Press Release

AFT’s TEACH Conference—July 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

For Release: 

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Janet Bass

Two Reports to Be Released:
National Poll on Parents' Expectations of Public Schools and
Report on Costs of Over-testing

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers' TEACH conference on July 22-24 will focus on what it will take to reclaim the promise of public education so that all children can succeed.

On Monday, AFT President Randi Weingarten's keynote speech will lay out the AFT's effort to ensure that public education pivots to what works to improve public education for all kids. The AFT also will release a national poll on parents' expectations for public schools.

On Tuesday, the AFT will release a report exploring the financial and instructional costs of excessive testing in two medium-sized urban school districts. In the evening, a special event will feature three celebrities and the teachers who made a difference in their lives: MSNBC's Ed Schultz, honoring Maury High School in Norfolk, Va.; opera star Denyce Graves and her Washington, D.C., teacher; and guest speaker-actor Tony Danza and his co-teacher from their teaching at a Philadelphia high school.

TEACH will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Click here for a complete schedule of general sessions and workshops on a host of education policy and pedagogical topics.

Reporters attending must first pick up press credentials in the hotel's Jefferson Room.

All general session events will be held in the Marriott Ballroom, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, July 22:
12:30 p.m.—TEACH opens
Approximately 1:20 p.m.—President Randi Weingarten's keynote speech
Release of national poll of parents
2:30 p.m.—Media availability with Weingarten. Truman/Tyler Room
4:15 p.m.—"Common Core: The Good, the Bad, the Promise and the Politics" panel

Tuesday, July 23:
Release of testing report.
10:30 a.m.—" Advancing Our Profession" panel, announcement of next Innovation Fund grantees and new AFT Solution-Driven Unionism Prize
2:45 p.m.—"Building our Strength Through Partnerships" panel, including Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)
7:30 p.m. – "Making a Difference" event with celebrities and the teachers who made a difference in their lives

Wednesday, July 24:
11 a.m. – "Safe and Welcoming Schools" panel

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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.