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AFT Teacher Leaders Program 24-25 Application

AFT Teachers Leader Program Application

Applications are now being accepted for the AFT Teacher Leaders Program 2024-25. This program brings together a select group of educators throughout the school year to learn how to take active leadership roles in their schools, unions and communities. Participants can help strengthen the union and our connection to the community—building greater support and understanding of public schools.

The AFT Teacher Leaders Program supports the goals of the local unions and provides:

  • A strong tie to community organizations and community leaders;
  • An informed educator voice;
  • A vehicle for positive messaging about public schools and their unions; and
  • A pipeline for future school and union leaders.

Participating teachers develop skills related to:

  • Creating a collaborative culture;
  • Accessing, using and presenting relevant research;
  • Reaching out to families and communities;
  • Becoming advocates for educators, students and their families, and public education; and
  • Understanding policy issues and making recommendations to and through their unions.

Through their participation in the AFT Teacher Leaders Program, teachers:

  • Become conversant with and participate in both the local and national dialogue on education;
  • Develop relationships with local policymakers and community leaders;
  • Connect practice, research and policy; and
  • Serve as a sounding board and advisory group for union leaders.

To date, more than 2,300 educators across the country have participated in this intensive policy training and research program. These local cadres meet once a month for eight months to discuss and debate policies, conduct action research, and build a local leadership bench in their unions.

To learn more about the AFT Teacher Leaders Program as well as new opportunities for former participants to engage in, join us for an informational webinar on March 25, 2024, at 7 p.m. EDT, and check out these AFT articles:

Build your bench; strengthen your voices; connect policy to practice. Apply now.

In unity,

Lisa Dickinson Director, Professional Learning and Member Engagement

AFT 2024 Book Club Series

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The AFT is kicking off 2024 with a new monthly series that connects us to the author. These one hour long webinars will be available via Share My Lesson. Click here 2024 AFT Book Series for dates and times.

January 24: Amanda Gorman (concluded)

February 18: Fred Guttenberg

March 10: Ruth Ben-Ghiat

AFT 2024 Wellness Series from Share My Lesson

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Register here for the Share My Lesson 2024 Wellness Series list of webinars

  • January 24: Dimensions to Wellness: Self-Care for Educators (concluded)
  • February 28: Five Healing Gestures to Help Educators and Students Grappling with Trauma
  • March 20: Be Healthfully Present: Supporting Your Own Well-Being
  • April 17: Holistic Approach to Self-Care: Creating a Personal Wellness Plan
  • May 8: More Than Just Self-Care: Six Factors of Educator Well-Being

Dimensions to Wellness is a valuable and research-based training program designed to cater to the holistic well-being of educators. This free, for-credit webinar is a unique opportunity for educators to explore and enhance their mental, physical, and emotional health. During this hour-long session, participants will delve into their own self-care practices, gaining insights to become more intentional about their wellness journey. The program covers a range of topics, including an assessment of current health, understanding circadian rhythms, exploring eight wellness indicators and their impact on overall well-being, and even delving into the concept of chakras. This comprehensive approach empowers educators to prioritize self-care and foster a healthier and more balanced lifestyle, ultimately benefiting both themselves and their students. Don't miss out on this chance to focus on your well-being and embark on a path to a more fulfilling and healthier life.

Scan Codes to Register for AFT National

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Use these QR codes or websites to register for an AFT National Account. We are Detroit Federation of Teachers, Local 231.

Scholarships and Grants Available to DFT Members

Check out these opportunities for scholarships and/or grants for you, as an AFT member, or for your dependents:

Member Benefits (AFT Michigan)

As a member in good standing with the Detroit Federation of Teachers, you have access to a wide selection of member benefits, as outlined by the state federation:

AFT PLUS Member Benefits


AFT PLUS is the name of the member benefit programs available to AFT members and their families. Many of the programs are provided through Union Privilege, the benefit arm of the AFL-CIO; others are unique to AFT and are coordinated directly through AFT PLUS. Explore the site and learn more about the savings and services available to you as a union member.

Click here to learn more about AFT PLUS Member Benefits.