Archived Updates

Below are the archived updates from the home page:

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 1/27/2020:

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 –

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 – 11:30. 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 – 11:30 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

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


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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 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!

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!

the Durham Association of Educators

THURSDAY! THURSDAY! THURSDAY IS MASS MEETING DAY! Come out to the Staff Development Center on Thursday from 5 – 7 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.


the Durham Association of Educators

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 – 5pm. 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!


Update 7/16/2019:

Our summer training sessions kicked off last week with the first 2-Day training. Public school workers and supporters gathered at Club Boulevard to learn more about organizing, leadership, and political power. Differentiated sessions are also available for organizers who have been to the summer training before! There is one more 2-Day training on July 27 & 28th at E.K Powe Elementary from 9am to 5pm. Food & Childcare will be provided. Sign up here!


We had schools all over the district represented from Y.E Smith to School for Creative Studies to Forest View Elementary.


There is one more 2-Day training on July 27 & 28th at E.K Powe Elementary from 9am to 5pm. Food & Childcare will be provided. Sign up here!

Update 6/7/2019:

Amazing beautiful things happening with lovers of public schools around Durham:

  • Black Lives Matter at School: A crew of educators led by Turquoise Lejeune Parker supported the passing of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education Resolution for the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (again led by DAE and Turquoise Lejeune Parker) for the 2019-2020 school year. Check out the video here.
  • EOY Party: Our final Victory Friday of the year is TODAY! Carolina Ale House (near Target) from 4 – 6!Durham Association of Educators (4)
  • DPS Budget: Durham County Commissioners will discuss an Education heavy budget on Monday, June 10 and then vote on Monday, June 24th. Wear your red and celebrate a strong budget!


  • BT Support Next Year: In the upcoming school year, the Durham Association of Educators is committed to expanding on the professional development and coaching offered to Beginning Teachers in the district by building a network of mutual support across the county. To do that, we need data. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey, whether or not you plan to participate in the network we are building, and whether or not you are still a BT.  

Update 5/28/2019:

We’re so close to the end of the year! There are a couple of things to mark on your calendar as we move into the summer [all of these events can be found on our DAE Google Calendar – Upcoming Events–> Calendar (to add this to your own google calendar, click the “+” at the bottom of the calendar)]:

  • Thursday, June 6th Join DAE at the school board meeting at the Fuller Building at 4:00 to celebrate the passage of a resolution in support of district participating in the Black Lives Matter Week of Action next February

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  • Friday, June 7th DAE End of the Year Celebration from 4 to 6:30 (save the date/time and details will be forthcoming)
  • Monday, June 10th Join DAE at the county commissioner meeting (200 E Main St.) at 6:15 to encourage support for the full DPS budget.  Bring your co-workers and wear your red.

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Update 5/23/2019:

No dues until September is still rolling! Membership form here.

Update 5/6/2019:

Join us on Tuesday for May’s Mass Meeting! RSVP here

We’ll be focused on celebrating the successes and learning from the challenges of our May 1 organizing work, mapping out our end-of-the-year organizing (classified staff, membership drive, county commission budget), sharing our summer training schedule, and preparing for our upcoming leadership transition.

Join us every day by completing a membership form. No dues from now until September! 

Update 4/23/2019:

Count down to May 1st! We are a little over a week from our statewide action!

Every day this week, we are highlighting one of our demands. Each day, educators and public school supporters are sharing their stories about why the particular demand is important during a Facebook Live event and through social media graphics. Join us nightly at 7pm here.

  • Monday- More student support staff
  • Tuesday- Reinstate Master’s Degree pay
  • Wednesday- $15 and 5% for every staff person
  • Thursday- Expand Medicaid
  • Friday- Reinstate retiree health care benefits

We are also writing asking lawmakers to take a stand about the issue through a letter-writing campaign through Action Network. Make sure you get to share your voice here. 

Update 4/15/2019:

Durham Public Schools district administration canceled classes for students on May 1- read the Durham Public School Board resolution here.

There will be two community meetings to get people connected to Team Food on Wednesday, April 17th- 10 am at Watts St Baptist Church and 6 pm at E.K Powe.

Update 4/8/2019:

DAE Statement Opposing HB 370

The Durham Association of Educators issue this statement in opposition to HB 370 (Require Sheriff collaboration with ICE) and urge all our elected officials including Governor Cooper to stand against hate and with our immigrant students and community to stop this bill.

As educators, we know how detrimental it is to our students, their families, and our community when Immigration and Customs Enforcement is present in our community[…]

Update 4/8/2019:

Durham Public Schools will be closed for students on May 1! There will be no make-up day. Join us at the April Mass Meeting to get connected to the work. Ready to sign up for a team? Sign up here!


Update 4/3/2019:

Join us at the April Mass Meeting

Check out our latest blog post to find links and details about the All Out May 1 action!

Update 3/29/2019:

Last weekend, the NCAE Representative Assembly ratified New Business Item 17- a call for a day of action on May 1st with the following demands to the North Carolina General Assembly:

  1. Fund Student Services to Meet National Standards, including Professional School Counselors, School Social Workers, School Psychologists, Nurses, and Library Media Coordinators.
  2. $15 Minimum Wage + 5% raise for all school workers + 5% COLA for retirees 
  3. Expand Medicaid to improve the health of our students and families
  4. Reinstate state retiree health benefits
  5. Restore advanced degree pay 

Put in your personal day now for May 1st! 


Update 3/15/2019:

The Building Blitz Campaign for the In This Together In Action survey has begun! Haven’t filled out the survey? Check in with a building leader or your district organizer to get connected!

Update 3/5/2019:

Our March Meeting will have important information about the next steps for a Spring Action! Bring your co-worker, bring your team, bring your whole building! RSVP-

Update 2/12/2019:

ICE is snatching our kids and families. We do not have the option to stay silent. Not in our classrooms, not by the ‘water-cooler,’ and not in our communities. Reach out when you need support.

This is the document referenced in our last member meeting with information about supporting families. This will also live in the Immigrant Justice tab under About–Buckets of Work.

Update 2/10/2019:


Update 2/9/2019:

For those of you who don’t know or haven’t read the Superintendent’s recent message, officers from Immigration Customs and Enforcement have been raiding workplaces and neighborhoods across the state, and across Durham, in the last two days.  We know that several of our students’ families have been directly impacted, and we are already hearing of the fear that is keeping students from going to school and families from taking care of their basic needs.  Please be aware that your students, and co-workers, may be suffering as a result of these actions, and approach one another with kindness, patience, and an “in this together” mentality.

For additional resources for educators hoping to learn more or better equip their students and co-workers in the midst of these actions, please click here. 

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