Join AFT President Randi Weingarten and Share My Lesson for an important update on the state of public education in this special welcome session to kick off the Virtual Conference 2022!
Teachers, school staff and parents have continued to face unprecedented challenges in the 2021-22 school year, and we know more are ahead. Educators are working with families to help students not only to recover but to thrive. We want them to do well in college, career, civic participation and life--with the empathy, understanding, critical thinking and other life skills necessary for their success and our country’s future. Educators must be respected and supported, especially now as their work is harder than ever, with increased stress, staff shortages, and political interference and attacks.
Hear from Weingarten on what the AFT is doing to support our members and their work. One cornerstone is a renewed commitment to literacy with the Reading Opens the World campaign. This new multiyear literacy campaign will help support students, educators and families foster an ongoing love of reading via everything from book giveaway events to professional development for teachers to downloadable resources for parents. You'll also hear why we must continue to prioritize social emotional learning as well as counter misinformation, and strengthen our schools’ foundation of restorative, anti-racist and culturally responsive practices. Learn about success stories in community schools for addressing issues like these and creating resilient school communities in which all members can thrive. Educators and families want what students need, and together, we can support our schools and help our kids.
Don't miss this important kick off session and get a preview of the for-credit sessions offered in the week ahead. Plus, March 21 is your last chance to enter the Virtual Conference sweepstakes!