About & Updates

Update 2/13/2020:

hi friends!

We had an amazing member meeting on Tuesday!

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If you missed it, fret not! Here is the link to the one-pager on our Internal Election Endorsement – NCAE President and NCAE Vice President! And here it is in Spanish ūüôā Hype about the leadership of our statewide union? Find out more here!¬†

Here is the information on how to get connected to our External Election Endorsed Candidates for County Commission and School Board. Trying to remember who they are? Find it here in English and here in Spanish!

Update 2/4/2020:

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action is here, y’all!


What else is here is the local endorsement for NCAE leadership!


DAE has voted overwhelmingly to endorse¬†Tamika Walker Kelly¬†for President and¬†Bryan Proffitt¬†for Vice President of NCAE. We are committed to ensuring that our rank and file educators have a powerful voice in our union. This past Saturday, a room packed with 59 DAE members — from classroom, EC & ESL teachers, to local ESP leaders, Student Services leaders, and a member of the Retired Division — voted resoundingly to support Tamika & Bryan. Tamika earned 84% support, while Bryan earned 86% of the vote. We are confident that Tamika and Bryan have the vision and skill set necessary to lead our organization, grow our membership and our power, and transform NCAE into a fighting union.

We invite all NCAE members to read and share our endorsement statement, which includes links to each candidate’s original questionnaire.

Update 1/31/2020:

Hi friends! We are so close to the endorsement meeting on Saturday!!!

DAE/NCAE Endorsement Interviews will be this Saturday, 2/1, starting at 9:00 am. PLEASE BE SEATED BY 9:00 AM! The first interview will start at 9:30 am sharp! NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED IN LATE. The expectation is that all DAE members who are participating in the interview endorsement process will participate in ALL of the interviews. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE ALLOWED!

We will be checking in members to make sure they are active DAE members so we need everyone to be there by 9:00 am so we will be ready to go at 9:30 am. Childcare will be provided!

See you cuties there!

Update 1/27/2020:

Congrats to all who were elected as NCAE Convention Delegates! A HUGE shout out to the Elections Committee under the leadership of Lesley Mace. Nominations for National Convention and nominations for DAE Board close on January 28th (tomorrow).

Questions? Hit up Lesley – electioncommittee@daenc.com

Need more democracy and voting? Okay…hold your horses, here’s some more!


Friends. You need to come to the endorsement meeting on February 1st at Lakewood Elementary from 9:30 Р11:30. There are two people running for NCAE President and three people running for NCAE Vice President. Want to know what they think? Read their questionnaires. 

February 1st  | 9:30 Р11:30 am  | Lakewood Elementary

Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action – February 3 – 7

In June 2019, DAE leadership worked with DPS school board to pass a Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action 2020 resolution. Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action 2020 is nationally recognized February 3rd-February 7th but we want to celebrate this all month and definitely all year. Our Vice President, Turquoise LeJeune Parker, is very excited to collaborate with or support any school who is seeking support on implementation. She can be reached at 704-224-6048 or her email is mrsturquoiseparker@gmail.com

Update 1/14/2020:

Happy New Year, loves! This is a long one but worth the read!

DAE Statement on McDougald Terrace

DAE is collecting supplies to support the residents at McDougald Terrace while they are staying at hotels across Durham. Please bring the following items to the DAE Member Meeting Tues., Jan. 14 and or the Grade-In at Southpoint Mall Weds. Jan. 15.
  • Laundry Kits
    • Laundry Detergent
    • Rolls of Quarters
    • Laundry bags or collapsible laundry basket
  • School Supplies
    • Packs of pencils
    • Packs of pens
    • Composition Notebooks
    • Spiral Notebooks
  • Bus Passes Can be purchased from the Durham Station
    • Donating funds for bus passes – cash will be accepted at the mass meeting or at the grade-in [cash will be logged so please hand it directly to Symone] OR venmo @MeganMcCurley83 with the note “Bus Passes McDougald”
*Please bring the supplies or kit in a bag*

Endorsements for County Commissioners and School Board

DAE is excited to announce our 2020 endorsements for School Board and County Commission!!
Stay tuned to learn more about how you can support each of these candidates as we work towards big wins for public education and progressive policy in 2020.

