Teacher Union Presidents Available via Satellite from Denver

Teachers Union Presidents and Superintendents To Take Center Stage with U.S. Education Sec. Duncan at National Education Collaboration Conference

Randi Weingarten Available via Satellite Wed., Feb 16

DENVER, CO — Randi Weingarten and other education labor leaders will be taking a high-profile spot at this week’s unprecedented national conference on education collaboration with Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Denver and will highlight the reform efforts accomplished because school and union leaders chose to work together, not fight.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten is available for TV interviews on Wednesday from the conference.

One hundred fifty school districts from across the nation will meet in Denver for this first-of-its-kind conference, “Advancing Student Achievement Through Labor-Management Collaboration.

“Collaboration on ways to improve student achievement is so much more effective than a ‘my way or the highway’ adversarial relationship that fails to yield improved teaching or learning,” said Weingarten.

“When collaboration trumps conflict, it helps create the conditions for teachers to teach and students to learn. School leaders and teachers unions, working as partners, have been able to develop strategies to transform struggling schools, revamp teacher evaluation systems to inform instruction and boost student achievement, and engage parents and the community in building stronger public schools,” said Randi Weingarten.

The conference is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the American Federation of Teachers and other national education groups.

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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.