Fall Festival for the Novinger schools.  There will be games, a reading corner, a haunted hallway, and plenty of activities to make it a great night for students in the Novinger area.  They need help in planning all of the fun activities though, so come help out if you can.  If you have any questions, contact SMSTA Vice-President Teah Cunningham at tmc4624@truman.edu.

SMSTA Fall Festival October 31, 5:30-7:30 pm
NEA Schuyler Family Fun Night November 4, 5:30-7:30

Every year NEA holds a Family Fun Night at Schuyler Elementary.  Kids come to have a good time with their family doing activities that we lead.  All the activities are already planned so we just have to show up and have a great time with the kids.  Pictures from last year are posted on our website under Event Photos (scroll down to the bottom) and it was a lot of fun.


There aren’t any Webinars that will be presented soon, but there are still plenty of pre-recorded Webinars that you have access to.

Student Leadership Academy

On October 5, many members of our NEA chapter went to Jefferson City for the Student Leadership Academy.

There were a lot of incredible speakers that came to speak to us.  The SLC (Student Leadership Council) President, and President of our own NEA chapter, Kathryn Schott along with the Vice-President Morgan Domijan welcomed everyone to the conference.  MNEA President Charles Smith was the Keynote Speaker and he gave us some inspirational words of wisdom about what we will face in the education field.

Alice Flores from Young Activists United-UMSL discussed what we could do about student debt.  It is continuing to be more and more difficult for families to send their children to college due to the rising costs of higher education.  Our legislators have the power to make it easier to pay for college and it is important that we talk to them about it now.

NEA Student President David Tjaden informed us on how we can fund local projects with NEA Grants.  There are two types of grants that we can apply for.  The first is the SOAR grant which we can use to improve a chapter’s organization.  This can be used on fliers or posters to increase awareness, door prizes, and many others.  The second type of grant is called the CLASS grant.  With the help of other NEA members, we can use this money toward community service projects.  Many of these grants go towards funding a Reading Across America event.

There were also two breakout sessions. One focused on how to get involved in NEA at the Local, State, and National levels.  The other looked into the many communication tools that you can use to keep in contact with your NEA locals.

Everyone that attended had a great time and it was great to see five Truman students represent the amazing NEA chapter that we have.

To Join NEA

In order to join Truman’s wonderful NEA chapter, there are a few things you’ll have to do.


Go to www.mnea.org and scroll down.  On the left hand side there will be a button that says ‘NEA Student Program Join Us Today Click Here’. Click it and fill out the information it asks.




You’ll need a credit/ debit card handy to pay the $24 dues.  You’ll be a member of NEA from September 1, 2013 to August 30, 2014.  To get the most of your membership it is best to sign up as early as possible.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at trumannea@gmail.com.