Resources from the AFT

A Guide to Understanding National Board Certification

This guide—produced jointly by the AFT and the NEA—capitalizes on the experiences of National Board-Certified Teachers and others engaged in candidate support, sharing practical advice about how to approach the National Board’s assessments and how to increase the prospect of successfully completing them.

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A Guide to Understanding National Board Certification 2.43 Mb

The Journey to the Top of the Profession…Begins in Your Classroom

What does it take to become a National Board Certified Teacher? What are the benefits of National Board Certification? This brochure has been developed to answer these and other questions you may have about the certification process.
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The Journey to the Top of the Profession 3.64 Mb

Colorín Colorado — AFT Toolkit for Teachers

This kit provides helpful forms for PK-12 educators who work with ELLs to find out if they’re on track learning the important academic English skills they need to be successful. Included in the kit are: monthly tracking forms; a glossary of common phrases and words used in Spanish; a list of Spanish-English cognates; a list of recommended bilingual, culturally appropriate storybooks for children; and information on PK-3 literacy tip sheets available for parents in 11 languages.
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Colorín Colorado—AFT Toolkit for Teachers 1.72 Mb

Teacher Tips

The AFT has developed a series of brochures, called Teacher Tips, to assist teachers in the classroom and beyond. These concise publications are an effective and useful addition to your back-to-school and throughout-the-year planning.
The Teacher Tips series include the following seven titles:


Before the Year Begins 515.84 Kb

Before the Year Begins—classroom arrangement and design, procedures and rules, and reinforcing teachers’ expectations


Creating a Classroom Team 378.55 Kb

Creating a Classroom Team—good communication + teamwork = student success


Assigning Effective Homework 227.36 Kb

Assigning Effective Homework—characteristics of good assignments and assigning homework dos and don’ts


Building Parent-Teacher Partnerships 350.60 Kb

Building Parent-Teacher Partnerships—communication strategies and phone guidelines for talking to parents


Working with Cooperative Small Groups 267.27 Kb

Working with Cooperative Small Groups—consideration for cooperative small groups, including how to assign small-group tasks


Loan Forgiveness 148.82 Kb

Loan Forgiveness—eligibility requirements for new teachers to forgive some of their college loans


Behavior-Management Techniques 226.85 Kb

Behavior-Management Techniques for Safe Schools—preventing problem behavior and providing safe learning environments

PK-3 Reading Tip Sheets for Parents

Reading, and a love for reading, begins at home and research has shown that children who have a solid foundation in their first language have an easier time learning to read in English. These one-page reading tip sheets offer easy ways for parents to help their children become successful readers. Available in both English and Spanish.
• Tips for parents of Preschoolers, English | Spanish
• Tips for parents of Kindergartners, English | Spanish
• Tips for parents of First Graders, English | Spanish
• Tips for parents of Second Graders, English | Spanish
• Tips for parents of Third Graders, English | Spanish

Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science

Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science:  What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able To Do

Thanks to new scientific research—plus a long-awaited scientific and political consensus around reading research—the knowledge exists to teach all but a handful of severely disabled children to read well. This report discusses the current state of teacher preparation in reading. It reviews the relevant research and describes the knowledge base that is essential for teacher candidates and practicing teachers to master if they are to be successful in teaching all children to read well.
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Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science 322.63 Kb

The Instructional Demands of Standards-Based Reform

If we are to achieve the promise of the standards movement, we need to understand the demands of standards-based instruction and develop the capacity of every classroom teacher to carry it out effectively. Learn about the key differences between standards-based and traditional instructional planning in this paper prepared for the AFT by Kate Jamentz, Director of Professional and Organizational Learning at WestEd.
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The Instructional Demands of Standards-Based Reform 1.14 Mb