The conference got underway with a rousing performance from the Singing Sensations, under the direction of Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) Local 340 member Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey. The outstanding youth choir out of Baltimore city brought the conference to their feet with soulful gospel sounds and a rendition of Motown hits older than the student singers. Those in attendance sang and danced in jubilation as the young people fanned out into the crowd to find partners to dance with during their performance of Martha and the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street.”
AFT Secretary-Treasurer Fedrick Ingram was glad the conference was in Baltimore and he was eager to support members who do so much for schools and communities. “Our PSRPs are the spine, the bedrock. They cook it, they clean it, they fix it, they drive it, this is what we do,” Ingram said. He made sure to also acknowledge his predecessor,
The conference featured workshops that covered active shooters in school, dealing with students coping with trauma, social media messaging, member-to-member organizing, and much more. PSRPs even got a special message from singer Montell Jordan who’s 1995 hit song “This is How We Do It” served as the theme for the conference. Jordan recognized the invaluable work PSRPs do and sung a few notes from his song to the delight of all in attendance.