Tag: teachers

16 big-city superintendents describe ‘How to Fix Our Schools.’ Instead, ask: How can we re-imagine schooling?

Are urban superintendents warming to innovative uses of technology? To new roles for teachers? In a recent letter to the Washington Post 16 major superintendents indicate yes. But instead of focusing only on teacher tenure, or adding new technologies to existing classrooms, they could also engage in a complete re-imagining what is possible with schools.

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The potential of teacher run schools derives from the conditions they create

As expectations form for teacher-run schools, it is also important to understand that their potential derives from the conditions they create.

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The "teacher-led schools" idea hits the national media and blogs

The idea of organizing a school as a professional partnership has now hit the national media. This will cause discussion - we feel the need to clarify some points about this promising platform.

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Rethinking the LA Times and teacher evaluation

The LA Times story evaluating teacher performance has reignited debate about whether testing students is a suitable way to measure teacher success. Instead of arguing over the relative merits of imperfect tools, why not try flipping the process of teacher evaluation entirely, from the outsiders to the teachers themselves?

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Research: Turnover approaches zero when teachers are given influence in the school

Research shows that as teachers are given greater control over their work, job satisfaction increases. University of Pennsylvania professor Richard Ingersoll shows that teacher turnover goes from 50 percent to near zero as they are given greater amounts of influence in schools.

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Guest Post: Teacher-leader describes having autonomy to make management and finance decisions

In this video Linda Peters, a lead teacher at the Advanced Language and Academic Studies (ALAS) bilingual high school in Milwaukee, describes how the school makes management and finance decisions by including teachers. ALAS has been able to function as a school run collectively by teachers because the Milwaukee school district and the local union agreed to grant the teachers autonomy and authority. The teachers saw the opportunity, and took it.

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Guest Post: Control over resources affects innovation

The schooling system of the United States needs to live within its means—now more than ever. In this post Jim Wartman, an advisor (teacher) at Minnesota New Country School, describes how teacher-control in decision making at that school leads to better management of money in times of financial stress.

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Union sees chartering as aid to teacher empowerment

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) recently received a grant from the American Federation of Teachers (MFT) to develop a 501c3 to serve as an authorizer of chartered schools in Minnesota. AFT made the investment as part of its innovation fund. Some of the initial news reports stated the MFT itself will apply to become an authorizer and others reported it would make them the first union in the nation to do so.

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Guest Post: The EdVisions Story

Doug Thomas, Executive Director of EdVisions, describes how the EdVisions cooperative organizes its members into site teams to run schools, and supports teacher-run schools throughout the country.

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Why is it if you want to be a teacher you have to be an employee?

In this video Ted Kolderie describes how giving teachers control over the learning program and management of schools can improve motivation, spur innovation, and increase performance by both teachers and students.

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