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AFT Professional Development Summer Educator Academy

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We are now accepting applications to attend the 2019 Summer Educator Academy, which will be held July 17-24 at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Md.

The AFT Summer Educator Academy is a seven-day event providing union-sponsored, research-based professional development that addresses the complexities of teaching. The program is designed to help local unions build their capacity to deliver high-quality professional development services to all educators—teachers, paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel.

Educators receive research-based information to build their pedagogy and content knowledge as well as develop strategies to engage students for academic success. Again this year, we are asking local leaders who are interested in sending educators to become professional development trainers to fill out a brief application outlining the requirements and expectations for this year's Summer Educator Academy. A member from AFT’s professional learning team will then contact you to provide additional information and support.

The Delivering Effective Professional Development course has been revised and is a prerequisite for all participants attending SEA 2019. Participants will be given pre-academy assignments, which are to be completed before the academy begins. All SEA participants will be required to take this course.

Whether you’re starting a new program or revitalizing an existing one, we want you to be able to maximize your resources to best meet your members’ needs. Space in each course is limited, and eligibility for participation is dependent upon trainers who attend the academy having the opportunity to train members of their own locals. 

Benefits of AFT Professional Learning

  • Elevates educator professionalism;
  • Provides capacity for peer-to-peer dissemination of high-quality professional development;
  • Builds educator skills to support student learning; and
  • Provides the opportunity for educators to advocate for professional development to meet their instructional needs.