Empathy informs member’s political work

Ohio paraprofessional Oliver Collins is canvassing and phone banking for Hillary Clinton in the final few days of the campaign, summoning up the empathy he uses every day in his job as a special ed para.

From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a telephone town hall meeting, the AFT has focused intense energy on reauthorization of the keystone federal law for K-12 education: the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. - See more at:
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'The day my union gave me a voice'

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.

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PSRPs fight for professionalism

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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Standards for a Profession

The report of the AFT's Committee on Paraprofessional Certification provides an overview of the AFT’s position on the role and responsibilities of instructional paraprofessionals and the skills and knowledge required to do this important work.

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