ISTA leader to talk about politics
of teaching Oct. 10 at Manchester

The president of the 45,000-member Indiana State Teachers Association will address “The Politics of Teaching” at Manchester University on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Teresa Meredith, who assumed leadership of ISTA on Aug. 1, is calling for Indiana educators and legislators to work together. She'll speak at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus, and take questions afterward. The public is invited to the free program.

Meredith will discuss the impact of legislative decisions in the Indiana legislature and at the federal level on students and the economy here and nationwide. Because Indiana’s educational structure often serves as a model, legislative decisions made here have impact across the nation, said Mike Martynowicz, MU instructor of education.

“The field of education has never faced a more critical juncture, particularly in this state,” said Martynowicz. “We are very excited that Teresa is coming to Manchester to speak on critical issues that impact every one of us and our children.” The speech is sponsored by the MU Student Education Association.

About 140 students are majoring in education at Manchester – training and practicing to teach elementary, special education and high-ability students. Secondary education majors are preparing for classes in almost every content area, from history, biology and math to music, health and art. MU also offers a Master’s of Education and a bachelor’s degree in educational studies (non-teaching).

"We work diligently to introduce our majors to the realities of the profession,” said Heather Schilling, chair of the MU Department of Education. “By its very nature, public education is deeply rooted in politics. Having a leader such as Teresa Meredith on campus provides us with a chance to illustrate the importance of being an advocate for the profession. We have to model for the next generation of teachers how to find their voices of advocacy."

Meredith, who also served six years as ISTA vice president, taught for more than 22 years in Indiana schools. She most recently was a kindergarten teacher at Hendricks Elementary in Shelbyville Central Schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Taylor University and a master’s degree in education at Olivet Nazarene University.

For more about majoring in education at Manchester, visit www.manchester.edu.

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