About & Updates

Update 9/6/2021:

Happy Labor Day, loves.

If your back to school has been hectic and fraught with questions and new changes, say “heck yeah!” Totes – same. The good news is we still have each other.

Join us THIS FRIDAY, September 10th at Motorco for our Back-to-School Victory Friday from 3:30 to 6:00! This event has everything. Free food bracelets for the first 50 people, masks, social distancing, and fun. I’ve missed all of you so much and I can’t wait to see you. From an appropriate distance.

Our first Mass Meeting of the year is September 14th from 5 – 7 pm! This first meeting will be a listening session to hear what is working, what isn’t working, and how our union can problem-solve the issues in our buildings. RSVP at https://bit.ly/Sept21massmtg 

92021 Mass Meeting Invite

If you back to school has had at least one headache related to the underfunding and statewide bus driver shortage, say “heck yeah!” Girl. Bus drivers have been dealing with a lot over the past few weeks. The statewide driver shortage fueled by low pay and poor working conditions is taking its toll on school transportation, as we’ve all seen at our buildings.  There’s hope that drivers will receive a much needed pay increase. We want to send a message that Bus drivers deserve it – and that fair pay and working conditions for all staff members will benefit our students. Show some love to your building’s bus drivers + transportation workers this week!

bus driver red for ed

Update 4/11/2021:

The 2021 DAE, Region, and NCAE Election Results are in!
DAE has elected to the following positions
DAE President: Michelle Burton
DAE Treasure: John Davis
DAE Middle School Director: Malcolm Goff
DAE Elementary School Director: Calethea Vinson
DAE Student Services Director: Symone Kiddoo
DAE At-Large: Ryanne Logan
Our Community Ally page is now live! Being a Community Ally is a great way for public school parents and advocates to support our work and mission. Anyone who is not a public school employee can join as a DAE Community Ally. School workers eligible for full membership in DAE, NCAE, and NEA are not eligible to sign up as community allies. To find out more, head over to the membership section of our page!

Durham Association of Educators

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 Michelle Burton at unionstrong@daenc.com or (919) 667-7073.  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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