Nominations for DAE Officers and NEA National Convention
Nominations to serve on our Board and represent DAE at the National Convention in Atlanta are open Tuesday, December 10th, and they close Tuesday, January 28th. All members in good standing are invited to nominate themselves or others. Competition is healthy and good for our organization as we grow. If you want to run or believe someone would be good in one of the following roles, we encourage you to step up!
This election cycle, the following positions are up for election:
  • Election of the Vice President
  • Secretary
  • High School Director
  • Elementary School Director (1 of 2)
  • ESP Director
  • At-large director¬†(1 of 2)
Please nominate members in good standing here by 1/28/2020. The election for DAE Board and the NEA National Conference is managed through NCAE, and  will take place April 4, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m., and will end on April 14, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
Please send any questions to ElectionCommittee@daenc.com.


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Update 12/10/2019:

Nominations for DAE Executive Board, NCAE Conference, and NEA National Conference open TODAY! NCAE Conference nominations are handled locally by our Elections Committee. NEA National Conference nominations and DAE Executive Board nominations are handled at the state level and they will send out an email. If you are a member and have NOT been getting any emails from Michelle or NCAE, please contact Leslie Mace lesleyjanemace@gmail.com ASAP!

Nominations for DAE Executive Board and NEA National Conference close on January 28th and nominations for NCAE Conference close January 7th.

Update 12/3/2019:

Emergency Mass Meeting on Thursday, December 5th from 5-6:30pm at the Temple Building 302 W Main Street.

Copy of Durham Association of Educators

**Also note that there is a change in the date of the interviews for the 2020 Durham County Commissioners & School Board Endorsement from January 11th to January 12th**

Update 11/14/2019:

Packed update folks! There is information about elections, both internal and external, and info about the petition/budget action! The petition/budget action information is also held on the Organizing Materials tab! The elections information is also held on the Elections Committee tab!

DAE Internal Elections

Seats up for election:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • High School Director
  • Elementary Director #2
  • ESP Representative
  • Member at-large #2

Nominations open December 10th and close January 28th!

NCAE Election Process & Endorsements

Our candidate questionnaire has been finalized! Questionnaires are due Friday, January 31st and endorsement interviews will be Saturday, February 8th at 10 am. Location TBA.

2020 Durham County Commission & School Board Endorsement Process

Filing for these seats runs from December 2 – 20th. If you are interested in helping develop the question, please contact Lindsay Johnson or Nicholas Graber-Grace. Questionnaires will be finalized in the 12/10 meeting. Interviews will be Saturday, January 11th.

Budget Action!

The NCGA passed a bill (later vetoed by the governor) that would give $1 billion in tax cuts to corporations. Here is what we should do with the money instead:

  • Expand Medicaid
  • 5% raise to ALL public school employees & retirees

Here is what you can do:

Update 10/14/2019:

Have you had a chance to link up with the parking lot posse, led by the amazing James Finnegan? If you’re interested, be sure to email James at jamespfinnegan3@gmail.com!

This week, they’re hitting up two schools to talk about membership, voting, and Durham for All’s Power to the Polls!

What is Power to the Polls, you ask?? It is a beautiful event put on by Durham for All that celebrates our collective power at the ballot box. There will be rousing speakers, delicious biscuits, music you¬†should dance to, and 100’s of the coolest people in Durham all marching down to the early voting site to vote together! Live outside the city limits? That’s okay, come anyway! Don’t know who to vote for? Check out the graphic below! Want to bring your kids? Great! There is childcare for the program portion of the event and kids are welcome to dance alongside you during the march! Want to bring a co-worker? Great! Bring all your co-workers, your mom, your mom’s hairdresser, and the woman who sold you that pair of sparkly purple boots 8 years ago on craigslist! Bring all the people!


