https://en.wikipedia.org/.../American_Federation_of_Teachers She’s your favorite teacher ever. When you have to actually answer somebody's question, just like in democracy, sometimes it's messy. Ms. WEINGARTEN: Absolutely. And I think it's the adults. This is going to result in a brain drain, I predict. Eskelsen García had the photographs put up when she became vice 800-989-8255. We have to stop this process of just throwing people the keys and just saying do it. I mean, what you have is that half the teachers leave the profession within five years. NCCL-118016028003 When we come back, Julie Rovner on "Secretariat." 2007-02-22T23:52:34-05:00 Since 2008, Randi Weingarten has served as the union's president, during some of the most contentious debates over education reform. Ms. WEINGARTEN: So the new Colorado law, which we supported, basically has a very broad definition of what constitutes student learning. So parents, teachers, principals, tell us your story. NYC shuts down schools as community COVID numbers reach 3%. CONAN: This is TALK OF THE NATION, from NPR News. DERRICK: I want to say that it's essential that the problems be defined in such a way that they can be solved by the adults in the school, and that is an essential piece. NCCL042071079-82 DIRK: Thirty-five years I've taught, I've been a principal, a superintendent, 35 years of teaching - all overseas or 15 years, 20 years overseas, to Jakarta, Manila, Taipei, Singapore, Guatemala and Colombia. 28087 It's about what can we do to improve our practice, and what can we do to ensure that kids are learning. H��V�n�6}�W\��*�HJVPtpg�Ҥ^���@˴��=�n�}�.)�vc����9���^�S-Ei��a�y�����. TONY: Well, to close out my comment, I will say I think Michelle Rhee in Washington, D.C. has discovered, if you blame the very people who are part of the solution, you will find no solution. So that's what the unions attempt to do to fight to help get those resources. Ms. WEINGARTEN: And that's part of what we have that's one of the things that we have proposed, again, in this new evaluation framework we proposed in January. We know who goes the extra mile for kids who struggle and who doesn't. If you think that you have what it takes to represent your union, then you need to start putting together your … And even though we can't control all the factors in kids' lives, there is a certain, you know, there is a certain piece of it that we can control, and that's what we have proposed in this new evaluation framework. CONAN: There is a contract that is up for ratification in Baltimore, modeled at least in some respects on the Washington contract. This article addresses that question, and explains a bit about Teacher's Unions. Thanks for having me on. She's our guest today and she'll take your calls. So you know, all those complaining about unions, I mean, the last caller, Derrick, has wonderful ideas. School Districts The Changing Role of Teacher Union Leaders. Randi Weingarten, thank you very much for your time today. So my principal and my assistant principal would come into my classroom for five or 10 minutes, and I would have, or you know, if I had an official evaluation, it would be 40 minutes. Now, that's separate and apart from paying people more for test scores or things like that. How does the union help or hurt good teachers? Ms. WEINGARTEN: Well, we need to well, first, I agree with you about Lindsay, and I hope she does come back to our profession. How would a union here make a difference on an issue of that nature? I think you're right. The president of the nation’s largest teachers union challenged President Donald Trump to sit in a classroom and “breathe that air,” slamming his push to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. NCCL-40-35056-89 And here's an email from Jennifer in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Ms. WEINGARTEN: Look, everything as we know it needs to be changed these days. CONAN: And one more question, and then we'll take a break, and we'll get calls on. Listen, I'm from a non-union state. Union Officer Responsibilities. This is TALK OF THE NATION. Although the union makes decisions collectively, officers (especially the president) serve important roles within the organization.A union leader manages the day-to-day affairs of the union and helps the union achieve its overall mission within the workplace. “This is who I am, this is my expertise, this is what I bring to this job,” Eskelsen García explains. The primary responsibility of the elected officials is to represent the desires and needs of the other union members. Role: Leads the European Council's work in setting the EU's general political direction and priorities – in cooperation with the Commission; Promotes cohesion and consensus within the European Council; Represents the EU externally on foreign and security issues It's not simply what are we teaching kids, but it's what are kids learning. That's at npr.org. But because it was so new, we didn't give the members the time that they needed to really think about this and ask their questions and see if and really move forward on it. Teachers Union Blasts Trump, Lays Out Plan for Reopening Schools That's at npr.org. 