From: Roger Glass, Editor TCHR.eNews
Subject: News from AFT Teachers, July 2011
----News from AFT Teachers, July 2011----
A TEACHable moment
Thousands of classroom teachers flocked to Washington, D.C., this month for TEACH, the AFT's biennial education conference. One theme woven throughout the proceedings couldn't have been more timely or vital: Keep the voice of people who do the work inside the education decisions that affect the work
You'll find AFT president Randi Weingarten's keynote address, along with many other TEACH-related photos, videos and follow-up materials here: http://www.aft.org/teach2011.
And even though the conference is over, AFT TEACH's Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/AFTteach), Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/AFTteach) and website (http://www.aft.org/teach) will offer professional resources year-round.
An engaged and energized labor movement
In states across the country, educators, firefighters, police officers and other public employees have faced off with governors and state legislatures bent on rolling back the gains made by these workers. The battles have galvanized the labor movement and our allies. In late June, the We Are Ohio coalition delivered petitions with nearly 1.3 million signatures to the office of the Ohio secretary of state in support of a referendum that would give Ohioans an opportunity to repeal the state's anti-worker collective bargaining law when they vote on Nov. 8. The secretary of state has since certified the signatures on the petition, and the referendum will be on the November ballot.
Read more on AFT.org: http://www.aft.org/newspubs/news/2011/062911ohio.cfm,
and watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6VVK-wOY74
AFT Voices -
What is the number one issue affecting our country and why?
Submit your comment: http://www.aft.org/voices/submitcomment.cfm?qid=98
Read other comments: http://www.aft.org/voices/singlequestion.cfm?qid=98
Getting serious about a skilled teacher workforce
The AFT joined with the American Association of School Administrators this summer to launch a groundbreaking partnership based on their commitment to ensure a skilled teacher workforce for today's knowledge-based economy. The two organizations have adopted a framework to continuously improve the nation's teaching force, revamp teacher development and evaluation systems, and provide teachers and schools the tools and support they need. The framework is based on the principles that most successful countries use to develop and sustain a highly trained and well-supported educator workforce.
Read the joint press statement here: http://www.aft.org/newspubs/press/2011/062911.cfm
Reaching all kids
The latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher pinpoints four elements that teachers need to reach all kids: opportunities for collaborative teaching, access to online tools that help tailor their students' education, better diagnostic tools, and instructional strategies for classrooms with many English language learners.
Learn more about the results here: http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americanteacher/at_mayjun11.pdf#page=9
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Jen Conant posted: "I don't think anyone is against cuts in the budget. But they need to be the right cuts, which don't include education, Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security. Those are straight-up attacks on working families and senior citizens."
AFT members are Making a Difference Every Day!
Second-grade teacher Jessica Villicana, from Tampa, Fla., says the joys of teaching boil down to two things: the way kids laugh and the excitement they feel when they understand something.
Watch this video to see how Jessica is making a difference every day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_koClqDt-8