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ERIC Number: ED502846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
The Albert Shanker Institute Five-Year Report, 2003-2008
Albert Shanker Institute
This report describes the Albert Shanker Institute's activities over the past five years in the areas of education, labor, and democracy. In the area of education, the Institute has sponsored a wide range of forums, seminars, reports, and other activities that highlight the best thinking and solid research on the most effective ways to improve teaching and schools. In the area of labor, the Institute's most important work has been to engage both the AFT and, more broadly, the AFL-CIO in examining the British labor movement's successful workplace development and union learning model, and supporting efforts to put this model into practice. In the democracy field, the Institute has organized key debates on the role of labor in the world and carried out a number of activities fostering worker rights and democracy. What may not come through in the explanations of individual activities, however, is the uniqueness of the Institute's approach: its openness, its love of debate, and its willingness to try new things, take up difficult topics, and issue controversial reports--all aimed at inciting needed change. Of great pride to the Shanker Institute is the seminar model that it has introduced--a blend of serious presentations and frank discussions, privately held, that involve all participants in developing solutions to problems. Another hallmark of the Institute's work is a constant search for the best research to ground and energize these discussions and the programs that flow from them. The Institute is also pleased to have brought together the two parts of a now divided labor movement in common discourse over how to promote worker rights and democracy abroad. It is engaged in fostering constructive education strategies by having union leaders, district leaders, and policy experts think and work together. The Institute's commitment to exploring new roles, agendas, and structures within the labor movement is also unflagging.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Albert Shanker Institute
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