PreK-12 Resources

Overview

Resources

Union Media

  • CFT Unitedformerly named California Teacher, is the CFT’s all-union news magazine that contains information relevant to all members with a section specific to the issues of early childhood educators and preK-12 certificated staff.
  • AFT Teachers e-Newsletter provides preK-12 teachers with news of union issues and campaigns and helpful workplace information.
  • AFT Early Childhood Education e-Newsletter provides early educators national news and helpful workplace information.
  • AFT Schoolhouse Voices is part of the national union’s Voices blog and covers issues of relevance to preK-12 educators.
  • AFT e-Activist Network offers alerts and easy ways to take important action quickly on legislation or initiatives that affects you, your workplace, and your community.

Union Resources Prepared by the EC/TK-12 Council

Special Education in Turmoil: A Guide to Negotiating Solutions to Common Problems
A comprehensive report prepared by the EC/TK-12 Council about the state of special education in California. The report includes contract language from local unions around the state. 

White Paper: What makes quality public education? Ask the experts
In this award-winning white paper, Diane Ravitch, Linda Darling-Hammond, and Pasi Sahlberg support the position that “public education can be done right.” Written by the EC/TK-12 Council for member and general public education. 

Government Agencies

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing The state government agency that regulates teaching credentials.

California Department of Education Regulating K-12 education in California.

Educational Data Partnership Fiscal, demographic, and performance data on California’s K-12 schools.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) Makes hundreds of Internet-based education resources supported by agencies throughout the federal government easier to find.

First 5 California Funding county programs that educate parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers about the critical role they play during a child’s first five years.

TEACH California How to get a teaching credential in California from the California Department of Education.

U.S. Department of Education The national home of regulations for early childhood and K-12 schools.

Retirement System

CalSTRS The retirement system for K-12 teachers and community college faculty working in public schools and colleges. The CFT monitors CalSTRS actions and sends a representative to its board meetings.

Advocacy & Research Organizations

California State PTA The largest organization of parents of school children statewide, with local chapters in virtually every K-12 school district.

Center for Education Policy Analysis Supports “high quality, multi-disciplinary empirical research that is informed by collaboration with stakeholders and practitioners and that, in turn, informs the improvement of education policy and practice.” Produced the “Getting Down to Facts” studies.

Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning A public, not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening teacher development policy and practice.

Center for Teaching Quality The Center for Teaching Quality improves student learning through developing teacher leadership, conducting practical research, and engaging various communities.

Center on Education Policy National, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools.

Child and Family Policy Institute of California A non-partisan, independent organization whose mission is to help establish sound public policy that benefits the children of California.

Educating for Democracy The California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, sponsored by the California Coalition for Civic Renewal, seeks the support of education, business, labor, and service groups to promote civic education.

Learning First Alliance A permanent partnership of 18 leading education associations dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools and work toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

National Committee on Teaching and America’s Future A nonprofit organization “dedicated to providing every child with competent, caring, qualified teachers in schools organized for success.”

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) California education policy research center.

Special Education Guide The go-to online resource for parents and educators who want to master the terminology, procedures, and best practices in special education.

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.

General Media

EdSource Nonprofit analysis and information source for California PreK-12 public schools

Education Week “American Educators’ Online Newspaper of Record”

Kappan Magazine A professional journal for educators

Rethinking Schools National publisher of educational materials, written by activists, that focus on urban schools, and issues of equity and social justice

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Helpful webinars, Zooms, virtual conferences, townhalls, Facebook Live

Webinars, Zooms, virtual conferences… from the CFT, AFT, AFL-CIO, state Dept. of Education, Community College Chancellor, and other labor groups… all related to the effects of the coronavirus.

June 11 | Is There Peril or Promise in Online Learning?

Getting Back to School: Is There Peril or Promise in Online Learning?

Thursday, June 11 @ 3pm Eastern (12 noon Pacific)

Policymakers, school administrators, educators, and parents continue to make difficult choices due to lost school days, continued social distancing, and precarious public budgets. 

While the pandemic has required a shift to distance learning, ultimately we know that in-person classroom teaching, learning, and interaction is the best way to provide a well-rounded and equitable education. Despite this, ed tech and online education companies see the crisis as an opportunity to further privatize and profit off of public school students.

Speakers

  • Dr. Gary Miron, Professor, Western Michigan University College of Education 
  • Dr. Daniela Kruel DiGiacomo, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky School of Information Science
  • Kiki Ochoa, High school teacher and parent, San Diego, California
  • Morcease Beasley, Superintendent, Clayton County School District, Georgia

What is the future of public education? This virtual panel is co-sponsored by In the Public Interest, National Education Policy Center, National Superintendents Roundtable, Network for Public Education, and Local Progress.

June 12 | Up Front with CFT President on Facebook Live

Join the CFT President every Friday at 3 pm on Facebook Live

Friday, June 12 @ at 3 pm

Please join CFT President Jeff Freitas with special guest CFT Secretary Treasurer Luukia Smith on Facebook Live at 3 pm as he addresses issues facing California educators and staff during the pandemic. 

June 19 | Up Front with CFT President on Facebook Live

Join the CFT President every Friday at 3 pm on Facebook Live

Friday, June 19 @ at 3 pm

Please join CFT President Jeff Freitas with special guest AFT President Randi Weingarten on Facebook Live at 3 pm as they address issues facing California educators and staff during the pandemic. 

June 23 | Tuesday Nights with AFT – Town Hall

Join the AFT on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month

Tuesday, June 23 @ at 6:45 pm Eastern (3:45 pm Pacific)

Please join AFT President Randi Weingarten every Tuesday night at 3:45 pm (Pacific) in AFT’s weekly tele-townhall.  Weingarten takes on a different topic each week and hosts high-profile guests to address the issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting on May 26, AFT shifted the weekly tele-townhall meetings from weekly to twice a month — the second and fourth Tuesdays.