Activist Boot Camp aims to influence DPSCD teacher evaluation model

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More than a dozen DFT members participated this week (July 31-Aug. 2) in a three-day Activist Boot Camp (ABC.)

There, they focused on mobilization and organizing efforts toward affecting DPSCD's teacher evaluation model. Members also gained more knowledge of our local's history; acquired a stronger sense of what it means to be an activist; and were trained on an app that is designed to mobilize members in short order. 
 
Our featured speakers included Mary Cathryn Ricker, AFT executive vice president; and Brandon Johnson, Chicago Teachers Union deputy political director.
 
On the session's third day, ABC participants and other DFT members (a group of more than 50) engaged Board of Education Member Deborah Hunter-Harvill and General Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti in a candid conversation about our concerns with the teacher evaluation model. Dr. Vitti promised to consider our concerns and continue dialogue.