Albert Shanker Institute

The Albert Shanker Institute is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to honor the life and legacy of the late president of the American Federation of Teachers.

The organization’s by-laws commit it to four fundamental principles:

  • Vibrant democracy
  • Quality public education
  • Voice for working people in decisions affecting their jobs and their lives
  • Free and open debate about all of these issues.

The Institute brings together influential leaders and thinkers from business, labor, government, and education from across the political spectrum. It sponsors research, promotes discussions, and seeks new and workable approaches to the issues that will shape the future of democracy, education, and unionism.

The Institute focuses in three areas:

  • Education
  • Democracy
  • Labor

Within Education, areas of focus cover:

  • History of American teacher unionism
  • High-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Civic education
  • Early childhood education
  • K-12 education
  • School culture
  • Workforce development / CTE (ensure secondary and postsecondary educational institutions provide high-quality career and technical education)

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