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:
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.
May May25, 2023
Experiential Civic Learning for Democracy
Guest author Wilfred Chirinos, an associate on the Policy and Advocacy Team at Generation Citizen, contends that revitalizing our democracy can begin with civic learning in our classrooms.
May May23, 2023
From Invisibility to Solidarity: An AAPI experience
Our guest author for AAPI Heritage Month is Jessica Tang, President of the Boston Teachers Union and Shanker Board Member. She writes that while May is an opportunity to elevate the contributions, successes and needs of the AAPI community, this work must happen year-round.
May May17, 2023
Beyond Brown: What We Must Protect
On the 69th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, guest author Leon W. Russell, Chair of the NAACP Board of Directors, argues that in 2023, it’s not enough to commemorate this historic day, we must protect the values that this decision established.