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AFT Educational Issues Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002618
The AFT Education Issues Department Records contain correspondence and chronological files, meeting minutes, reports, manuscripts and drafts, annotated articles, reports, conference packets, press releases, newsletters, fliers, photographs, negatives, and VHS and audiocassette tapes. The records contain communications with and publications from many education-related organizations as well as granting institutions.

Series 1: Chronological Files, 1979-2003 (Boxes 1-27, 131-133, 137-140) Chronological files, much of which is correspondence, are from various staff members of the AFT and Educational Issues Department. Includes material from Albert Shanker, Sandra Feldman, Eugenia Kemble, Ruth Wattenberg, Burnie Bond, Dale Boatright, Carolyn Trice, Marsha Berger, Dawn Krusemark, Lovely Billups, Marilyn Rauth, and many others. Some runs of files are from various departments or pertain to specific subjects, such as the President’s office, international affairs, and human rights.

Series 2: Educational Research & Dissemination, 1979-2000 (Boxes 27-40, 140-141) Materials include reports, speech transcripts and notes, meeting minutes, press kits, budget records, directories, training manuals, newsletters including ER&D Update, published and annotated articles, and related correspondence. Subjects include local leaders conferences, student and teacher dropouts, parent involvement, school safety, critical thinking, race and multicultural issues. ER&D is a major and ongoing initiative and related materials may appear in other series.

Series 3: Subject Files, 1934, 1947-2002 (Boxes 38, 40-126, 133-135, 142-157) Major subjects represented include special education and inclusion, dropouts, the National Education Association, conventions and conferences, bilingual education, education-related legislation and policies, reform and restructuring, teacher certification and professional development, class size, charter schools, civil rights, parent involvement, the K-12 Program and Policy Council, paraprofessionals, and internal departmental matters. Many of these records came from the central files of the Educational Issues Department. Also included are major project administration files and collaborations with many education-related organizations.

Series 4: Audiovisual Material, 1981-1995 (Boxes 127-130, 136) This series contains photographs, negatives, and audio and VHS cassettes. Included are a series of audiocassette recordings from the 1995 QuEST Conference.

Dates

  • 1934 - 2003
  • Majority of material found within 1971 - 2002

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research. Materials related to a survey conducted by Peter Hart have been removed and returned to the American Federation of Teachers.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

154.5 Linear Feet (4 MB, 153 SB)

Abstract

The American Federation of Teachers is a labor union representing primary and secondary school teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and professional staff, and nurses and other health care professionals. The AFT Educational Issues Department, originally the Task Force on Educational Issues, is the research and development arm of the union. The department tracks education policies from local, state and national bodies, conducts research and analysis on those policies, produces briefs and reports, conducts workshops, and assists local AFT affiliates on educational issues. A major initiative of the department is the Education Research & Dissemination program (ER&D). The program began in 1981 with a grant from the National Institute of Education. It is focused on professional development through the collection of a body of research on education issues and translation of that material to classroom applications. Teachers are able to access research and apply new techniques in their classrooms. The ER&D program explores topics such as instruction methods, critical thinking, behavior management, and student motivation. Projects include the Visiting Practitioner program and Thinking Mathematics. The Educational Issues Department also organizes the bi-annual QuEST (Quality Educational Standards in Teaching) Conference.

The AFT Education Issues Department Records contain correspondence and chronological files, meeting minutes, reports, manuscripts and drafts, annotated articles, reports, conference packets, press releases, newsletters, fliers, photographs, negatives, and VHS and audiocassette tapes. The records contain communications with and publications from many education-related organizations as well as granting institutions.

History

The American Federation of Teachers is a labor union representing primary and secondary school teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and professional staff, and nurses and other health care professionals. The AFT Educational Issues Department, originally the Task Force on Educational Issues, is the research and development arm of the union. The department tracks education policies from local, state and national bodies, conducts research and analysis on those policies, produces briefs and reports, conducts workshops, and assists local AFT affiliates on educational issues. A major initiative of the department is the Education Research and Dissemination program (ER&D). The program began in 1981 with a grant from the National Institute of Education. It is focused on professional development through the collection of a body of research on education issues and translation of that material to classroom applications. Teachers are able to access research and apply new techniques in their classrooms. The ER&D program explores topics such as instruction methods, critical thinking, behavior management, and student motivation. Projects include the Visiting Practitioner program and Thinking Mathematics. The Educational Issues Department also organizes the bi-annual QuEST (Quality Educational Standards in Teaching) Conference.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 4 series.

Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

The AFT Educational Issues Department Records arrived at the Reuther in multiple shipments between 1987 and 2008. The Reuther serves as the official repository for the American Federation of Teachers.

Related Materials

AFT President’s Office Records, AFT President’s Office: Albert Shanker Records, AFT President’s Office: Assistant to the President Bella Rosenberg Records, American Federation of Teachers President's Office: 1960-1974 Records, American Federation of Teachers Publications, AFT Secretary-Treasurer's Office Records

Transfers

VHS and audiocassette tapes (Boxes 128, 129) and photographic negatives (Box 130) were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Stefanie Caloia on January 18, 2015.
Title
Guide to the AFT Educational Issues Department Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Stefanie Caloia.
Date
2015-01-18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2016-02-12: Added boxes 137-157.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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