06/26/2017

Share My Lesson tailors pages to affiliate needs

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Does your union have an educational focus for the school year that you'd like to address? Share My Lesson can help! The popular AFT resource now offers affiliate pages that feature our best resources—compiled for your specific needs.

Share My Lesson's new AFT Pennsylvania page recently debuted with an affiliate-shaped emphasis on educator evaluation. At the local level, affiliate-tailored pages have launched for the Washington Teachers' Union, McDowell County, W.Va., and the United Federation of Teachers, where the focus is on new teachers.

Pennsylvania marks Share My Lesson's first state affiliate page. Pennsylvania follows the Danielson framework when it comes to educator evaluation, and AFT Pennsylvania is responding with resources that best align to each evaluation domain, something helpful for new and veteran teachers alike. Share My Lesson member Amber Chandler, who is also a member of the AFT local in Hamburg, N.Y., and a regular presenter on the Danielson framework, worked to build most of the content found on the state federation's page. Her original documents and suggested resources were shared with AFT Pennsylvania members who served as advisers and contributors as the page was being created.

Creation of these tailored sites takes about six weeks. The most popular page packages will focus on these themes: new teachers; classroom/behavior management; professional development; standards; reading and writing foundational skills; bullying prevention; safe, welcoming schools; and immigrant students.

Pages are now in the pipeline for the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. And in Florida, the state federation and Volusia United Educators are also building tailored pages. For details on the project and ways to participate, contact Natalie Dean.

[Natalie Dean]