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Mini-Plenary Sessions

NOTE: We have posted all the presentations from the sessions to make the information available to all the attendees. However, the materials do not necessarily represent AFT's position.

Monday, July 11
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Challenges and Opportunities for Labor/Management Partnerships: Research to Action
Presenters: Saul A. Rubinstein, associate professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University; Laura K. Rico, AFT vice president and past president, ABC Federation of Teachers (California); Paul Georges, president, United Teachers of Lowell (Massachusetts)
Track: Working Together to Improve Schools

The Condition of Education for Latino Students
Presenters: Juan Sepulveda, director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Jose Rico, deputy director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Track: Best Practices for English Language Learners

Creating a System Where All Students Graduate
Presenter: Robert Balfanz, director, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University
Track: High Schools and Adolescent Learners

Data-Influenced Decision-Making: Partnerships for Success
Presenters: Marian Flickinger, former president, Norfolk Federation of Teachers; Christine Harris, chief academic officer, Norfolk Public Schools
Tracks: Using Data Appropriately; Working Together to Improve Schools

Green Schools: The School Building as Teaching Tool
Presenters: Jennifer Wiedower, K-12 manager, Center for Green Schools, U.S. Green Building Council; Victoria Waters, chief executive officer and founder, Green Education Foundation
Track: Healthy Students, Healthy Schools

Taking the Lead on Teacher Development and Evaluation
Presenters: Frank Flynn, president, Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals; Colleen Callahan, director of professional issues, Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals; Maria Neira, vice president, New York State United Teachers and AFT vice president; Larry Waite, manager of educational services, New York State United Teachers
Track: Teacher Development and Evaluation Systems

Understanding English Language Variation in Schools
Presenters: Anne H. Charity Hudley, associate professor of English and linguistics, The College of William and Mary; Christine Mallinson, assistant professor, Language, Literacy and Culture Program, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Track: Pathways to Literacy

Using Extended Learning Time to Turn Around a School
Presenters: Ted Chambers, co-chair, professional issues committee, Boston Teachers Union; Ondrea Johnston, seventh-grade math teacher, Clarence R. Edwards Middle School, Boston; Ben Lummis, vice president, National Center on Time & Learning
Tracks: Promising Models; Schools to Watch

What Is the ‘School of One’?
Presenters: Joel Rose, founder and chief executive officer, School of One, New York City
Track: Schools to Watch

Why Are Finnish Students So Smart?
Presenter: Pasi Sahlberg, director general, National Center for International Mobility and Cooperation, Helsinki, Finland
Track: Promising Models