ERIC Number: ED471236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Report of the AFT Task Force on Union-Sponsored Professional Development.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
This report presents an expanded vision for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) as a professional union that advocates for its members and that, through collaborative labor management relations, assumes joint custody for ensuring the quality of institutions in which members work and services they provide. The report calls on the AFT to elevate professional issues, particularly professional development, to a more prominent role in the organization and to ensure that helping members improve their professional practice is integrated into the union's core mission. AFT Task Force recommendations emphasize building the capacity of union leaders and staff to carry out this work, focusing on professional development issues that run across various levels of the union and those that are specific to a particular level of union. Recommendations address both process and content. Each recommendation includes actions for the national AFT and corollary actions for state and local affiliates. Recommendations include that the AFT better align internal organizational structures and practices with an enhanced commitment to professional issues and professional development for leaders and members; review AFT professional development efforts; and provide ongoing information about, and support for, professional issues and development. Two appendixes include attributes of a true profession and research-based characteristics of effective professional development. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Labor Relations, Teacher Associations, Teacher Improvement, Unions
American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001-2079. Tel: 202-879-4491.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.