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Past Events

  • A Diverse Teacher Force

    March 13, 2015

    There is concern that, as the U.S. population and student body is growing more racially and ethically diverse, the teacher workforce does not yet reflect this diversity. In fact, diversity should go beyond having more black and brown teachers in front of students. Diversity is also about equipping all teachers (regardless of race) to work with heterogeneous classrooms and diverse schools. Watch the video.

  • Is There A Pension Crisis?

    March 11, 2015

    Elected officials seeking to diminish the pensions of public sector employees have argued that they are responding to a fiscal crisis. Is this crisis real or contrived? March 11, noon-2.
  • ESEA at 50: The Federal Government and Equity in American Education

    February 18, 2015

    The basic provisions of Title I have barely changed in 50 years, and neither has the persistent inequality of educational opportunities offered to poor children. What more should Congress do? Watch the video.

  • American Labor Movement at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies

    January 15, 2015

    This conference examines new thinking and new initiatives in labor organizing, viewing them critically in the light of ongoing union imperatives of cultivating member activism and involvement, fostering democratic self-governance and building the collective power of working people.

  • The Emergence of the "Precariat": What Does The Loss of Stable Well-Compensated Employment Mean For Education?

    January 14, 2015

    The emergence of the global knowledge economy has revolutionized the nature of work in America – for the worse. Watch the Conversation.
  • Losing Our Way: Book Event with Bob Herbert and Randi Weingarten

    December 1, 2014

    In his 18 years as an opinion columnist for the New York Times, Bob Herbert championed the working poor and middle class. After filing his last column in 2011, he set off on a journey across the country to report on Americans who were being left behind in an economy that has never fully recovered from the Great Recession. The portraits of those he encountered fuel his new book, Losing Our Way.

  • The Next Generation of Differentiated Compensation: What Next?

    November 12, 2014

    This panel will examine the terrain of teacher compensation from a number of different perspectives, offering their recommendations on what a good compensation policy would entail. Watch the Conversation.

  • How Do We Get Experienced, Accomplished Teachers Into High Need Schools?

    October 8, 2014

    From a variety of different perspectives, our panel will address two vital questions: What are the systemic causes of this mismatch of educational resources and educational need? What policies could be adopted to remedy this mismatch, and attract experienced, accomplished teachers into schools with high educational need? Watch the Conversation.

  • This is Not A Test: Jose Vilson Book Event

    September 24, 2014

    This book follows the author through his coming-of-age story, beginning as a naïve young man growing up in the drug-tainted, community-centered projects of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and continuing through his struggles to mature and give back through a career teaching middle school math.

  • A New Social Compact for American Education: Fixing Our Broken Accountability System

    September 10, 2014

    Twelve years after the passage of No Child Left Behind and five years into Race to the Top, America finds itself in a ‘test and punish’ system of school accountability that poorly serves the nation and its students. Watch the Conversation.

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