Press Release

AFT’s TEACH Conference to Highlight Successful Education Reforms

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Scott Stephens

AFT President Randi Weingarten, Nobel Prize-Winner Paul Krugman
to Address 2,500 Educators
Washington, D.C., July 11-13

WASHINGTON—Educators are making a difference every day. Even against the backdrop of massive budget cuts and attacks on their profession, they are preparing children for life, college and career. The American Federation of Teachers’ TEACH conference will showcase successful education reforms and programs that have lifted many school districts and countries to academic heights.

The AFT’s 2011 TEACH (Together Educating America’s Children) conference will be held in Washington, D.C., July 11-13. An audience of about 2,500 educators from across the nation will hear addresses from AFT President Randi Weingarten; Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman; and Pasi Sahlberg, an expert on the education system in Finland.

TEACH (formerly known as QuEST) will also include 28 mini-plenary sessions that will feature well-known speakers including Robert Balfanz, director of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University; writer Karin Chenoweth; filmmakers Lee Hirsch and Dan Habib; and Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

The sessions will focus on a wide range of issues, including the Common Core State Standards, teacher development and evaluation systems, labor-management collaboration, and community partnerships. The union will also announce a third round of grants by the AFT Innovation Fund.

All events are at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road N.W., Washington, DC. Reporters are welcome to cover the conference. For those who cannot attend, the plenary sessions will be streamed live. Register for one or all of these events at Reporters also can follow the conference on Twitter using #TCH11.

For a full agenda, go to Highlights include:

Monday July 11:

Keynote by President Weingarten, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

(Media availability, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in the Jackson Room)

Address by Paul Krugman, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Address by Pasi Sahlberg, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.