January 25, 2011
AFT To Take Center Stage at National Collaboration Conference
WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers affiliates will take center stage at a national conference next month highlighting a collaborative, problem-solving approach that has led to less friction between school administrators and union members, expedited progress in developing education reforms, and better results for students.
“When collaboration trumps conflict, it helps create the conditions for teachers to teach and students to learn. School leaders and teachers unions, working as partners, have been able to develop strategies to transform struggling schools, revamp teacher evaluation systems to inform instruction and boost student achievement, and engage parents and the community in building stronger public schools,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten.
Weingarten, a champion of district-union partnerships, will join U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other national leaders at “Advancing Student Achievement Through Labor-Management Collaboration,” a conference to be held in Denver, Feb. 15-16. The AFT is a sponsor of the Denver conference and hosted its own, similar conference last year, bringing together teams from 35 school districts to share ideas about how to translate a collaborative approach into concrete improvements for schools and students.
The AFT affiliates highlighted at the conference are those in the ABC Unified (Calif.) School District; Baltimore; the District of Columbia; Douglas County, Colo.; Helena, Mont.; Hillsborough County, Fla.; New Haven, Conn.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; and St. Francis, Minn.
Media should contact the U.S. Department of Education for information about attending or covering the conference.
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.