Press Release

AFT’s TEACH Conference - ‘Reclaiming the Promise: Uniting for Public Schools’ July 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers' TEACH conference, which draws about 3,000 teachers and other educators, will be held July 22-24 in Washington, D.C. AFT President Randi Weingarten's keynote speech will focus on educators and communities working together to reclaim the promise of public schools to ensure that all kids, not just some, get the public education they need to achieve their full potential.

The biennial event will feature four general sessions on: Common Core State Standards, advancing the teaching profession; the importance of labor-community partnerships; and safe schools. U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) will be a featured speaker marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

At a special July 23 evening event, each of the following celebrities will honor a public school teacher who made a difference in their lives: internationally acclaimed opera star Denyce Graves, originally from Washington, D.C.; actor Tony Danza, who was a full-time 10th-grade English teacher in Philadelphia in 2009-10; and MSNBC host Ed Schultz, originally from Norfolk, Va.

TEACH will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Between general sessions, educators will attend workshops on a host of education policy and pedagogical topics.

Highlights to date:

Monday, July 22:
12:30 p.m. – TEACH opens.
Approximately 1:20 p.m. – President Randi Weingarten's keynote speech.
4:15 p.m.—The Good, the Bad, the Promise and the Politics of the Common Core State Standards panel.

Tuesday, July 23:
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" with celebrities and the teachers who made a difference in their lives.

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

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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.