AFT affiliates shine at labor-management conference

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Leaders and members of AFT affiliates joined local, state and national education leaders from across the country to explore partnerships that lead to effective implementation of college- and career-ready (CCR) standards.

Teams from 32 districts and four states participated in the conference, held Feb. 27-28 in St. Louis, which examined how school leaders, teachers and other staff can work together to ensure CCR standards are successfully integrated into classrooms across the country. The event was co-sponsored by the AFT, the U.S. Department of Education, the School Superintendents Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Council of the Great City Schools, the National Education Association, the National School Boards Association, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

The six national membership organizations released a new joint tool at the conference, "On the Same Page: Effective Implementation of College- and Career-Ready Standards through Labor-Management Collaboration." The publication will assist administrators, teacher union leaders and school board members across the country in developing a plan that addresses the necessary components for effective implementation of the standards.

AFT President Randi Weingarten participated in an opening session roundtable discussion on the need for school improvement based on real collaboration. Weingarten drew a comparison to classroom teaching and learning that reflects the standards: "There is a need for trust, transparency, tools, teamwork and time for thinking in order to transform relationships both in the classroom and at the district and state levels."

The 2014 event was the third Labor-Management Collaboration Conference.

Below is a list of this year’s participants:

State teams


District teams

ABC Unified School District*
Poway Unified School District
San Juan Unified School District

Meriden Public Schools

Broward County Public Schools
Escambia County School District
Hillsborough County Public Schools

Sandoval Community Unit School District 501

Baltimore City Public Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools
Prince George's County Public Schools

Revere Public Schools

Farmington Public Schools

St. Louis Public Schools

North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Washoe County School District

New York
Greece Central School District
Marlboro Central School District
North Syracuse Central School District
Poughkeepsie City School District

Berea City School District
Cincinnati Public Schools
Cleveland Metropolitan School District*
Columbus School District
Ohio Appalachian Collaborative
Toledo Public Schools

Beaverton School District
Dallas School District
Springfield Public Schools

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

Bellevue School District
Seattle Public Schools

*Indicates presenting team

[Mike Rose, Kathy Buzad]

March 11, 2014