Topic: Professional Development

Got a Great Idea for a Workshop on Educational and Professional Issues?

Texas AFT will host a Professional Issues Day on Saturday, June 13, during our biennial convention, and you’re invited to submit a workshop proposal. All workshops will take place at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio. This is your day to highlight best practices and also collaborate and learn with colleagues from throughout the state. Each presenter will receive a...

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AFT’s Answer to Attacks on Public Education, Public Services: “Solution-Driven Unionism”

AFT President Randi Weingarten kicked off the American Federation of Teachers national convention in Detroit on Friday with a call for “solution-driven unionism” that answers ongoing attacks on public education and public-sector workers with problem-solving policy initiatives of our own. “We need to act in innovative, creative, and new ways—simultaneously refuting our critics, advancing our values, connecting with community and...

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State Board of Education: Simmering Issues

The fractious State Board of Education generally kept its controversies below the boiling point this week, but there were signs of simmering discontent with key aspects of state education policy. A prime example:  Board members debated and then reaffirmed their stance that implementation of new state curriculum standards should be held up until necessary instructional materials are funded and provided....

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State Senate Education Committee Hears Supportive Testimony on Regional Service Centers

Supportive Testimony on Regional Service Centers:  Last year the Texas legislature targeted regional education service centers for significant cuts in state funding. The Senate Education Committee in particular questioned the value of services provided by the 20 regional centers, even though the centers are relied on by many districts--especially smaller rural districts--for training and other specialized resources they cannot afford...

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Sizing Up a Proposed Federal Teacher-Prep Initiative

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education out today calls for greater accountability on the part of teacher-preparation programs and for grant programs targeted to increase diversity within the teaching corps and to aid states in establishing rigorous certification systems. The American Federation of Teachers said today that the feds are right to make improvements in teacher preparation...

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National AFT Leader, in Austin on Back-to-School Tour, Spotlights Teachers and Bus Drivers “Making A Difference Every Day”

AFT Executive Vice President Lorretta Johnson was in Austin on September 7, where she visited with drivers at a school bus barn and toured an elementary school where an innovative partnership involving teachers, administrators, and the business community supports the efforts of successful educators who are helping to raise student academic achievement. Johnson's visit to Austin was part of the...

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