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Past Events

  • Good Schools IV / Using the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act To Advance the Good Schools Agenda

    April 20, 2009

    In addition to shoring up decimated education budgets, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is a possible funding source for state and local education reform efforts. This seminar examines what the law really says and the sorts of projects it might fund to: improve teacher quality, develop effective curriculum, improve the achievement of low-performing students, develop useful assessments, etc.

  • Assisting Independent Trade Unions in Cuba

    April 1, 2009

    In cooperation with the Committee for Free Trade Unionism (CFTU) headed by AFL-CIO President Emeritus Tom Donahue, Freeodm House, the National Endowment for Democracy and the 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund, the Institute sponsored a conference in April 2009 which examined current conditions on workers in Cuba and the prospects for change on the island nation suffering under political repression. The keynote address was delivered by Pedro Alvarez Ramos, one of the leading voices in the exile of Cuban workers and their struggle to create representative unions free of State or Party control. The conference brought together a diverse and broad group of labor leaders, journalists, activists, and human rights groups.

  • Good Schools III / Teacher Pay and Staffing Policies: What Works, What Doesn’t

    November 19, 2008

    In this November 2008 Good Schools Seminar, panelists including Doug Harris, David Osher, and Randi Weingarten discuss the evidence and policy on compensation and staffing policies for teachers in the U.S.

  • Creating Jobs: Delivering Education and Skills; Expanding Labor’s Role

    May 2, 2008

    This June 2008 meeting focused on three priorities: (1) the need for a seamless web of providers from high schools to community colleges and universities to unions and employers; (2) technology and how teaching is delivered; and (3) access to learning in multiple settings.

  • Good Schools II / Developing the Teaching Corps We Need

    January 29, 2008

    This seminar series is part of an effort to build a network of union leaders, district superintendents, and researchers to work collaboratively on improving public education through a focus on teaching.

  • Labor Law Reform in China: What Are The Implications for Worker Rights? For Political Liberalization?

    January 2, 2008

    In January 2008 the Institute sponsored a second conference entitled Labor Law Reform in China: What Are The Implications for Worker Rights? For Political Liberalization?

  • Good Schools I / Unions, Teaching Quality and Student Achievement

    June 4, 2007

    This is the first in a series of two-day seminars, designed to help build a network of union leaders, district superintendents, and researchers to work collaboratively on improving public education through a focus on teaching.

  • Middle East Leadership Study Trip

    May 2, 2007

    The Albert Shanker Institute, in partnership with the AFT, organized an eight-person union leadership study trip to the Middle East in May 2007.

  • What Do We Really Know About High School Dropout Rates & What Can Be Done To Improve Them?

    May 2, 2007

    The reliability of the data on high school dropout and graduation rates and the best way to calculate them have recently become the subject of intense debate, often generating more heat than light. What are the hidden assumptions and implications behind the dueling methodologies? What can we say with some certainty about how many students leave school prior to graduation, when, and why? And, more importantly, what do we really know about the policies and programs that are most effective in preventing dropouts and promoting school success?

  • The Challenge for Democracy in the Middle East: The Art of the Possible

    February 2, 2007

    The Institute sponsored this conference on the challange of developing practical international programs to implement the traditional commitment of the labor movement to democracy and democratic institutions in the core Middle East region. It challenged participants to help conceive innovative, practical program approaches for the Middle East region.

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