"We may not always agree on what needs to be done to improve teaching and learning in our schools, but I hope we can agree that using our “collective voices” on behalf of our children and their education is essential."
Calling herself "a great admirer of great teachers,” Darling-Hammond outlined steps that she felt needed to be taken to “create conditions for teacher effectiveness" and develop teacher evaluation systems that are unbiased and support student learning.
A special legislative session held during the conference brought together DC City Council members, members of the State Board of Education, labor leaders, school principals and others to talk about closing the achievement gap and other pressing issues.
Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO President Jos Williams was presented with a trophy during the conference’s luncheon. Williams was recognized for his support of the WTU, educators and public schools in Washington, DC.