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July 13, 2014

AFT affirms resolution on edTPA in New York state

Source: NYSUT Communications
AFT Convention
Caption: At left, Steven London, First Vice President of the Professional Staff Congress, calls on delegates to support a resolution criticizing New York state's new certification exam, the edTPA. At right, Jamie Dangler, UUP Vice President for academics, speaks to a resolution on edTPA at the AFT convention.

NYSUT delegates at the AFT convention supported a resolution introduced by United University Professions/SUNY and Professional Staff Congress/CUNY, “edTPA and Respect for the Professionalism of Teacher Educators,” that takes sharp aim at the process for establishing New York state’s new certification requirements. UUP Vice President Jamie Dangler and PSC First Vice President Steven London were among those speaking to the resolution.

AFT delegates affirmed the higher ed unions’ call for a “best practice” approach to teacher preparation that ensures teacher education professionals are included in decision-making.

PSC and UUP leaders also took the lead Saturday as speaker after speaker at the national convention highlighted the disgraceful exploitation of contingent faculty, culminating in delegate support for a resolution seeking pay and benefit equity, equal access to opportunity and other rights due adjuncts.