Douglas County Federation members are a team of professionals putting kids first. We support all of our colleagues so that we can provide the students of Douglas County School District with outstanding educational opportunities. The DCF sharemylesson page helps provide DCSD educators with the resources needed to succeed in the classroom.
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.
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
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.