The Albert Shanker Institute is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to honor the life and legacy of the late president of the American Federation of Teachers; we are committed to three fundamental principles:

Vibrant Democracy

Strengthen, defend, and extend democracy as the best guarantor of universal civil and human rights, at home and around the world, in every facet of life and for every person.

Quality Public Education

Strengthen and recognize public education as a cornerstone of democracy, where schools encourage critical thinking enabling all students to be well-informed and engaged citizens.

A Voice for Working People

Strengthen the essential role of unions in a democracy as organizations that offer workers a voice, lift living standards, enhance institutions, and promote the common good.

Shanker Blog

January Jan16, 2023

In Recognition of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

On this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, guest authors Norman Hill, Clayola Brown and Velma Murphy Hill remind us that the nation should not lose sight of ongoing threats to American democracy, and should recognize the January 6th House Select Committee, especially Chairman Bennie Thompson.

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December Dec20, 2022

Happy Holidays from the Shanker Institute

To provide time for our colleagues to step away from work, rest, and recharge, the Shanker Institute will be pausing new blog entries until January 2023. We look forward to working with  you to make progress in 2023. If you can, we encourage you to support AFT’s effort to provide generators to Ukrainian schools and community centers. Use this link: https://www.aft.org/aft-disaster-relief-fund and choose “Ukraine” in the dropdown menu. Also, in keeping with our goal to give back this holiday season, we highlight a few of the beautiful cats available for adoption from one of the nonprofits our staff members support: the Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-being (MCPAW). (See MCPAW's adoptable cats and the adoption application.)

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December Dec19, 2022

Heartwarming or Heartbreaking: Reflections on Abbott Elementary and Our Underfunded Schools

Shanker Institute Fellow and early childhood educator, Rachel Wessler, writes that underinvestment in education shortchanges this country’s potential to provide all students with an excellent and equitable education

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Resources

RT @LearnTLiveT: Join us and @diverse_schools on 1/27 for the first-ever live performance of Between the Lines, an @EpicTheatr student-led…

1 week 5 days ago

RT @mcricker: Leaders of @APRI_National—Norman Hill, Clayola Brown, and Velma Murphy Hill—recognize the work Congressman @BGThompsonMS did…

2 weeks 5 days ago

On this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, guest authors Norman Hill, Clayola Brown, and Velma Murphy Hill remind us that the nation should not lose sight of ongoing threats to American democracy. https://t.co/2ziCuWsaj2

2 weeks 5 days ago

RT @KiraboJackson: Meta-analysis on the distribution of school spending effects with @c_mackevicius is conditionally accepted at AEJ: Appli…

3 weeks 4 days ago

Our annual review of state K-12 finance systems includes a national report, one-page state profiles, online data visualizations, full datasets for download, and more.

(Project partners: @umiamiSEHD, @SchlFinance101, @jerseyjazzman, and @ajaysrikanthPhD.)
https://t.co/migJ1b5DYG

3 weeks 5 days ago

Happy Holidays from the Shanker Institute, along with some CAT PICTURES! These cats are all available for adoption right now. Life is better with a cat. https://t.co/xnW4IIblFo

1 month 2 weeks ago

"I've been calling this panic-mongering basically since day one." - @jessgartner
https://t.co/T7jLr7vZeH

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RT @jessgartner: I know it's boring to admit that school district officials made practical multi-year spending plans to stretch grant dolla…

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ASI fellow and early childhood educator @RachelWessler writes that underinvestment in education shortchanges this country’s potential to provide all students with an excellent and equitable education. https://t.co/MDEoeDjtDn

1 month 2 weeks ago

@ConraGist and 
@TravisJBristol, @AERA_EdResearch
has released the Handbook of Research on Teachers of Color and Indigenous Teachers—the first of its kind aimed at bridging the gap between scholars, practitioners, and policymakers. Learn more: https://t.co/G2faLlLmqf

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