Reclaiming the Promise

What is community engagement?

An ongoing, regular function of a union that builds, maintains, strengthens and cultivates relationships with individuals and organizations.

Working Together Makes Us Stronger

Engaging with parents, students, educators, faith leaders, community organizations and other stakeholders is an increasingly important part of the work of AFT Michigan’s members. These partnerships are critical to defending public education and providing access to quality education for ALL students.

Members of the Washtenaw Regional Organizing Committee (WeROC) join with AFT Michigan members to discuss common issues in the community.

Members of the Washtenaw Regional Organizing Committee (WeROC) join with AFT Michigan members to discuss common issues in the community.


Members of the Metro Det AFL-CIO, Detroit Branch NAACP, ACLU of Michigan, AFT Michigan, parents, students and ministers participate in a an education justice presentation.

Members of the Metro Det AFL-CIO, Detroit Branch NAACP, ACLU of Michigan, AFT Michigan, parents, students and ministers participate in a an education justice presentation.


Students in Dearborn receiving books through the AFT/First Book partnership.

Students in Dearborn receiving books through the AFT/First Book partnership.

Join the League of Extraordinary Educators

The League of Extraordinary Educators is a solidarity campaign from AFT Michigan which organizes and mobilizes our union to take action politically, legislatively, and in the community. The League will be made up of staff, retirees, teachers, faculty, and grad employees bursting out of our comfort zones to reclaim the promise of public education in Michigan.

Members of the League will be asked to make calls, knock on doors, connect with community allies, raise funds, receive & send text messages, talk to coworkers & neighbors, march in solidarity with other workers, and *whatever* else is needed to win in November & beyond.

Click here to join.

We transform ourselves with the greatest superpower we have: EACH OTHER!

The Principles that Unite Us

We are parents and caregivers, students and community members. We are educators and school staff. We have come together around a common commitment to public education. We believe that the only way to give every child the opportunity to pursue a rich and productive life, both individually and as a member of society, is through a system of publicly funded, equitable and democratically controlled public schools. We have not reached this goal as a nation—particularly for poor children and communities of color. We are not satisfied with an institution that finds the resources to provide some students with the most experienced and well-trained teachers, advanced technologies, expansive course options and state-of-the-art facilities, while other students languish in substandard buildings and are taught in overcrowded classrooms by teachers lacking the basic supports they need to do their jobs. We are not satisfied. But we believe in strengthening, not dismantling, public education in the face of these challenges.

The Principles

  • Public schools are public institutions.
  • Our voices matter.
  • Strong public schools create strong communities.
  • Assessments should be used to improve instruction.
  • Quality teaching must be delivered by committed, respected and supported educators.
  • Schools must be welcoming and respectful places for all.
  • Our schools must be fully funded for success and equity.

 

A Call to Action

We call on our communities, and commit the power of the organizations that we represent, to pursue these principles in our schools, districts and states. Together, we will work nationally to make this vision of public education a reality.

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