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AFT President Weingarten to Visit Two Baltimore City Schools

AFT President Randi Weingarten will visit two Baltimore City public schools on Nov. 1, 2013 that are using an AFT Innovation Fund grant to develop project-based learning focused on the origins of students’ food, healthy food choices, sustainable urban farming and gardening. Joining Weingarten will be AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson and Baltimore Teachers Union President Marietta English, who is also an AFT vice president.

The AFT Innovation Fund grant was awarded in July to the Baltimore Teachers Union, which in turn selected Lakeland and Violetville elementary/middle schools for the projects. The hands-on learning for middle-school students involves collaboration between teams of teachers, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, and outside partners such as scientists, engineers, farmers and corporations, giving students real-world connections to their academic work.

The AFT Innovation Fund is a competitive grant program, funded by the AFT and private philanthropic organizations, that invests in AFT affiliates’ creative approaches to education.
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WHAT:     Visits to Baltimore schools with innovative food- and gardening-related programs

WHO:      AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson and BTU President Marietta English

WHEN:    Friday, Nov. 1
10:45 a.m.    Violetville Elementary/Middle School, 1207 Pine Heights Ave., Baltimore
11:45 a.m.    Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, 2921 Stranden Rd., Baltimore

The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.

Contact:  Janet Bass, 202-879-4554,



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