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Business Meeting Highlights

During the business meeting session of the Fourteenth Triennial Convention, delegates met and passed a number of rules, proposed constitutional amendments and resolutions.   In regards to constitutional amendments, the size of the General Executive Board (GEB) expanded. Also, the Secretary-Treasure position was merged into a single position.   Delegates and AFSA members discussed and passed amendments on the following [...]

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Experts on the Field Discuss Grief Insights During Panel

Dominick Nigro, a board member of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, recounted his experience with the death at a school in which he was a teacher, which was witnessed by many other students in the school – his first experience with what he termed “institutional bereavement.” One of the first things that was done was to develop [...]

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Speakers Engage Conference Attendees During PAC Luncheon

CSA Local 1 President Ernie Logan opened the event by announcing that $29,000 had been raised and urging that additional contributions be made to reach the $30,000 mark. “AFSA is on the move with this PAC,” Logan said. “Contributions to the PAC create the power of the purse for AFSA to get done what we need to get done,” urging [...]

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Dr. Schonfeld Shares Expertise on Supporting Grieving Students

Dr. David Schonfeld, whose expertise on student grieving was essential in creating the 14-member Coalition to Support Grieving Students, told the morning plenary of AFSA’s 14th Triennial Convention that AFSA’s support for the coalition has been critical.   Schonfeld shared survey data on the pervasive need among educators for training on how to deal with grieving students. This expressed need [...]

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Empowering Learning By Investing Public and Private Resources in Quality Pre-School Education

Kris Perry, Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund, who has played a pivotal role in bringing the Educare model of early childhood centers to California, addressed the convention in plenary session on how to effectively combine the power of private-sector innovation, research and public resources. “My job now,” she said, after years of work in California “is to [...]

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Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Declares Crucial Role of School Leaders in Restoring Cities and Community Schools

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Declares Crucial Role of School Leaders in Restoring Cities and Community Schools

Rising to speak before a rousing standing ovation from AFSA members, Newark, NJ Mayor and former AFSA member Ras J. Baraka declared his bona fides as an educator for 22 years, including a stretch as principal of Newark’s Central High School. The Newark Public School District was taken over by the state 22 years ago, a takeover he continues to [...]

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Education Panel Address Value of Meaningful Partnerships for an Educated Workforce

A panel of highly qualified educators, facilitated by Dr. Nia Woods Haydel, discussed how best to prepare children for today’s workforce, urging involvement from a wide range of stakeholders throughout the community. Dr. Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University (MSU) cited what business and industry is seeking in the way of technology capabilities, but also skill sets in [...]

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Dr. Howard Asserts Educational Equity Requires Understanding of Human Dynamics at Play in Schools

Dr. Howard Asserts Educational Equity Requires Understanding of Human Dynamics at Play in Schools

Dr. Tyrone Howard Professor of Education at Urban Division of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and the Director of Center X, told the delegates “You have the toughest job in the world.” “When their our conversations about what’s wrong with public education, they point to your doorstep.” He called for mutual support among the profession in [...]

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President Woodard’s Opening Remarks Upbeat

President Woodard’s Opening Remarks Upbeat

Following a presentation of colors and the playing of the National Anthem by the James Singleton Charter School band, which was recently adopted by the AFL CIO, AFSA President Diann Woodard welcomed delegates to the union’s 14th Triennial Convention, “Engaged Leadership for a Bright Future,” and presented a $2,500 check to the Singleton Charter.   After introducing the union’s officers [...]

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Principals Groups Applaud Senate Passage of ESEA Bill

Principals Groups Applaud Senate Passage of ESEA Bill

Principals Groups Applaud Senate Passage of ESEA Bill Contact: Bob Farrace, NASSP director of public affairs, 703-909-4661, farraceb@nassp.org Statement from the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP): Our three organizations, representing the nation’s nearly 100,000 principals, applaud the Senate for its passage of the bipartisan Every [...]

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