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  Education Leaders Collaborate at National Labor-Management Conference

Release Date: 2/28/2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Local, state and national education leaders from across the country are  partnering to plan together for effectively  implementing college- and career-ready (CCR) standards  as they meet at  a third major conference on labor-management collaboration, Feb. 27-28, in St. Louis, Mo.
The conference, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education; AASA, The School Superintendents Association; American Federation of Teachers (AFT); the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO); Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS); National Education Association (NEA); the National School Boards Association (NSBA); and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, will focus on the development of effective implementation plans by labor and management teams working at the district and state levels. Teams from 32 districts and four states will identify and prioritize critical next steps at the conference.
This year’s event will examine how school leaders, teachers and other staff can work together to ensure college- and career-ready standards are successfully integrated into classrooms across the country. The conference will work to support effective implementation of CCR standards by providing examples of collaboration and supporting teams as they create plans that reflect shared priorities. 
The six national membership organizations will release a new joint tool at the conference that can be used by administrators, teacher’s union leaders and board members across the country to develop a plan for implementation together. 
Virginia B. Edwards, President of Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), the publisher of Education Week, will moderate the opening session that features leaders from the partnering organizations including CGCS Executive Director Michael Casserly, AASA Executive Director Daniel Domenech, NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel,  CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, and AFT President Randi Weingarten.
“This conference is an excellent opportunity for school leaders and educators to collaborate and engage with their peers and subject-matter experts who will help them find ways to fully implement college and career-ready standards,” said Edwards. “The participants will gain a deeper understanding of the standards, support to help build professional development, and tools to assess their district’s implementation.”
Past Labor-Management Collaboration Conferences have highlighted successful and effective partnerships and their impact on student outcomes.
The co-sponsoring organizations will also release a series of solution-based guides resulting from a smaller labor-management collaboration convening in 2013 addressing some of the most significant and prevalent challenges in standards implementation.
Below is a list of this year’s participants:
State teams: Kentucky, Massachusetts*, Ohio, Washington
California: ABC Unified School District*
Poway Unified School District
San Juan Unified School District
Connecticut: Meriden Public Schools
Florida: Broward County Public Schools
Escambia County School District
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Illinois: Sandoval Community Unit School District 501
Massachusetts: Revere Public Schools
Maryland: Baltimore City Public Schools
Montgomery County Public Schools
Prince George's County Public Schools
Michigan: Farmington Public Schools
Missouri: St. Louis Public Schools
North Carolina: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Nevada: Washoe County School District
New York: Greece Central School District
Marlboro Central School District
North Syracuse Central School District
Poughkeepsie City School District
Ohio: Berea City School District
Cincinnati Public Schools
Cleveland Metropolitan School District*
Columbus School District
Ohio Appalachian Collaborative
Toledo Public Schools
Oregon: Beaverton School District
Dallas School District
Springfield Public Schools
Tennessee: Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Washington: Bellevue School District
Seattle Public Schools
*Indicates presenting team
Click here for a PDF version of the joint news release.