PreK-12 Public Education Professional Learning

Professional Learning & You

Members of the AFT have access to a variety of programs and resources designed to enhance your professional growth. Many of these opportunities are detailed in this brochure. By addressing the professional needs of our educator members, we are able to help them become even more successful in their careers; in their union; in the institutions in which they work; and in serving the students, families and communities they serve. (2018)

Social Context of the Classroom

What are the best approaches for implementing nonacademic supports and assessing student performance and school success? Two simple approaches would be to ask a student through the use of surveys and to enlist the expertise of those who spend the most time with our youth in schools every day. There is also a growing body of evidence-based research that decision-makers can draw upon to build the right systems of support. This research brief discusses these findings to help inform and support teaching quality and student learning as it relates to nonacademic competencies. (2017)

Guide to Planning Family Science Nights

With the release of new science standards and a shift toward taking a more integrated approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the time is ripe for amplifying STEM education in your school. Hosting a family science or STEM night is one way to do this and has been practiced in schools for generations. This guide is designed to bring new ideas to an age-old practice and to help educators design a plan for their first extravaganza! (2017)

How to Run a Professional Learning Community in Science

A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators who get together to collaborate on student learning. This brochure goes through the basics of setting up a PLC, including establishing group norms, setting SMART goals, developing essential questions to lead PLC discussions, creating benchmarks to monitor student performance and analyzing data. (2017)

Strategies for Student Success

This high-quality, research-based professional learning program consists of three-hour-long modules that create a manageable way to connect with educators. The SSS modules address teaching and learning in a way that benefits both new and veteran teachers. The content in the modules can be tailored to benefit individuals, groups and the whole school. (2017)