May 9, 2011
AFT President Randi Weingarten Visits White Plains Schools,
Praises Educators for ‘Making a Difference Every Day’
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten visited two White Plains schools today to learn about the district’s collaborative efforts to improve teacher evaluations and to highlight the district’s successes in educating a diverse student population.
“Teachers and school administrators here value and respect each other, and that translates into solid outcomes for students in White Plains,” Weingarten said.
Weingarten was joined by New York State United Teachers President Richard Iannuzzi, who also is an AFT vice president, and White Plains Teachers Association President Kerry Broderick. In addition to visiting classrooms at White Plains High School and Highlands Middle School, they watched a presentation of the district’s work on using student data as one component of teacher evaluations, including value-added measures based on student test scores.
“Student learning has a role in teacher evaluations, and it’s great that White Plains is going about it in a thoughtful, collaborative way,” Weingarten said. “In too many places, it’s being done haphazardly and with little input from teachers, and the result is a system that isn’t accurate or fair,” she added.
Weingarten also joined a roundtable discussion with White Plains High School students and teachers, where students talked about what they need and want to ensure they are academically successful. She also met with local educators and community leaders at a luncheon at the school district’s staff development center.
The day’s events in White Plains were part of the AFT’s “Making a Difference Every Day” campaign to spotlight educators and other public employees whose work has a positive impact on the students and communities they serve.
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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.