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Vitucci, Robin; Brown, Marjorie – American Educator, 2019
Teacher leadership is vital to student success, with research finding positive connections between student achievement and teacher leadership and collaboration. While teacher leadership is certainly not a new idea, it is increasingly important in the nation's current climate to ensure students are taught in environments that are focused on their…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Faculty Development, Unions, Educational Policy
Kuryla, John – American Educator, 2019
Professional educators--in the classroom, library, counseling center, or anywhere in between--share one overarching goal: ensuring all students receive the rich, well-rounded education they need to be productive, engaged citizens. In this regular feature, we explore the work of professional educators--their accomplishments and their challenges--so…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Unions, Presidents, Union Members
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2018
The Peer Support Partnership is an intensive, one-year mentorship program in which 11 veteran teachers work with approximately 150 of the 300 to 400 new teachers hired each year by the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), Texas. A joint effort of the SAISD and the local union, the program was created three years ago to improve teacher…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers, Partnerships in Education
Shelton, Jon – American Educator, 2018
Our nation is at a crossroads. The fight to reclaim our country and restore democracy must come from the bottom up and must be rooted at the local level. Those who teach, now more than ever, represent the crucial linchpin in this struggle. In his book "Teacher Strike!: Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order,"…
Descriptors: Unions, Democracy, Teacher Associations, Conflict of Interest
Capo, Zeph – American Educator, 2018
It's no secret that organized labor and public education face a time of great uncertainty. Our country's current president and secretary of education, according to this author, have made clear their intent to support corporate greed at the expense of working people and their unions and to champion privatization schemes that undermine public…
Descriptors: Unions, Public Education, Social Change, Teacher Associations
Kahlenburg, Richard D. – American Educator, 2017
Historically, teachers unions have played a special role in strengthening democratic cultures, and they are urgently called on to do so again. What is needed now more than ever says Kahlenberg, is a "social justice unionism" that goes beyond the narrow self-interest of members in bargaining for better wages and benefits to also engage in…
Descriptors: Social Change, Resistance to Change, Unions, Activism
Fortino, Catalina R. – American Educator, 2017
This article discusses the creation and promise of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) resolution "¡Si Se Puede!: Improving Outcomes for Latino Children and Youth and Addressing the Needs of the Latino Community." The resolution affirms the AFT's commitment to elevating the importance of Latino issues. As a union committed to…
Descriptors: Unions, Family Programs, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit)
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2016
For more than four years, the AFT has guided the efforts of a public-private partnership to bring much-needed resources and services to McDowell County, West Virginia, a geographically isolated area in the heart of Appalachia. Known as Reconnecting McDowell, the initiative has also encouraged a renewed emphasis on improving education by focusing…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Partnerships in Education, Community Schools
Johnson, Loretta – American Educator, 2016
In this article, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Lorretta Johnson reflects on her early work as a paraprofessional at Liberty Elementary School (Baltimore, Maryland) and what sparked her union activism nearly 50 years ago in 1966. It was that year that she and her colleagues joined the Baltimore Teachers Union…
Descriptors: Reflection, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Unions, Activism
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2016
Together, a school district and a local union are working to ensure that educators are trained in restorative practices in order to improve school climates and keep students in school and learning. This article describes how, in recent years, administrators and teachers have shifted from traditional school punishments, such as suspension, to…
Descriptors: Discipline, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Punishment
Kitchell, Susan – American Educator, 2016
Susan Kitchell decided to become a school-based healthcare provider after working for more than twenty years in pediatrics and pediatric critical care at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. She needed a position with daytime hours within her field of expertise that allowed her time to spend with her family. She began working as a school nurse in…
Descriptors: School Nurses, Personal Narratives, School Health Services, Role
Kahlenberg, Richard D.; Potter, Halley – American Educator, 2015
In 1988, education reformer and American Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker proposed a new kind of public school--"charter schools"--which would allow teachers to experiment with innovative approaches to educating students. Publicly funded but independently managed, these schools would be given a charter to try their fresh…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Educational Administration
Fought, Eric S. – American Educator, 2015
This article describes a group of dedicated educators who, in the midst of a constant barrage of attacks, dramatically changed the conversation. It is the story of a union that recognized that, in order to bring about the transformation necessary for the betterment of the entire community, its members needed to transform the way in which it…
Descriptors: Unions, School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Collective Bargaining
Kugler, Phil – American Educator, 2014
When he first came to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in 1973, reports Phil Kugler, there was no such thing as labor-management collaboration. It was a term he had never heard of, and no one used it. Back then, the focus was on supporting local unions in their struggles to win collective bargaining rights. At the time, teachers were…
Descriptors: Labor Relations, Unions, Collective Bargaining, Educational History
Anrig, Greg – American Educator, 2014
In recent years, rigorous studies have shown that effective public schools are built on strong collaborative relationships between administrators and teachers. The two largest national teachers' unions--the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association--have embarked on major initiatives to promote greater collaboration,…
Descriptors: Interprofessional Relationship, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Unions, Cooperation
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