· The Boston Teachers Union should be a modern organization with the ability to build the power of our members to lead on education policy and advocate for quality public education and social justice in our communities.
· Our members should be among the first stakeholders at the table on all education-related issues, because we are in the classrooms and know the needs of the students we serve.
· Our union should be a leader in offering real solutions to our most pressing challenges.
· BTU members should lead in our own classrooms, problem solve at school sites, be empowered at the school level, be included in shared decision making, and take part in state and local policy advocacy.
· Our union should encourage a knowledgeable member base and be a professional organization that is a partner in policy and community advocacy alongside community stakeholders, families and students.
· Organizing should be done by the membership, and we need to build capacity to do so.
· Our union members should value healthy conversation and constructive debate among our members and our elected leadership, members and in larger education circles.
· Our union leadership should support and facilitate regular internal reviews of structures, policies, and resources to determine need and effective allocation of resources.
· Our union leadership should reach out to the membership to articulate the goals and direction of the union, include members in creating priorities for the union and decide how to allocate collective resources in the most impactful way.
· Our union should prioritize inspiring members to get involved in union activities that are relevant to their classroom and school experiences.
· Our union should actively develop a pipeline of diverse and representative new leaders.
· Our union should explore opportunities for new membership organizing.