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Past Events

  • 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.

  • Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation Series, 2014-2015

    April 8, 2015

    Co-sponsored with the American Federation of Teachers and held the second Wednesday of every month during the school year, this series is designed to engender lively and informative conversations on important educational issues. We invite speakers with diverse perspectives. Watch videos from the conversations.

  • Fairness & Effectiveness in School Discipline

    March 14, 2015

    How do we teach discipline and maintain order, while protecting against the effects of persistent, unconscious biases? How do we ensure that schools are warm, welcoming, fair, and effective in the treatment of all students? Watch the video.

  • The Social Side of Teaching — A New Framework For Improving The Profession

    March 13, 2015

    Teaching and learning are not primarily individual accomplishments but rather social endeavors that are best achieved and improved through trusting relationships and teamwork. Yet, most policies focus on improving  the individual capacities of teachers. What is to be gained from approaches that strike a balance between human and social capital? Watch the video.

  • A Diverse Teacher Force

    March 13, 2015

    There is concern that, as the U.S. population and student body is growing more racially and ethically diverse, the teacher workforce does not yet reflect this diversity. In fact, diversity should go beyond having more black and brown teachers in front of students. Diversity is also about equipping all teachers (regardless of race) to work with heterogeneous classrooms and diverse schools. Watch the video.

  • Is There A Pension Crisis?

    March 11, 2015

    Elected officials seeking to diminish the pensions of public sector employees have argued that they are responding to a fiscal crisis. Is this crisis real or contrived? March 11, noon-2.
  • ESEA at 50: The Federal Government and Equity in American Education

    February 18, 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.

  • American Labor Movement at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies

    January 15, 2015

    This conference examines new thinking and new initiatives in labor organizing, viewing them critically in the light of ongoing union imperatives of cultivating member activism and involvement, fostering democratic self-governance and building the collective power of working people.

  • The Emergence of the "Precariat": What Does The Loss of Stable Well-Compensated Employment Mean For Education?

    January 14, 2015

    The emergence of the global knowledge economy has revolutionized the nature of work in America – for the worse. Watch the Conversation.
  • Losing Our Way: Book Event with Bob Herbert and Randi Weingarten

    December 1, 2014

    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.

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