December 25, 2016
By Stephanie West
Washington DC – Teams of K-12 educators from locals around the nation gathered with AFT President Randi Weingarten on Dec. 10 for an online meeting about the school-related topics they’ll tackle in 2016-17 as part of the AFT Teacher Leaders Program. Thirteen participating sites took part in this month’s webinary.
Started in 2011, the Teacher Leaders Program is jointly supported by the national AFT and participating locals as a vehicle for individual classroom educators to identify, research, and chart actions tied to the challenges and opportunities that unfold in schools and communities every day.
The topics selected for discussion and followup cover the spectrum of school life: how music education supports social and emotional learning; the effect of recess on student behavior and academic achievement; mental health and discipline; professional development for cultural competencies; minority boys and suspension data; Latino students and testing; teacher retention policies; community schools; early childhood services; and alternative assessments.
Participants in the program have committed to spend one Saturday each month during the school year networking and collaborating with colleagues in their union.