TEACH 2019 Schedule

Wednesday, July 10

7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.AFT Lobby Day
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.Registration open
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.Activism Mini-Institute Sessions

Thursday, July 11

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.Registration open
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.Expo and Exhibit Hall open

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Concurrent sessions (continental breakfast provided)
11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.Lunch (On Your Own) and Expo and Exhibit Hall open
Noon - 1 p.m.Book signing: Amy Siskind, The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year (Expo)
1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Opening Plenary: Fighting to Protect Our Democracy in Our Schools and Communities

  • Mark Kelly Tyler, senior pastor, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Elizabeth Davis, president, Washington Teachers’ Union
  • Thomas Frank Jr., choir, musical and steel band director, James N. Gamble Montessori High School, Cincinnati, and vice president of organizing, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
  • Rosa Soto-Thomas, president, St. Croix Federation of Teachers
  • Kathryn Hyland, middle school literacy teacher, United Federation of Teachers, and lead plaintiff in Hyland, et al. v. Navient Corporation
  • Randi Weingarten, AFT president
  • Amy Siskind, activist and author of The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.Concurrent sessions
5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.Student Debt Clinic
 Planning for a Secure Retirement
 The World of Artificial Intelligence in Education: What do you envision as the ideal use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the classroom?
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Evening Discussion: Moving Forward Together to Fund Our Future
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.Fashion Show and Dessert Reception featuring teacher and comedian Mike Rivera

Friday, July 12

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Registration open
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.Concurrent sessions (continental breakfast provided)
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Plenary: Teaching and Reaching All Students

  • Stephanie Byrd, prekindergarten inclusion teacher, Boston Public Schools
  • Bob Cannatelli, flight attendant, Delta Airlines, and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers activist
  • Eliza Byard, executive director, GLSEN
  • Lorretta Johnson, AFT secretary-treasurer
  • Chris Emdin, associate professor, Teachers College, Columbia University, and author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood … and the Rest of Y’all Too
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.Lunch (On Your Own) and Expo and Exhibit Hall open
Noon - 12:30 p.m.Book signing: Chris Emdin, associate professor, Teachers College, Columbia University, and author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood … and the Rest of Y’all Too (Expo)
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Concurrent sessions
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Concurrent sessions
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.Expo and Exhibit Hall open

Saturday, July 13

8 a.m. – noonRegistration open
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.Expo and Exhibit Hall open
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.Concurrent sessions
Noon – 2 p.m.

Lunch/Closing Plenary: Making Our Schools Safe, Supportive and Responsive Learning Environments

  • Yasmine Arrington, founder and executive director, ScholarCHIPS, and Peace First Fellow
  • Tony Weaver, founder, Weird Enough Productions, and Peace First Fellow
  • Diana Alqadhi, English language development specialist, Dearborn (Mich.) Public Schools
  • Norieah Ahmed, child accounting secretary, Dearborn Public Schools
  • Mary Cathryn Ricker, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Education, and former AFT executive vice president
  • Marc Brackett, director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and professor, Child Study Center, Yale University
  • Randi Weingarten, AFT president


As of July 8, 2019