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AFT and other groups release new accountability framework

A broad-based group of organizations has released "A New Social Compact for American Education"—a groundbreaking rethinking of accountability that replaces the current paradigm of "test and punish" with a focus on what is needed to support and improve teaching and learning.

Turning up the heat to reverse climate change

The sense of doom that motivated an estimated 310,000 people to converge on the Upper West Side of New York City for the People's Climate March did not dampen their hope and optimism for a vision of a green future.

The true story of public education in America

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten challenges the misguided narrative that teachers are somehow responsible for preventing our nation's neediest students from succeeding. The truth, she writes, is that educators in classrooms across the country are engaging students from all demographics and geographies and promoting a love of learning.

New Teacher Institute, 2014 - "Icebreaker"

On Thursday, August 21, new members of the RVCTA participated in a different kind of "icebreaker." 

President Viri Pettersen greeted members, who, since Monday, participated in the district's New Teacher Institute with a request - to take a stretch for a moment before lunch and provide support as she fulfilled an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge request from friend and colleague, SRP Ilene Madden. 

Pettersen thanked all who have supported the campaign, which, to date, has received donations in excess of $41,000,000 for ALS research.