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Florida’s teacher union shifts leaders, as president goes national. So the bottom line is we have a bad economy at the very same time as we need to have transformative change in our schools to help all kids become the problem-solvers and the thinkers of the future. Purpose of Teachers' Unions. As School President you will have been elected by students from within your School to the role – so who better to represent their view! Elementary Secondary Education What do they have in common? LINDSAY: So in terms of merit pay, though, how do you keep people in the low-performing schools? And so the problem that we're solving for is, how do we help kids become critical thinkers and problem solvers? You have this in Cincinnati. We also have enough sense to take our children's complaints about teachers with a grain of salt. One way is - one way, only, is to mobilize technology in such a way, okay, that it leverages teachers. It represents public school teachers and other support personnel, faculty and staffers at colleges and universities, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers. CONAN: We're talking with Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers. Later in the program, Julie Rovner reviews "Secretariat," the new movie about a great racehorse and a great racehorse owner. We said one more thing, and you had three more things. This letter … I hear them talking about good - you know, there are good programs. Critics complain teachers' unions stand in the way of education reform, and protect underperforming educators. The vice president often chairs the central grievance committee or regional committee. And my basic job at the end of my career was to restructure schools to be more effective. Marc Tucker. But it was done in a way where people understood why they were being fired, and there was an attempt to help people beforehand and ultimately do what the union has called for, which is everybody's not cut out to be a teacher. And so you differentiate pay based upon the things that you need. I'm definitely for non (unintelligible) and ending the unions. Zoey is a teacher and a member of a union. The purpose of teacher's unions is generally to be a strong, unified advocating body for teachers. DERRICK: Well, I'll tell you what. And we have to change that. We have to actually we have a major challenge on our hands in that the world has changed a lot, even in the last five years, in a way that our schools never have. And I don't hear anybody talking about that. … NCCL049012-126107 Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of … CONAN: So the collective bargaining agreement, then, that process of collective bargaining, can be the vehicle for change? Ingraham: Biden alliance with teachers' unions should alarm … But it's a little overrated to say that we, ourselves, as individual teachers, are going to be able to overcome every single in-school and out-of-school factor that happens to kids. Now, is it sometimes, you know, a little concerning to people? But we also want to make sure we fix what's broken. Our schools basically, as your last caller said, are pretty much reposed in the industrial era - not in the agrarian era, but the industrial era. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. A go-getter. It's like holding judges accountable for everybody that's in prison. Students’ Council and Academic Community. All union members have power within the union, and all help to make general policy decisions. Gung-ho. CONAN: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Randi Weingarten joins us from our bureau in New York. But what the current chancellor or the soon-to-be-departing chancellor did was she made firing, rather than teacher development, the most important piece of the human capital equation. But then we also have to understand that schooling is particular to communities. At one point, they talk about how teachers are so important, and then at the other times, they don't really want to give teachers the voice that they want. DIRK (Caller): That's Wenatchee, Washington. I just don't know if I can do it, and Denver has recently passed legislation that I believe 50 percent of the evaluation will be based on student performance. As president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten has embraced some of the reform agenda. CONAN: Is the Washington contract, which provided the schools' chancellor, Michelle Rhee, the opportunity to well, a whole bunch of teachers lost their jobs after that, but also to institute merit pay, which has been a sore subject for many years in many locals. Ms. WEINGARTEN: You know, we've proposed, two years ago, not in our last convention, but two years ago, there was a resolution on the AFT convention floor that asked all of our locals to look at peer review as a way of helping to better inform an evaluation process. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says she has submitted her retirement papers to the union she's led since 2010, following a recurrence of brain cancer. Yes, but at the end of the day, we want teachers to be the best they can be, and a peer process is a good process in that role. She agreed to a seismic new contract in Washington, D.C., that pays better teachers more, and she joins us in just a moment. We don't replace them. And the difference with that, to make that possible, is I need to be compensated for the extra time it takes me to share. They're non-unionized. Email us, talk@npr.org. NCCL002044-06113 For example, the president and secretary/treasurer of Teamsters Local No. But at the end of the day, all of us have to learn to look ourselves in the mirror to see what have we done right, what have we done wrong, change what has - is broken. That's part of the reason