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.
January Jan16, 2023
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.
December Dec20, 2022
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.)
December Dec19, 2022
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