AFT Vice President
David J. Quolke has served as president of the Cleveland Teachers Union since 2008. Prior to that, he was an orientation and mobility instructor working with blind and visually impaired students in the Cleveland public schools Throughout his career, Quolke has been a passionate advocate for students with disabilities and harnesses that same enthusiasm as an advocate for all children, educators and public education.
Quolke is a past co-chair of Ohio 8, a coalition of superintendents and teacher union presidents in Ohio's eight urban school districts. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and is on the executive board of the North Shore Federation of Labor and the Ohio AFL-CIO. Under his progressive leadership, the Cleveland Teachers Union has been at the forefront in developing a new Teacher Development and Evaluation System, taking the lead on implementing the new Common Core standards and collaborating with the district and national partners to implement a strong social and emotional learning curriculum. CTU's 2013 collective bargaining agreement has been cited as a groundbreaking contract focused on collaboration and includes a new differentiated compensation system.
Under his leadership, the union secured an AFT Innovation Fund grant to develop strong lesson plans tied to the new standards, developed by Cleveland teachers and shared nationwide on "Share My Lesson." Despite unprecedented attacks on public education and public employees, Quolke's tenure has been focused on solution-driven unionism and a passionate advocacy for members and children.