Randi Weingarten

President | American Federation of Teachers

Randi Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, Colorín Colorado's founding partner. Formerly the president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, Randi is the also the granddaughter of Russian immigrants who came to this country fleeing persecution. 

In this interview, Randi talks about the importance of welcoming immigrants and supporting immigrant students in schools; discusses the need to support teachers' professional development and expertise; and advocates for common-sense policy regarding the education of ELLs.

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Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. Prior to her election as AFT president in 2008, Weingarten served for 12 years as president of the United Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 2, representing approximately 200,000 educators in the New York City public school system, as well as home child care providers and other workers in health, law and education. In 2013, the New York Observer named Weingarten one of the most influential New Yorkers of the past 25 years. Washington Life magazine included Weingarten on its 2013 Power 100 list of influential leaders.

Weingarten’s column “What Matters Most” appears in the New York Times’ Sunday Review the third Sunday of each month. You can follow her on Twitter at @rweingarten or on Facebook.