Bernstein Leads National Conversation on Teacher-Led Reform

For many years, ATF President, Dr. Ellen Bernstein, has lead the National conversation about unions, educator empowerment and the need to fight back against the privatization of public education in order to provide all students the education they deserve. Her leadership within the Teacher Union Reform Network (a national, union-led effort to strengthen the nation’s teachers unions by promoting progressive reforms that will ultimately lead to better learning for all students) has been critical in creating progressive agendas for our unions nation wide. Most recently, Dr.Bernstein helped spearhead a new report called “Our TURN,” which was recently highlighted by several news sources. It will soon be featured in Ed Week.

Here’s what The Century Foundation had to say:

Our TURN: Revitalizing Public Education and Strengthening Democracy Through the Collective Wisdom of Teachers lays out a fresh, exciting, teacher-led vision on what it will take to improve our public education system and reestablish its rightful place as the cornerstone of our democracy. The report lays out an entirely new framework for thinking about education innovation. Instead of just responding reactively to bad, top-down ideas to privatize education or micromanage teachers, TURN’s report outlines a positive vision of education reform, tapping into the collective wisdom of educators. Led by some of most creative unionists I’ve ever met—Adam Urbanski of the Rochester Teachers Association, Ellen Bernstein of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, and Tom Alves of the San Juan Teachers Association.

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