Apply for ATF Leadership School

Attention: Looking for ATF Leaders

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation invites you to participate in the 2019-20 Union Leadership Program. The ATF Leadership Program is intended to support the development of union leaders to also serve as leaders in their school sites and in the district.

Members who participate in the ATF Leadership Program will have opportunities to serve on union committees and joint ATF/APS Task Forces.  It is our hope that participants will some day run for a union office. The union activists selected will join a nationwide network of union leaders. We are seeking ATF members who would like to take an active role in influencing policy in diverse areas. For example:

  • Leadership in School Change—the ways in which educators develop as leaders.
  • Teacher Preparation and New Teacher Induction—the ways in which teachers are educated, recruited, oriented, evaluated, supported, and retained.
  • Ongoing Professional Growth—the means by which all educators engage in professional growth, learning opportunities, and reflection.
  • Networks of Educators—the ways in which educators connect to other educators and organizations for the purpose of expanding their learning community.
  • Role of High Stakes Testing—how students are assessed and how students are prepared for college and career readiness.
  • School Design—how schools are organized and how instruction is delivered.
  • Teacher Evaluation—the need for fair and meaningful feedback.

We will provide members with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to influence policy locally, statewide, and nationally.  This will include framing practical policy positions that relate to student learning; conducting research in classrooms and schools; engaging the public and elected officials in community conversations about education; participating on advisory boards, panels, and task forces; developing policy recommendations based on research conducted; and publishing and disseminating findings and recommendations nationwide.

ATF members selected for the program will:

  • Increase knowledge of major challenges facing the teaching profession through readings and discussions with leading policy experts.
  • Improve leadership skills.
  • Represent educators nationwide as spokespersons and become members of a nationwide community.
  • Participate in conducting research and using it to influence policy.
  • Be awarded a $1500 stipend.

We are seeking a diverse group of ATF leaders who are active in their school communities.

The application is due no later than May 15th. Email it to Barbara Gonzales at

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Ellen @ 262-2657.

All portions of the application must be submitted or the application will be considered incomplete: (1) application; (2) commitments; (3) essay; and (4) two letters of recommendation.

Please note: All applicants are required to attend an hour-long group interview.

Click here for a Leadership School Application (PDF)
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