American Federation of Teachers

We are 1.7 million teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, higher education faculty, government employees, and healthcare workers making a difference every day. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) seeks to improve the lives of our members and their families; to give voice to their legitimate professional, economic and social aspirations; to strengthen the institutions in which we work; to improve the quality of the services we provide; to bring together all members to assist and support one another; and to promote democracy, human rights and freedom in our union, in our nation and throughout the world.

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This resource provides strategies and ideas for effectively communicating with parents, building parent-teacher partnerships, and conducting...
Common Core
Main idea of the lesson: Young people provide an essential voice in the ongoing conversation to increase school safety and reduce gun violence in...
  • Health
  • High School
This resource provides information and guidelines on how to begin the college search, including how to research and compare different schools. There...
  • Health
  • 3-5, MS, HS
These classroom icebreakers can help you and your students get to know each other at the beginning of a new school year, creating open communication...
  • Health
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
This lesson on student discipline includes tips for teachers in the classroom, and the reasoning behind these strategies. CM_LP For more resources on...
  • English Language Arts
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
This article includes tips for assessing student performance, and also contains a few suggestions from current teachers for you to try in your own...
  • English Language Learners
  • Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
"A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders," an AFT publication in collaboration with Colorin Colorado, suggests ways...
  • English Language Arts
  • K-2, 3-5, MS, HS
These resources include two sample projects (one for elementary and one for middle/high) and a variety of project ideas for teachers to get their...
Helpful article to plan assessment and lessons. Designing and assigning effective homework. Importance of timely and detailed feedback.
This short article describes the benefits of small cooperative learning groups and gives instructions on how to create successful groups who will...