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  1. Leading the profession 5 October 2021

    Education unions leading in a pandemic: the reality behind the headlines

    Howard Stevenson

    World Teachers’ Day 2021 is an opportunity to mark the extraordinary achievements of education workers who have worked through the pandemic, and also to acknowledge the difficult work done by teachers that is ongoing as they support young people to face a future that has been reshaped by a global...

    Education unions leading in a pandemic: the reality behind the headlines
  2. Equity and inclusion 19 August 2021

    Disability and Teaching In The Time of The Covid Crisis

    Julie Ferguson

    I’m Julie, a deaf/blind high school teacher in the North of Scotland. Here is my experience balancing 16 months of Covid-19 as a deaf/blind teacher and unionist.

    Disability and Teaching In The Time of The Covid Crisis
  3. Equity and inclusion 16 July 2021

    “Poor families and digital technologies. The nuances of digital appropriation.”

    During the pandemic, the role of families in children’s education has been emphasised because of school closures and the introduction of distance learning using new technologies. How can digital inclusion in the domestic, at-home sphere be understood in this context? As part of the series of conferences “Digital culture and...

    “Poor families and digital technologies. The nuances of digital appropriation.”
  4. Fighting the commercialisation of education 31 May 2021

    “Privatised education: the virus exposed by the pandemic.”

    Shelley L. Morse

    As Covid-19 continues to reap havoc and draw the public’s attention, governments across Canada are sharing a privatisation playbook as they use the pandemic as cover to transform publicly funded public education.

    “Privatised education: the virus exposed by the pandemic.”
  5. Standards and working conditions 15 May 2021

    “Education Support personnel are the glue that holds their schools together!”

    Becky Marciante

    Becky Marciante is a Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Mulberry Middle School in Mulberry, Florida (USA) and a member of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). She has worked for the Polk County Public School system since December 2015. As we prepare for celebrating World Education Support Personnel Day...

    “Education Support personnel are the glue that holds their schools together!”
  6. Standards and working conditions 14 May 2021

    "The tightrope walk: the experience of a guidance counselor through the pandemic"

    Daniel Lajoie

    How to deal with the uncertainty of a pandemic, an unexpected lockdown, new technological tools, and a busy routine with children? Being a tightrope walker dealing with this entire imbalance accurately depicts the experience of a guidance counselor during the main period of the pandemic.

    "The tightrope walk: the experience of a guidance counselor through the pandemic"
  7. Standards and working conditions 13 May 2021

    “As a guidance counsellor, I continue to transform the lives of students during a pandemic”.

    Orlando Guerrero Sandí

    To mark World Education Support Personnel Day, on May 16th, we interviewed Orlando Guerrero Sandí about his experience during the pandemic. Orlando is a guidance counsellor in the San José de Río Sucio Primary School, located in Sarapiquí Canton (Heredia Province, Puerto Viejo District, Costa Rica). He has 19 years...

    “As a guidance counsellor, I continue to transform the lives of students during a pandemic”.
  8. Fighting the commercialisation of education 12 April 2021

    “On Edtech, the public good, and democracy”

    David Edwards

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought death and despair. However, it has also sharpened our vision. We have seen dangers more clearly and trends that were threatening the health of our societies. In some areas, like inequality, it is apparent to everybody. In others, however, risky developments are partially hidden. These...

    “On Edtech, the public good, and democracy”
  9. Equity and inclusion 19 March 2021

    “Committed leadership and concerted action needed to end the pandemic of racial discrimination”, by Patrick Roach.

    Patrick Roach

    On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, it is prescient that our trade unions in the UK will be coming together at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Black Workers’ Conference to advance a progressive agenda for anti-racism on the anniversary of the first national...

    “Committed leadership and concerted action needed to end the pandemic of racial discrimination”, by Patrick Roach.
  10. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 5 March 2021

    When your class is “Zoom-bombed” and other stories from the frontlines of online teaching

    2020 has been the year that many workers in education had an emergency catch up course in teaching via video conferencing. We've all learnt a lot - using different (often changing) platforms and teaching strategies - trying to do our best for our students.

    When your class is “Zoom-bombed” and other stories from the frontlines of online teaching
  11. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 19 February 2021

    “Pivoting to Online Education During the Pandemic Wave”, by Nadine Molloy.

    Nadine Molloy

    Nadine A. Molloy recently received national recognition from the Jamaica Observer for her extraordinary work leading Ardenne High School in Kingston through the storm of the COVID-19 crisis [1]. We asked Nadine to share her experience with integrating technology in education, ensuring teachers and students were prepared and achieving high...

    “Pivoting to Online Education During the Pandemic Wave”, by Nadine Molloy.
  12. Fighting the commercialisation of education 9 February 2021

    “Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.

    Ben Williamson, Anna Hogan

    Educational technologies have become central to higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency in tertiary systems worldwide has enabled private edtech companies, global tech businesses, and the networks of promoters backing them, to define the post-pandemic future of the university.

    “Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.
  13. Union growth 24 January 2021

    “Teaching with Tech: Why Education Unions Must Act Now To Have a Role in Shaping the Future”, by Christina J. Colclough.

    Christina J. Colclough

    After many years of public sector underfunding, the private tech sector has made inroads into virtually all public services. With the self-proclaimed aim to enhance the quality of public services, at a reduced cost and with greater efficiency, especially two sectors are rapidly expanding: Education Technology and Health Technology.

    “Teaching with Tech: Why Education Unions Must Act Now To Have a Role in Shaping the Future”, by Christina J. Colclough.
  14. Trade union rights are human rights 14 January 2021

    “Safe schools: the foundation of recovering children's education from this pandemic”, by Patrick Roach (NASUWT, UK).

    Patrick Roach

    Despite the enormous efforts and sacrifices made by our teachers and education staff, children and young people’s learning has inevitably suffered hugely from the disruption of the pandemic.

    “Safe schools: the foundation of recovering children's education from this pandemic”, by Patrick Roach (NASUWT, UK).
  15. Union growth 5 January 2021

    “Taking Action to Keep School Pupils, Staff and Communities Safe in England”

    Kevin Courtney, Mary Bousted

    England is once again in a national lockdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing on the evening of Monday 4 January that a third lockdown, including the closure of most schools, was necessary to address rising infection rates and the rapid spread of the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus...

    “Taking Action to Keep School Pupils, Staff and Communities Safe in England”
  16. Union growth 18 December 2020

    “The impact of the pandemic on academic workers and work - the Canadian experience”, by Brenda Austin-Smith.

    Brenda Austin-Smith

    Almost overnight in mid-March of 2019, academic staff at universities and colleges heeded the call to stay home and isolate. They transitioned to remote teaching to ensure the education continuity of millions of students during the public health emergency. Campuses were closed down, shuttering labs, and stalling research. Some libraries...

    “The impact of the pandemic on academic workers and work - the Canadian experience”, by Brenda Austin-Smith.
  17. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 4 November 2020

    “Students of the COVID19 year”, by Gohar Hovhannisyan.

    Gohar Hovhannisyan

    It’s a common practice to distinguish the life cycles of students based on their enrolment by academic year or years. These year-numbers help us to navigate and plan. Due to the COVID-19, the year 2020, however, is not defined by its four different numbers but by something from the past...

    “Students of the COVID19 year”, by Gohar Hovhannisyan.