that some of us have been supporting common standards because then you'll have some notion of we're teaching the same things in Jacksonville as we may be in Bayside, Queens. NCCL-33-39-90098 Financial Safeguards - Union officers have a duty to manage the funds and property of the union solely for the benefit of the union and its members in accordance with the union's constitution and bylaws.Union officers or employees who embezzle or steal union funds or other assets commit a Federal crime punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. National teacher unions have always been strong supporters of the community school strategy. CONAN: Well, thanks very much for the call, good luck. But collective bargaining and what unions do to actually help teachers get the tools and conditions to do their jobs can be a vehicle to do this, as opposed to, frankly, almost any other vehicle I've ever seen. So what we've tried to do is say look, let's have a real evaluation system that does a couple of things: that creates a path for continuous improvement and ultimately is also a snapshot for whether somebody is doing a good job or could do a better job. NCCL111021-83086 But ultimately, a union voice, a voice for teachers, is indispensible in the process of public education. Term: December 2019 - May 2022 Appointed by: national leaders (heads of state or government of EU countries). DIRK: Listen, my main concern about a lot of this energy is that it will only do fine-tuning. And I only worked there for two years. TONY: Well, I mean, look at the top 10 states in education. There are good this. Separate and apart from that, you have to help new teachers. And you're listening to TALK OF THE NATION from NPR News. She is president of the White Plains (N.Y.) Teachers Association, and she is an evangelist for First Book, the AFT partner that together with our members has distributed more than 5 million new, free books to children in need. And they're virtually 100 percent unionized. I was listening to your introduction, and as I was listening to it, I started thinking about what happens in Finland or in Singapore, where the schools actually do far better than our schools. CONAN: Randi Weingarten, I wonder what you think about that. End of story. Now, tell me. Dada was elected president and began his three year term July 1, 2019 and within four months was audited by the California Teachers Association (CTA) due to “concerns” levied by the newly elected CEA Treasurer Nancy Loera. How are you? I'm Neal Conan in Washington. We just have a few seconds left, Randi Weingarten. And my question that I haven't heard addressed, and I'd love to hear Secretary Duncan address, as well, is: What do you do for those early-year teachers? But I have yet to hear someone articulate if we can leverage teachers with technology. I didn't want to join because I saw tenure protecting bad teachers. CONAN: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, with us from our bureau in New York. It's just due process. There's a lot of people who want to get in. So, a teachers' union is an organization of teaching professionals who work to protect their own rights and interests. Yet, many people do not know what a Teacher's Union is or what it does. Ms. WEINGARTEN: What they do and ultimately, we didn't do a good job in terms of the Baltimore contract not in terms of the negotiation of it, and there's a bunch of different conversations now between the members and our leaders in Baltimore. CONAN: Does collective bargaining as we know it need to be changed? As the recent statewide teacher strikessuggest—including in red states like Kentucky and West Virginia—those who wer… CONAN: It's interesting. CONAN: Lindsay, why did you leave after two years? *Unions But I've since completed my masters, but I really question whether I'll go back to it because the school where I was working, I received positive feedback and worked harder than I've ever worked in any job I ever had, but I would still have times where my kids didn't show growth. Marc Tucker . Ms. WEINGARTEN: Well, so look, I agree with your last caller. 2013-05-01T16:58:38-04:00 I believe right now our secondary system is based on a series of assumptions that are not true, and I think major structural change should be made, and it needs to be led by teachers. 2013-05-01T16:58:38-04:00 Teachers are a part of the solution. Over the past few years they have played an increasing role in teacher development and the debates around the professionalisation of teachers. So we need to have great teachers, we need great curriculum, we need to then also ensure that the kids who are at risk have the wraparound services and the other kinds of services that deal with socio-emotional economic needs. I think why it's not is because sometimes you have, you know, supervisors talking out of both sides of their mouth. And... Ms. WEINGARTEN: Well, I think that - I think one of the problems... Ms. WEINGARTEN: I think one of the problems is, and no less than David Brooks said this a few weeks ago in a column, at the end of the day, technology is really important in terms of doing some of the things like one of the previous callers said about how you share lesson plans, how you can help in terms of some of the remedial work we need to do. As President-elect Joe Biden continues to roll-out nominees for his top Cabinet posts, the U.S. Secretary of Education position is still unknown. 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