Inspired by personal stories, education support staff learned from each other and took away new tools at the AFT PSRP conference this spring in Las Vegas.
AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson started out as a paraprofessional who, after a snowstorm, watched as paras were left alone without pay to keep kids safe. The debacle inspired Johnson to launch her first organizing drive.
Even months later, Kris Schwarzkopf still gets choked up remembering the night she was awarded the highest honor an AFT PSRP leader can receive: the Albert Shanker Pioneer Award.
Defining what it means to be professional. Identifying needs. Eliminating barriers. That’s the mission of our task force on professionalism, whose PSRP members weigh in on critical issues for support staff.
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Nearly 100 years ago, on May 9, 1916, the American Federation of Teachers was founded. These photos capture historic AFT moments from the last century—but which do you like best? You choose: The top five will be made into postcards to share at this summer’s AFT convention.
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