What matters most for student success from parents’ and educators’ perspectives

Date: October 6, 2022

The new school year is underway, and teachers, students, and parents are adjusting to a new reality.

For teachers and school staff, the pandemic exposed—and exacerbated—long-standing fissures in our education system, including rising stress for students and staff and worsening shortages of permanent teachers and qualified substitutes.  

On October 6 EPI hosted a conversation led by EPI’s President Heidi Shierholz with President Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), President Becky Pringle of the National Education Association (NEA), and Co-Director Ailen Arreaza of ParentsTogether. They discussed what kids need to acquire the knowledge they need to succeed; how we can address the ongoing staffing shortages in America’s public schools; and, most importantly, how we can work together to strengthen the foundations and protections of our education system. 


  • Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association 
  • Randi Weingarten, President, the American Federation of Teachers  
  • Ailen Arreaza, Co-Director, ParentsTogether
  • Moderator: Heidi Shierholz, President, Economic Policy Institute

When: Thursday, October 6, 2022, 2:30–3:30 p.m. ET, 11:30–12:30 p.m. PT

Where: YouTubeZoom