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Conversations 2014-2015

  • This is Not A Test: Jose Vilson Book Event

    February 8, 2015

    This book follows the author through his coming-of-age story, beginning as a naïve young man growing up in the drug-tainted, community-centered projects of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and continuing through his struggles to mature and give back through a career teaching middle school math.

  • Losing Our Way: Book Event with Bob Herbert and Randi Weingarten

    February 8, 2015

    In his 18 years as an opinion columnist for the New York Times, Bob Herbert championed the working poor and middle class. After filing his last column in 2011, he set off on a journey across the country to report on Americans who were being left behind in an economy that has never fully recovered from the Great Recession. The portraits of those he encountered fuel his new book, Losing Our Way.

  • ESEA at 50: The Federal Government and Equity in American Education

    February 11, 2015

    The basic provisions of Title I have barely changed in 50 years, and neither has the persistent inequality of educational opportunities offered to poor children. What more should Congress do? Watch the video.

  • Good Schools VII / Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

    February 23, 2015

    Districts across the country are struggling to improve low-performing schools, many using school improvement formulas imbedded in state and federal law. But what can research tell us about the relevance of family and school context to learning? About the “social capital” such contexts produce? About how effective these efforts have been and are likely to be? And about what is really known about “what works” to help schools improve

  • In Defense of the Public Square

    March 12, 2015

    A robust and vibrant public square is an essential foundation of democracy. It is the place where the important public issues of the day are subject to free and open debate, and our ideas of what is in the public interest take shape. Watch the sessions.

  • Conversation Series, 2014-2015

    March 16, 2015

    Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers, this conversation series is designed to engender lively and informative discussions on important educational issues. We deliberately invite speakers with diverse perspectives, including views other than those of the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute. What is important is that these participants are committed to genuine engagement with each other. Watch the past conversations and register for upcoming conversations.

  • Opportunities to Learn: Equity in American Education- Looking Backward, Looking Forward

    April 8, 2015

    In an era of growing racial and class segregation in American education, what must be done to provide every student with a genuine opportunity to learn? April 8, noon-2:00.

  • Organizing the Workers of Walmart: From Bentonville to Beijing

    April 27, 2015
    Speakers will discuss campaigns to organize the workers of Walmart, in the United States and in China. They include: Han Dongfang, Nelson Lichtenstein, Ph.D., Yi Duan, and Emily Stewart.
  • Strategies for African-American Economic Emancipation

    May 5, 2015

    A panel sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute at the Fighting Inequality Conference at Georgetown University.

  • Education and Economic Policy in an Age of Political Polarization: Is There a Good Way Forward?

    May 13, 2015

    Is there a way for education and economic policy to escape from the paralyzing dynamic of political polarization that has confounded progress on so many issues?  Watch the Conversation.

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