We are now accepting applications to attend the 2016 AFT Professional Development Summer Educator Academy, which will be held July 5-14 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Md. This 9-day academy provides union-sponsored, research-based professional development that addresses the complexities of teaching. The program is designed to help local unions build the capacity to deliver high-quality professional development services to all educators—teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel.

Educators receive research-based information to build their pedagogy and content knowledge as well as develop strategies to engage students for academic success. This year, we are asking local leaders who are interested in sending educators to become professional development trainers to fill out a brief questionnaire describing a plan to disseminate the information to members after the training is completed. This will help us determine what follow-up support is needed once the training is over, as well as provide additional information for building a professional learning system in collaboration with the district.

Whether you’re starting a new program or revitalizing an existing one, we want you to be able to maximize your resources to best meet your members’ needs. Space in each course is being capped at 15 participants, and eligibility for participation is dependent upon trainers who attend the academy having the opportunity to train members of their own locals.

Click here for details and to complete the application process.

In solidarity,

Elisabeth Dickinson
Manager│Professional Development and Engagement
Educational Issues Department