The Learning First Alliance, a coalition of 12 national education groups—including the AFT—that represent more than 10 million teachers, parents, administrators, specialists, and school board members, has pulled together research and best practices that can help build strong, thriving public schools. The Elements of Success: 10 Million Speak on Schools That Work identifies six elements common to successful schools: a focus on the total child; a commitment to equity and access; family and community engagement; distributed leadership; a strong, supported teaching force and staff; and a relationship-oriented school climate.


A new podcast produced by the Education Trust, ExtraOrdinary Districts, highlights three school districts—in Chicago, Illinois; Lexington, Massachusetts; and Steubenville, Ohio—identified by Stanford University as getting extraordinary results. Featuring interviews with teachers, principals, superintendents, researchers, union leaders, and others, the podcasts touch on the union role in each of the districts.


At a time of unprecedented threats to public education, the AFT remains committed to fighting for the middle class and our democracy. Our revamped member engagement website, called “All In,” helps support activists in this fight. Visit the site for resources to stay mobilized, connect with our allies, and engage with our communities. We are all in—standing together for a fair and vibrant economy that offers good jobs and opportunity to all; a system of great neighborhood public schools that nurture all children in a safe learning environment; public higher education that is affordable and inclusive; high-quality healthcare for all Americans; democracy rooted in pluralism and equality, with a free press and a thriving labor movement; and a just society where every person can be free from discrimination, bigotry, and bullying.

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American Educator, Spring 2018