All four of the conference’s general sessions will be streamed live online so you can follow along. Register now to view these engaging sessions online:
Monday, July 11, at 1 p.m. EDT – You and the AFT – Making a Difference Every Day
AFT president Randi Weingarten speaks on the union’s role in addressing the critical issues facing public education today; best practices in the United States and abroad that strengthen teaching and improve student achievement; and the importance of building confidence and support for public schools in the broader community.
Monday, July 11, at 4:30 p.m. EDT – America’s Second Gilded Age
Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times op-ed columnist, comments on the economic and political condition of the nation, including the widening gap between rich and poor, and the critical role of labor unions in fighting for the vanishing middle class.
Tuesday, July 12, at 3:15 p.m. EDT – The Common Core State Standards
The writers of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics explain how the standards were designed to prepare students for success in college and careers. AFT members and leaders who critiqued the standards, and who served on the union’s committee to ensure their rollout doesn’t overlook the classroom, will offer their views on what must be done to keep this standards movement on track.
Wednesday, July 13, at 12:15 p.m. EDT – Together, We Can: The Role of the Community in Public Education
AFT president Randi Weingarten hosts a discussion with representatives from key community institutions that are essential to the future of public education: a faith leader, a state politician, a parent activist and a teachers union local president. Sustaining and improving public education is too big a job for any one sector to accomplish alone. Collaboration and building bridges is the key to improving outcomes for our children.