Meeting under the theme “Building Futures Together,” more than 3,000 AFT delegates from across the country will gather in Seattle for the 2010 AFT convention July 7-11. This year’s convention promises to provide AFT members with a forum to vote on major policy resolutions, to celebrate the union’s growth and the outstanding work members do every day, and to hear from the national union’s president, Randi Weingarten. The theme will be woven throughout the four-day convention, as delegates hear presentations on topics ranging from organizing and working with the community to political action and strengthening the institutions where AFT members work. Delegates also will debate resolutions covering issues such as teacher evaluation, staffing in higher education, healthcare reform, child labor, common core standards and community schools. In addition to president Weingarten, major speakers will include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, NAACP president Ben Jealous and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. The AFT website will have comprehensive coverage of the convention, including daily summaries, press releases, photos and video. New this year, you can also follow the AFT convention on Twitter. The Twitter feed is aimed primarily at those who will be attending the convention. In addition, the AFT has developed a convention application for smartphones; point your phone’s browser to http://m.aft.org/convention.

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