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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.

Tuesday, July 12
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 

The AFT Teacher Development and Evaluation Framework
Presenters: Stephanie Myers, assistant director, Educational Issues Department, AFT; Brenda Smith, Douglas County (Colo.) Federation of Teachers; Primrose Cameron-Hall, professional development and membership specialist, Volusia (Florida) Teachers Organization
Track: Teacher Development and Evaluation Systems

Changing the World Together in Pittsburgh
Presenters: John Tarka, president, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and AFT vice president; Linda Lane, superintendent, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Tracks: Working Together to Improve Schools; Engaging with the Community

Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives
Presenters: David L. Kirp, professor and author of Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Tranforming Children’s Lives and America’s Future, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley; Kevin Ahern, president, Syracuse Teachers Association; Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, president, Say Yes To Education, Inc.
Track: Engaging with the Community

Making the Best of Federal School Improvement Grants
Presenters: Mary Cathryn Ricker, president, St. Paul (Minn.) Federation of Teachers; Marietta English, president, Baltimore Teachers Union; David Quolke, president, Cleveland Teachers Union
Track: Working Together to Improve Schools

Next Generation Common Core Assessments
Presenters: Joe Willhoft, executive director, SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium; Laura McGiffert Slover, senior vice president, Achieve, Inc., representing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
Tracks: Common Core State Standards; Using Data Appropriately

The Pedagogy of Confidence
Presenter: Yvette Jackson, chief executive officer, National Urban Alliance
Track: Strengthening Teaching Practice

Rethinking the High School Schedule: Generation Schools
Presenters: Ronald Singh, teacher, Brooklyn Generation School; Jonathan Spear, co-founder, Generation Schools Network; Eli Forsythe, humanities teacher, Brooklyn Generation School, United Federation of Teachers chapter leader
Tracks: Schools to Watch; High Schools and Adolescent Learners

School-Based Interdisciplinary Teams: Working Together to Improve Children’s Health and Learning
Presenters: Kathleen Usaj, social worker and coordinator, Graduate School Social Work Internship Program, Cleveland Teachers Union; Juliette Madigan, school psychologist, Cleveland Metro School District; Patricia A. Forrai-Gunter, school nurse and executive board member, Cleveland Teachers Union
Track: Healthy Students, Healthy Schools

Secrets to Success in High-Needs Schools
Presenter: Karin Chenoweth, writer-in-residence, The Education Trust
Track: High Schools and Adolescent Learners