In Defense of Public Education

Join us for “In Defense of Public Education,” a major address on the current state and future of public education in the United States. AFT President Randi Weingarten will emphasize the vital role public education plays in providing broad-based opportunities for our children to thrive, despite the attacks by culture warriors.

Livestreaming Tuesday, March 28 at 9am Eastern

Professional Learning

PreK-12 Public Education

Professional Learning

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. (2022)
This catalog describes the professional development offerings available. Also included are recommended audience and duration; and how to contact us to schedule an event or training. (2021)
This high-quality, research-based professional development program consists of three-hour and fifteen-minute long modules that create a manageable way to connect with educators. The 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, and can be offered in a virtual setting as well. (2020)
This guide offers recommendations and advice for states and locals interested in building and sustaining a successful professional development program. These recommendations provide a framework as we collectively strive to shape a culture of professional unionism that retains the principles on which the AFT was founded. (2018)
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)
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)
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)
This brochure describes the benefits of PBL, some ways to go about it, and resources for incorporating PBL into your classroom. (2017)
Questions similar to the ones presented in this brochure should be considered as teachers implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and individual state science standards. (2017)