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President Cropper's blog - Join the conversation

Share your thoughts and ideas with OFT President Melissa Cropper on her blog, “Writing the next chapter.” Join the conversation.

OFT issues policy paper on testing

It’s time to end the testing mania. There is a better solution to ensure that our children are learning and thriving. This statement is the foundation of a new policy report on testing issued by OFT. The report addresses the problems caused by the current testing system and suggests ways to improve the process for students and educators. Read the report.

The Ohio Standard: A resource on Ohio's new learning standards

Looking for ways to communicate about Ohio’s new learning standards? Check out resources from The Ohio Standard, a team of education, business, and community leaders dedicated to successful communication, adoption and implementation of the new common core standards for English, math, science, and social studies. 

America's Workforce Radio - daily labor programming

Listen to OFT President Melissa Cropper's monthly interview on America’s Workforce Radio every third Tuesday. Or listen to past interviews in the AWF archive. “The radio voice of the working people.” America’s Work Force is the only daily labor radio program in America supplying listeners with useful, relevant input into their daily lives. Live on WERE in northeast Ohio at 4pm and online at

American Labor Studies Center

The American Labor Studies Center collects, analyzes, evaluates, creates and disseminates labor history and labor studies curricula and related materials to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers nationwide. Materials cover areas such as the history, organization, activities, and issues affecting the labor movement and the political, economic, and cultural aspects of workers and their unions.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Check out information about the educational exhibits, tours, discussions and history highlighted by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Find out how to schedule a class tour or use e-learning projects.

Honoring A Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Labor Movement

Each third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life and achievement of Martin Luther King, Jr. While many Americans know that the 20th century's most famous civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, few may know that he was there to support 1,300 sanitation workers in the throes of a bitter, difficult strike. Review these resources to teach students about his committment to labor as a civil right.

College guidebook targets underserved students

The Center for Student Opportunity, a national nonprofit group that helps first-generation, low-income, and minority students bound for college, has released a "College Access & Opportunity Guide." The publication highlights more than 225 colleges and universities with programs for college access and retention aimed at historically underserved college-bound students.