As you well know, children in today’s classrooms bring with them a range of health issues. Many of these issues require educators to intervene in emergencies, sometimes on an ongoing basis, to make certain their students are able to stay in the classroom and be ready to learn. New teachers are not fully prepared for the intersection of healthcare and learning that takes place in the classroom. The introduction to these experiences is off-putting and sometimes drives new teachers to look outside the profession for career options.

Researchers at the University of Delaware are interested in better understanding just how prepared K-12 (excluding special education) teachers are for the realities of students’ healthcare needs, and have looked to the AFT for an opportunity to survey teachers from across the country for answers. The results of this survey will be used to shape curricula for undergraduate and graduate students preparing to become teachers.

The AFT has signed on to support this research project, and we would greatly appreciate your participation! However, please note that your participation is strictly voluntary. If you have any questions or concerns about participating, please feel free to contact Dr. Janice Selekman at the University of Delaware or Katherine Kany at AFT Healthcare.

Please complete the survey and pass it along to your colleagues for completion as well.

In solidarity,
Marla Ucelli-Kashyap

Assistant to the President for Educational Issues


Tish Olshefski

Senior Assistant to the Secretary Treasurer