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Update 10/4/2019:

TODAY! TODAY! TODAY IS VICTORY FRIDAY! Come out to Carolina Ale House today from 4 – 6:30 and join us for free food and the best conversation.


TUESDAY! TUESDAY! TUESDAY IS PRIMARY VOTING DAY! If you haven’t voted yet, be sure to hit up your assigned polling place on October 8th! Want to know who DAE endorsed? Durham Association of Educators is also endorsing the $95 million Affordable Housing Bond. Questions about the housing bond?¬†¬†Note: Steve Schewel and the Affordable Housing Bond will¬†not appear on your ballot in October but they¬†will appear on your ballot in November!

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THURSDAY! THURSDAY! THURSDAY IS MASS MEETING DAY! Come out to the Staff Development Center on Thursday from 5 Р7 for free organizing skill development and SSTAC conversation.  


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Update 8/17/2019:

Our members have been busy this week! Members attended the DAE PAC meeting on Wednesday and voted to endorse Steve Schewel for mayor and Jillian Johnson, Javiera Caballero, and Charlie Reece for City Council. You can read more about the endorsement and process of the PAC here.


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Members were also repping at New Teacher Orientation at Hillside on Thursday and Friday to bring new teachers (both to the profession and to Durham) into our union family!


Update 8/8/2019:

Summer training sessions were beautiful and moving! Now, as we gear up for the 2019-2020 School Year (and some of us are already back in our buildings!!) we have the chance to make plans together! Join us on August 9th or August 10th for Hit the Ground Running Trainings from 9am Р5pm. Friday we will meet at Club Boulevard Magnet Elementary and Saturday we will meet at E.K Powe Elementary. Food and childcare are provided. RSVP here!



What is the Durham Association of Educators?

The Durham Association of Educators (DAE) is a local affiliate of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers’ union in the country.  We are a member-led organization of educators and allies, committed to leading the fight to defend and transform public schools so that every young person can achieve their full potential and live happy and healthy lives.  We believe that educators, in collaboration with parents, students, and community allies, have the knowledge, skills, and power to build the schools and communities that ALL Durham residents deserve.

What do we do?

DAE is committed to developing worker leadership within Durham Public Schools, organizing our school buildings and communities, and winning the schools that our students, parents, and educators deserve.

Our Culture

  • Students at the Center
    • We believe in our students and their ability to be happy and healthy, to achieve their fullest potential, and to transform the world. ¬†Their learning conditions are our working condition, ¬†and our futures are inseparable. Our work centers their lives.
  • A Commitment to Racial and Social Justice
    • Educators have a special responsibility to understand, and intentionally work to undermine, racism and other forms of injustice in our curricula, our classroom cultures, and our relationships with our students, our parents, and each other. ¬†Our collective future depends on it.¬†¬†
  • Leadership
    • Educators, organizing alongside our students and their parents, are the most potentially powerful force in the state of North Carolina. ¬†We accept the responsibility of rank and file educators to lead, and constantly develop and support new leaders, in a movement that unites the majority of the people in this state and wins the schools and communities our students deserve.
  • Collective Care
    • We are in this together and none of us will get what we need or deserve by acting alone. ¬†We are committed to caring for, and supporting one another, as a union family, through good times and challenges.¬†¬†
  • We Fight to Win
    • We believe that change happens when people act together in strategic ways, build broad alliances, critically reflect on their successes and the challenges of their work, and contend for power in a variety of ways. ¬†For our students, our co-workers, and ourselves, we take our work seriously and look to be as effective as possible. ¬†
  • Celebration
    • We do the most difficult job on the planet and it is hard to sustain ourselves amidst our challenges. ¬†We are committed to a culture that consistently recognizes and celebrates victories, big or small, and rejects hopelessness and fear. ¬†

How can you get involved? 

To join the organization, please contact Bryan Proffitt at dae4ourstudents@gmail.com or (919) 210-9256.  You can also follow us on Facebook (Durham Association of Educators), Twitter (@DurhamEducators), or Instagram (@durhameducators).

You can also join now online by clicking here.

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