Read the AFT's Innovation Fund report (2009-2016) on recent case studies highlighting the successes of educator-led solutions for students and schools done in collaboration with district administrators and communities. The goal of the Innovation Fund has been to find ways to help all children, particularly low-income and minority children, have access and the opportunity for a great public education. The AFT wants all public schools to be places where parents want to send their children, educators want to work and children are engaged. The AFT believes that everyone can achieve these goals if all groups focus on and invest in the four pillars of effective public schools: promoting children’s well-being, supporting powerful learning, building teacher capacity and fostering cultures of collaboration.
Case studies feature Rhode Island; Cleveland, OH; Meriden and New Haven, CT; Anchorage, AK; Austin, TX; and Peoria, IL.