Share My Lesson tops 500,000 users

In less than two years, 500,000 teachers, parents and others have used Share My Lesson, posting, downloading and rating classroom lessons and other teaching materials—making it the most sought-after, free online collection of lesson plans and other instructional resources.

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Apply now for the Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism

The AFT, in partnership with the Albert Shanker Institute and the AFT Innovation Fund, is accepting applications for the second annual $25,000 Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism, which honors the most innovative, inspiring examples of collaborative work by our state and local affiliates.

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Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System Under Attack!

On top of the endless changes to our profession, how would you like to see your retirement benefits reduced?  That is a strong possibility if State Treasurer Ken Miller has his way.  Treasurer Miller believes the State of Oklahoma should begin moving away from a pension system with defined benefits and towards a 401k savings account with defined contributions.

Here’s a comparison of current and proposed systems: 

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Weingarten writes about the promise of the Common Core

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes that the Common Core State Standards, while not a silver bullet, are important in helping to equalize educational opportunity for all children.

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Tentative Agreement Reached

OKC-AFT and Oklahoma City Public Schools have reached a tentative agreement for 2013-2014.  The membership passed the tentative agreement with 86 percent voting yes. 

 

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OKC-AFT Blueprint

Oklahoma City AFT Blueprint

No one should get a pass on school reform.  School reform can be advanced by legislation that shares accountability and responsibility.  The Oklahoma Legislature should incentivize school districts to voluntarily adopt comprehensive reform, using the school funding formula to increase assistance.

Key points from the Oklahoma City AFT Shared Accountability and Responsibility Blueprint that could be included in a legislative reform package.

 

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