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Keynote: The State of Public Education 2023
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March 23, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

Keynote: The State of Public Education 2023


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Keynote: The State of Public Education 2023


March 23, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT






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About This Webinar

Join AFT President Randi Weingarten and Share My Lesson for an important update on the state of public education in this special keynote session for the 2023 Virtual Conference!

Not surprisingly, teachers, school support staff, higher ed faculty and parents have continued to face challenges of teaching, learning and connecting in the 2022-23 school year, and we know more challenges are ahead. Our public schools, our democracy, our freedoms, and the well-being of our families and communities are all on the line. Learn how the AFT is working alongside members and community members to prioritize what our kids need—and what educators needto help kids thrive and succeed.

In December 2022, the AFT commissioned a survey to examine public education as a 2022 voting issue and the public’s education priorities for 2023 and beyond. We heard you: The top priorities include developing students’ fundamental skills in reading, math and science; ensuring all children, regardless of background, have an opportunity to succeed; developing critical-thinking and reasoning skills; teaching practical life skills; and preparing students to succeed in college or careers. We asked respondents to prioritize policies for improving public education. Expanding access to career and technical education, addressing staff shortages, reducing class size, and improving literacy skills top the list.

Weingarten will discuss specific programs designed to support our members and their work—and how you can be a part of them. Of special note, with the Reading Opens the World campaign, the AFT has worked to improve reading instruction with research-based resources and courses that have helped tens of thousands of educators teach reading more effectively. Last year, 1 million free books were distributed and 1 million more are planned for this year.

Together, we can accomplish what would be impossible to do alone.

Don't miss this keynote session—and be sure to enter the 2023 Virtual Conference sweepstakes to win a trip to attend the AFT TEACH conference this summer.

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RANDI WEINGARTEN is president of the 1.7 million-member AFT, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities. The AFT and its members advance these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through members’ work.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved professional development provider, and a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved professional development provider.




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1 Reviews
Inspiring as always
AFT President Randi Weingarten tells it like it is -- the good, the bad and the ugly. And then she restores a sense of hope and motivation to keep fighting the good fight. Thank you for this session!
Susan Youssofi
March 23, 2023