December 8, 2018 GSMCB: Teacher Voice and Rights

December 2018 Keynote Presentation:

Teacher Voice and Rights:
A Key Component of Quality Education and Accountability


Jim Randels 
President, United Teachers of New Orleans (UTNO)
11:00am to 12:00pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av., New Orleans
(Enter via CELSJR or the Soniat Street entrances; inside large classroom)
Coffee will be served beginning at 10:30am
 Attender brief introductions 10:50am to 10:58am
Keynote Presentation and Discussion: 11:00am to 12:00pm
Progressive Social Justice Community announcements follow

United Teachers of New Orleans President Jim Randels is our featured speaker. The United Teachers of New Orleans (UTNO) is a labor union representing teachers and other educational workers in New Orleans. It is an affiliate of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, and the AFL-CIO.

Jim Randels has been a member of United Teachers of New Orleans (AFT Local 527) since he began teaching in January 1984. Upon joining UTNO’s Executive Council in 1999, he served as UTNO representative to the steering committee of Community Labor United. He also is a co-founder of Students at the Center, a writing program he co-directed with Kalamu ya Salaam for 17 years. In 2008, Jim was elected Executive Vice President of UTNO, and he is currently completing the term of Larry Carter, who is now president of Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

Through these affiliations Jim participated in developing in New Orleans Public Schools the first 21st Century Community Learning Center grant and the first Smaller Learning Community grants, both multi-year and multi-million dollar funding proposals.

Usually held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie-Senter Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee since May 1983. Our website:  Our Facebook Page:

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