The Albert Shanker Institute is a nonprofit foundation dealing with public education, the labor movement and the sociology of work. The foundation sponsors research, holds roundtable discussions, and publishes reports.
The Institute is named for Albert Shanker, the late president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
The Institute has a three-member staff, and is governed by a 22-member foundation (six of whom are AFT elected leaders, including AFT president Randi Weingarten, AFT secretary-treasurer Nat LaCour and AFT executive vice president Antonia Cortese). The Institute is funded in part by the AFT and in part by an endowment, and is housed at the AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In September 2013, the Shanker Institute and the National Black Justice Coalition announced they were jointly sponsoring a new Bayard Rustin Fellowship. The fellowship will be hosted by the Shanker Institute, and will encourage the advocacy, policy development, and research in three areas:
elimination of discrimination and bullying against students;
educational programs that encourage tolerance and respect for socio-economic differences;
the full integration of American schools.