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  • The Social Side of Education: How Social Aspects of Schools & School Systems Shape Teaching & Learning

    April 8, 2016

    The notion that teaching and learning are social endeavors may seem obvious. Yet, the implications of that statement for research, policy and practice are less so. This conference foregrounds recent evidence showing that social aspects of schools and school systems deeply influence school improvement. The conference will also encourage in-depth debate on the practical implications of this evidence. Watch the videos here.

  • "No Excuses" Schools and the Education of Impoverished Students of Color

    March 9, 2016

    "No Excuses" Schools and the Education of Impoverished Students of Color. March 9, 2016, noon to 2:00 pm, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001. More information and registration Watch the video..

  • Conversation on Teacher Diversity

    March 8, 2016

    Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Howard University School of Education,Teach For America, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Albert Shanker Institute, this panel discussed why teacher diversity is important and how it can be strengthened through recruitment, retention, and continued support for teachers of color. Watch the video and downloard the ASI report here.

  • Where We Live and Where We Learn

    February 10, 2016

  • Teacher Tenure: An Outmoded "Job For Life" or Essential Right to Due Process?

    January 13, 2016

    In this panel, we will explore divergent viewpoints by focusing on what tenure laws actually consist of, how they work in practice, how they might be improved, and, of course, their impact on important outcomes such as teacher retention and student achievement. Watch the video.
  • Quality Teaching: Individual and Social Approaches

    December 7, 2015

    This two-panel conversation focused on theresults of the annual “PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes toward the Public Schools,” and their implications for policy and practice, taking on the question of how government, schools of education, school districts and schools can promote, nurture and support quality teaching. Watch the video.

  • Kent Wong Conversation, Lunch and Book Signing

    November 19, 2015

    Join us at the AFT for a conversation, lunch and book signing with Kent Wong, the director of the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education on Thursday, Nov. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wong will discuss the center’s latest book, Dreams Deported: Immigrant Youth and Families Resist Deportation, featuring stories of deportation and the courageous immigrant youth and families who have led the national campaign against deportations and successfully challenged the president of the United States to act. RSVP: bookevent@aft.org.

  • Positive Alternatives to Suspending And Expelling Misbehaving Students in Early Childhood Education

    November 4, 2015

    Recent research and news reports show that even very young children--and particularly young children of color--can be subject to harsh and overly punitive school disciplinary practices. At the same time, the need for schools to be safe and orderly places to teach and to learn remains a top priority in poll after poll of parents and the public.These are the issues our speakers will discuss.

  • Creating Safe & Supportive Schools II: Next Steps

    November 4, 2015

    The focus of this Good Schools seminar was to share effective policies and strategies to enhance school climate, mitigate behavior problems, and support improved performance, with special attention to supporting labor-management teams as they work to comply with new rules and guidelines on behavior management. The discussion bridged a wide range of topics, including: schools as caring communities; providing the social, emotional and medical supports that students need; the challenge of implicit bias; and alternative behavior and classroom management strategies

  • Florida Education Reform Under Jeb Bush: Miracle or Mirage?

    October 14, 2015

    The panelists examined the Florida reforms and their educational impact from a variety of perspectives—from the educational frontline in classrooms and schools to the overview of system analysts.. Watch the video.

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