Voting Rights and Disability Rights Blog Series

This blog series builds on an event ASI co-sponsored with The Century Foundation where U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and a distinguished group of experts discussed the threat to voting rights and why it is critical to protect them, especially for people with disabilities, and what Congress is considering doing to protect voting rights for all Americans.

The Early Years of the New York City Teachers Union

Post by Leo Casey which appeared on the Shanker Blog on April 30, 2020.

Oral History of Lorretta Johnson

Interview with Lorretta Johnson, a longtime Baltimore Teachers
Union and American Federation of Teachers leader.

Oral History of Deborah Meier

Interview with Deborah Meier who has been working in public education as a teacher, principal, writer, advocate since the early 1960s, and ranks among the most acclaimed leaders of the school reform movement in the U.S.

Oral History of George Altomare

Interview with George Altomare, a founder of the United Federation of Teachers. His collection of papers can be found here.

Oral History of Abe Levine

Interview with Abe Levine who was a founder of the UFT, a teacher for 16 years, the vice president for elementary schools for the UFT 33 years and an executive board member of the UFT for nearly 59 years.

Literacy Blog Series

As part of the Institute's renewed commitment to literacy and expanding its focus, our new Literacy Blog Series focuses on literacy instruction from pre-k through adulthood.

Shanker Institute Welcomes Six New Board Members

WASHINGTON—The Albert Shanker Institute is pleased to announce the unanimous election of six new members to its Board of Directors: Travis J.

Dal Lawrence

Dal Lawrence, who passed away on May 15, 2019, was president of the Toledo Federation of Teachers (TFT) for 30 years, as well as the husband of former TFT president, AFT executive vice president and ASI board member Fran Lawrence. (Read more.) Dal and his family generously suggested tax-deductible contributions in his honor be made to the Shanker Institute or to the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, P.O. Box 353123, Toledo, Ohio 43635. Contribute to the Shanker Institute in Dal's memory HERE.