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  • The Saint Paul Institute met at the East Side Freedom Library in August 2017.

  • Former SPFT President Denise Rodriguez coaches a team during a Saint Paul Institute session.

  • The team from Broward Teachers Union attends the Saint Paul Institute.

  • SPFT member Shannon Jax leads a training at the first Saint Paul Institute.

Across the country, unions are taking back public education by trying new organizing models to fight for their students and their communities. SPFT has been at the forefront of this movement, changing the way we approach building power and negotiating contracts to bring about real change for our community. Instead of focusing solely on wages and benefits, SPFT campaigns for racially-equitable public schools that work for all of our students

Now, we want to share what we have learned about mobilizing our members and engaging the community. Through the Saint Paul Institute, we offer four three-day-long trainings on Bargaining for the Common Good. Funded by the National Education Association, the trainings are open to any teachers’ union that wants to take on social and racial justice issues at the bargaining table.

The Saint Paul Institute will run three different trainings in the 2017-18 school year. These trainings are open to any NEA local who is interested in participating.

  • November 1-3, 2017
  • December 6-8, 2017
  • April 19-21, 2018

Applications for all of the 2017-18 trainings have closed. 

To apply, you will need to fill out a short written application and then have a short phone conversation with the organizers of the Saint Paul Institute. If you have any questions, contact Leah Lindeman at or Patrick Burke at