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Past Events

  • Conversation Series, 2014-2015

    September 1, 2014

    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.

  • Chinese Labor Movement: Which Way Forward?

    June 25, 2014

    In April, approximately 40,000 workers struck the footwear manufacturing facilities operated by Yue Yuen Industrial, a global supplier of shoes for brands such as Adidas and Nike.

  • Educational Justice and the Integration of American Schools

    June 11, 2014

    As we mark the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the promise of that historic decision remains unfulfilled. Watch the Conversation.
  • Governing American Education: The Elusive Public in Public Education

    May 14, 2014

    The American ideal of “public education” has historically included a robust and complex conception of what it meant for education to be “public.”
  • American Education in Global Perspective

    April 9, 2014

    Since the 1995 introduction of the TIMSS studies and the 2000 start of the PISA assessments, much ink has been spilled on where U.S. students stand vis-à-vis their international counterparts
  • Good Schools IX / Creating Safe and Supportive Schools

    March 25, 2014

    How do we ensure that all schools are warm, welcoming, fair, and effective in the treatment of all students? How do we maintain safety and order, while protecting against the effects of the persistent, unconscious biases that plaugue our society?

  • The Future of Teacher Education and Preparation

    March 12, 2014

    Each panelist provides his or her diagnosis of American teacher education and a program for its improvement.
  • Philanthropy and Democratic Education: Friends or Foes?

    February 12, 2014

    Ever since their emergence in the early twentieth century, major philanthropic foundations have played a funding role in American education.
  • Disrupting the Prison Pipeline

    January 8, 2014

    How do we ensure that our schools become vehicles for escaping poverty and constructing meaningful, productive lives as democratic citizens, and not the starting point of an institutional arrangement that ends in mass incarceration?
  • Early Childhood Education: The Word Gap & The Common Core

    December 11, 2013

    Do the Common Core State Standards represent a threat or an opportunity for the early childhood field?

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