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Past Events

  • 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.

  • Conversation Series, 2014-2015

    September 1, 2014

    Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers, this conversation series is designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. We deliberately invite speakers with diverse perspectives, including views other than those of the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute. What is important is that these participants are committed to genuine engagement with each other. Watch the past conversations and register for upcoming conversations.

  • Chinese Labor Movement: Which Way Forward?

    June 25, 2014

    In April, approximately 40,000 workers struck the footwear manufacturing facilities operated by Yue Yuen Industrial, a global supplier of shoes for brands such as Adidas and Nike.

  • Educational Justice and the Integration of American Schools

    June 11, 2014

    As we mark the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the promise of that historic decision remains unfulfilled. Watch the Conversation.
  • Governing American Education: The Elusive Public in Public Education

    May 14, 2014

    The American ideal of “public education” has historically included a robust and complex conception of what it meant for education to be “public.”

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