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Are you struggling with disruptive behaviors that take away from learning time or that foster ill will? Are you looking for practical solutions that can be implemented immediately? Whether you are a classroom teacher, support staff or are involved in daily contact with students, this class has strategies for you. This course is intended for PreK-12 educators and instructional support staff in all content areas and disciplines. Managing Behavior in School Communities is a course that presents the most recent and seminal research on challenging student behavior. It provides educators with

Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


AFT is offering an all-expenses-paid professional development course on incorporating Civics into the classroom. In today’s divisive political climate where teachers are caught in the middle, there’s no better time than now to learn strategies to help you navigate controversial topics in the classroom. Knowledge is power: walk away with a toolkit of resources to empower students by infusing civics throughout the curriculum starting in Kindergarten. Confidently prepare your students to get engaged in their school communities and learn how to debate and disagree in a civil way. Questions? email


What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.


Dear Members,

I’m so honored to be serving as your President. I am currently a 3rd grade teacher at Copper Mesa Elementary, and this is my 18th year teaching; 3rd and 4th grade are my jam!  I think it’s vital that we have a current teacher in this role, and one who has been in the district.  I am a passionate advocate for students and for this profession, and I do wholeheartedly believe in DCSD and see this as an opportunity to help the district move in the right direction.  

I joined DCF when I started teaching in 2005.  I’ve also served on the Executive Board and am one of Copper Mesa’s