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Share My Lesson tops 500,000 users

In less than two years, 500,000 teachers, parents and others have used Share My Lesson, posting, downloading and rating classroom lessons and other teaching materials—making it the most sought-after, free online collection of lesson plans and other instructional resources.

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Apply now for the Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism

The AFT, in partnership with the Albert Shanker Institute and the AFT Innovation Fund, is accepting applications for the second annual $25,000 Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism, which honors the most innovative, inspiring examples of collaborative work by our state and local affiliates.

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PSRPs engage with the community, reclaim the promise

At their 37th Annual Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel Conference in Orlando, PSRPs shared the many ways they go the extra mile, find the additional resource and push that little bit more to ensure that all public school students have safe and welcoming schools and that support staff get the respect they deserve for the work they do every day.

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'American Educator' takes on teacher evaluation

In the cover story of the new issue of American Educator, Linda Darling-Hammond explains that what will most transform teaching quality—and the profession—is the creation of a larger system that focuses on a collective perspective by supporting teaching and learning through on-the-job evaluation and professional development.

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AFT honors winners of Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism

A consortium of New York City public schools that has achieved outstanding results by stressing in-depth teaching over high-stakes testing, and a coalition of state workers that saved Connecticut $1.6 billion through a new preventive healthcare plan, are the winners of the AFT's inaugural Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism.

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Educators, parents, community unite for good schools

Speaker after speaker at the AFT Civil, Human and Women's Rights Conference called it a historic moment: parents, students, community activists, faith leaders, elected officials, educators and labor leaders coming together to forge a partnership based on a core set of principles.

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Your LFT Connection - August 2012

Governor Jindal may boast of victory for steamrolling a package of dubious education “reforms” through the legislature, but many now are asking: What was won, and at what cost?
Choices were made to vilify teachers. Choices were made to frame public schools as failures. Choices were made to blame the unions, the school boards, and/or anyone who dared question the governor’s agenda.

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What you need to know about the new teacher evaluation plan

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Politicians believe the Value Added Model is right for Louisiana teachers. LFT isn't so sure.

Beginning in 2012-13, Louisiana teachers will be evaluated using a new instrument that incorporates what is known as a Value Added Model. The VAM makes judgments about a teacher’s performance based on student growth as measured by standardized tests.

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LFT wins national award for growth

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers won a prestigious Carl Megel Award for growth at an American Federation of Teachers national conference on November 13.

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