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Past Events

  • 2013-2020 Conversations

    October 9, 2019

    Co-Sponored by the Shanker Institute and the AFT, they are held the second Wednesday of the month during the school year from noon to 2:00 pm at 555 New Jersey Ave, NW. Watch all the conversation videos 2013-2018..

  • Zombie Education Reform

    October 9, 2019

    Zombie Education Reform: Without A Meaningful Base in Research Evidence, Can Support for Online Charters and Education Vouchers be Sustained? Sponsored by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers. Speakers: Brian Gill, Senior Fellow, Mathematica; John Jackson, President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education; Christopher Lubienski, Professor of Education Policy, Indiana University; Fellow, National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado, Macke Raymond, founder and director, Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), Stanford University. Watch the video.

  • Conversations 2019-2020

    October 9, 2019

  • In Defense of American Democracy

    September 17, 2019

    This all-day event, held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on September 17, 2019, was organized by the Albert Shanker Institute, the American Federation of Teachers, and Onward Together, the organization founded and led by Hillary Clinton. Watch the video.

  • Teacher Unionism, Labor Rights, and Democratic Struggles in Asia

    July 25, 2019

    This panel was presented by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers at the 8th Education International World Congress 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Watch the video of the panel
  • New Faces of Fascism: Teacher Unions in the Global Fight Against Authoritarian Populisms of the Far Right

    July 23, 2019

    This panel was presented by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers at the 8th Education International World Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.Watch the video of the panel.
  • Whither Brexit: The View From British and Irish Teacher Unions

    July 22, 2019

    This panel was presented by the Albert Shanker Institute and the American Federation of Teachers at the 8th Education International World Congress 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Watch the video of the panel.
  • Teaching Sexual Consent & Egalitarian Relationships in a "Me Too" Era

    May 8, 2019

    Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from noon to 2:00 pm, 555 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001. What should schools, from pre-K through college, be doing to educate our youth into responsible and respectful conceptions and practices of sexuality? Given the number of questions that have arisen around sexuality, such as the emergence of a multiplicity of LGBTQIA sexual identities, what constitutes an educational approach to sexuality that is respectful of all? When and where is it appropriate -– and, indeed, feasible -– for schools to intervene in the social interactions of youth and what forms should such interventions take? From a variety of perspectives, from K-12 schooling to higher education to legislative, our panel discussed these questions. Watch the video.
  • Cutting Through the Clutter of School Finance Data and Research

    April 25, 2019

    April 25, 2019, 12:00-1:30pm. Despite an emerging political and empirical consensus about the importance of adequate and equitable funding for high-quality K-12 education, the complex, esoteric field of school finance can be frustrating for policymakers, parents, and the public. How can school finance data and research be presented in an accessible and policy-relevant manner, while also preserving the necessary rigor and sophistication? Register here.

  • Leading While Muslim Book Discussion and Reception

    April 16, 2019

    Book Discussion and Recpetion with Debbie Almontaser and Randi Weingarten. Leading While Muslim examines the lived experiences of American Muslim principals who serve in public schools post-9/11 to determine whether global events, political discourse, and the media coverage of Islam and Muslims have affected their leadership and spirituality.

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