Using mindfulness to find greater peace

When Kristin Colarusso-Martin, the community schools director for the Massena (N.Y.) Central School District, started planning for the reopening of schools last summer, she wanted to find a way to help students and staff deal with the stress and tra…

Hope for the future of public education

At the closing session of AFT TEACH on July 10, Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Fedrick Ingram were joined by Deputy Education Secretary Cindy Marten for a conversation on what comes next in public education. They…

Teaching literacy as a path to justice

How can educators point literacy toward the goal of racial equity? They must consider their roles in “creating a literacy that is inclusive and just,” explained Anne Harper Charity Hudley, an education professor at Stanford University, in a workshop…

Civic education is vital to saving our democracy

“Teaching civics is vital to ensuring that our democracy in America survives and to ensuring that students see themselves as having a role and a voice in our country,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten at TEACH on July 8. “It’s how we provide a co…

In America, ‘No one should feel sidelined’

The chat flew and so did the hour as 165 AFT members joined high school history teacher Sari Beth Rosenberg for her July 8 TEACH workshop, “Seven Principles for Deconstructing Classroom Instruction: Moving Forward with Lessons Learned.” For remote i…