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AFT Innovation Fund

Teachers Leading on Standards Grant Program

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This is an opportunity for teachers to become more involved in standards. The AFT seeks to draw on teachers' wisdom and experience and provide members with financial resources to do work that they believe will be meaningful and contribute to the educational environment around standards.

Do you want to critique standards and the research behind them? How about offering feedback on the implementation of standards in your state or community? Or do you want to write new standards in a particular grade or subject?

Register here to view the application and supporting documents, and apply for a grant. For more information on what types of work could be funded, click here



The Results of Our Work

Our grantees are focused on producing innovations in their schools, districts, and communities that can be shared nationally. Click here to read about what they've done and to view and download their materials.


News & Highlights

Smooth morning for first day of school at Roger Sherman (8/27/2014)

Quincy continues to support informed implementation of standards, linking community and parents to schools. 

Advice from Alabama: To Really Learn CCSS, Dive In and Collaborate (3/14/2014)

Union President helped start extended day in Meriden schools (1/13/2014)

Meriden Teachers Showcase Progress of "Solution-Driven Approach, Improved Outcomes for Students (12/20/2013)

Meriden Schools Reap Benefits From Longer Days (11/12/2013) 

Meriden schools look to expand longer day to Sherman, Putnam (8/27/2013)

AFT panels focus on sound Common Core rollout (5/17/13)

AFT President Weingarten Lauds Teacher-Led, Collaborative Education Model (2/8/13)

AFT-backed charter school wins unanimous approval (12/20/12)

AFT Innovation Fund Invests in Expanded Learning Time (7/28/12)

AFT Innovation Fund is solution-driven unionism (7/28/12)

To Innovate, Look to Those Who Educate (4/15/12)

Minnesota Approves Nation's First Union-Backed Organization
To Authorize Charter Schools

AFT Announces New Innovation Fund Grant Recipients (7/12/11)

San Antonio's Lively Bilingual Event a Big Success (6/7/11)

N.Y. Local Showcases Labor-Management Collaboration (3/7/11)

Graduation Coaches Go To Bat for Kids—and Each Other (2/9/11)

AFT Educational Foundation Wins Federal Innovation Grant (8/5/10)

AFT Innovation Fund Announces New Investments (7/10/10)

Weingarten Highlights Unionized Charter School in Chicago (5/11/10)

Fight for America's Future Tour 2010: Chicago Talent Development High School