2019 AFT-WV Summer School

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2019 AFT-WV Summer School Information and Registration

It's time for the best week of the summer! Join us June 24-28, 2019!

AFT-West Virginia is conducting its 24th annual weeklong educational summer program. This program is offered through the joint efforts of AFT-West Virginia, the Union Leadership Institute of the American Federation of  Teachers, and the Institute for Labor Studies and Research of West Virginia University. The program is offered in the belief that training for union activists is essential to the development of a strong, pro-active union, and that active union members complement both pre-K-12 and higher education. Summer School 2019 will be held at Camp Dawson, located about 35 minutes from Morgantown, WV. Space is limited and the event fills up quickly, so register ASAP!


Graduate Credit
Three hours of graduate credit from West Virginia University will be available to program participants who attend the full week of Summer School 2019. Credit will be gained through course work completed during Summer School 2019. WVU has not announced the cost of this year's graduate credit; however last year's cost was $216 for three hours.  Graduate credit cost is the responsibility of each participant. As soon as the updated cost is announnced, we will update this page. WVU Representatives will be onsite at Summer School to register those participants who desire graduate credit. Please bring your method of payment with you to Camp Dawson. 


2019 Course Offerings

  • Leadership Skills for the 21st Century

This course is designed for local activists who wish to gain a deeper knowledge of their local organization and the skills to build a strong, proactive local.  It provides a series of interrelated workshops aimed at enhancing leadership skills and providing participants with practical materials and information related to local governance, local finances, and communications.  Topics include issue-based organizing, media relations, AFT’s Connect (membership database), affiliate compliance, history & structure and communication tools.  Participants will be provided tips and tools to assist them with different methods of communication; compliance scorecards; local officer and membership updates; and constitutions.      

  • Local Advocacy in Education

This course provides participants with methods to identify issues or specific needs within a district or school community and work collaboratively to develop solutions to address these challenges.  This class would be beneficial for local activists or building representatives.

  • Reading Comprehension

This course will assist teachers in understanding how students learn to read, why some students have difficulty learning to read, and how to assist students to overcome their difficulties throughout all grade levels. Participants will work through the strategies recommended for their students in order to better understand the exercises and incorporate them into the regular classroom. 

  • Foundations of Effective Teaching

This research-based program consists of modules on effective teaching and learning strategies in the classroom.  Topics include making the physical space of the classroom conducive to learning, the inclusion of technology, effective and innovative lesson plans and classroom management.  Participants will collaborate daily with different veteran educators to learn time-tested best practices. This course requires the participant to bring their own technology device (iPad, tablet, smartphone, laptop, etc.) 

  • Managing Anti-Social Behavior

This course will provide research and practical application on managing behaviorally-disruptive students in the classroom. Topics include classroom management, rules, room arrangement, cooperative learning, and behavior enhancement.

  • Accessible Literacy Framework

How does one provide reading instruction to students with developmental or intellectual disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome? ALF is grounded in the premise that reading is at the center of most activities—in and out of school. The essential components of reading instruction—phonological awareness, sound blending, initial phoneme segmentation, letter-sound correspondence, decoding and shared reading—are covered in this course and framed to address emerging literacy needs of students with complex communication needs. This course will be particularly beneficial to teachers and aides in special education and pre-K-2 classrooms.  

  • Integrating Technology into the Classroom

Participants will engage in activities and discussions about digital tools, communication in the digital age, and using technology to expand their personal learning network. Part of the class will feature a representative from Google and training on applied digital skills.  Learn how to bring your classroom into the 21st century. This course requires the participant to bring their own technology device (Macbook, Chromebook or laptop preferred.)

  • Thinking Math   

Thinking Math is a standards-based, research-based approach to the teaching of mathematics. Teachers who participate in a Thinking Math course will be exposed to a variety of teaching techniques and math strategies that will help students understand math concepts, and will find correlation with the math curriculum adopted in their county/district. This course includes strategies for bridging gaps in student achievement, research on the understanding of numbers across grade levels, mental math skills, multiplicative arrays, and the distributive property. 


Tentative Agenda

Summer School begins on Monday with a general session followed by classes. We will start the day with an All-Institute session each morning and classes will be held until 4:30 pm. Evening social activites will include trivia night, volleyball, paint & create, cornhole, a 5K walk/run, bingo, golf and karaoke.

The event begins as follows:

Monday, June 24

11:30 am- 2 pm               Registration

1 pm                                Orientation

2- 4:30 pm                       Class time

Evening Events / Social Time


Tuesday, June 25 - Thursday June 27

8:30- 9:30 am                All-Institute Session

9:30 am- 4:30 pm         Class time

Evening Events/ Social Time


Friday, June 28

8:30-11:30  am              All-Institute Program

                                      Closing Ceremonies


Participant Registration Fees and Local Costs

Individuals must pay a $50 individual registration fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations and no-show. 

If Summer School reaches capacity and registration is closed, there will be a waitlist option in case of cancellations. 

AFT-WV Summer School participation is limited to members only.


Room and board for the week is covered by your local union and AFT-WV. Most rooms are single rooms, but a limited number of suites or quads are available. If you desire a quad or suite, please list your roomate's name on the registration form. Due to the limited nature of the suites and quads, AFT-WV cannot guarantee participants will receive one if requested.

Please contact your local president to alert them to your interest in attending, as space is limited and local unions are responsible for a $150 registration fee per participant.  Locals must pay a $95 fee per commuter. The number of participants sent by a local is the discretion of the local president. After obtaining approval from your local president, you will be provided a code to enter into the online registration form to indicate your local has approved your attendance. Call AFT-WV at 1-800-222-9838 if you do not know who your local president is or need their contact information. 

If you work in a county or at an institution that does not have a chartered local, contact Chris Barr at 1-800-222-9838.



Camp Dawson

240 Army Road

Kingwood, WV 26537

Click here for a map and directions to Camp Dawson.

Due to the security regulations at Camp Dawson, you must provide your driver's license and vehicle plate information in the registration form. Camp Dawson security will ask to see your photo identification upon entry to the base.


To register for the 2019 AFT-WV Summer School, click here. 


If you have questions about Summer School, contact your staff representative or call 1-800-222-9838.