In this blog post for LearnMoreMN Education|Evolving
founding partner Joe Graba describes this country’s decades-long effort at improving schools. While well intentioned, he says, there is a problem at a more root level preventing serious improvement.
People sometimes assume that teachers want to run away from accountability. In reality, they just don’t want to be accountable for what they cannot control. In fact, research argues that there is a demand for accountability.
In this video Roxane Mayeur, co-lead teacher at Community High School in Milwaukee, describes the advantages of working in a school run by a teachers. Community High School is served by a professional practice of teachers operating informally as cooperative.
Unions have been active in starting new, teacher-run schools in city-level innovation zones. The Boston Teachers Union started ‘The BTU School’ in 2009, and responding to a district call for proposals the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) opened the Math and Science Leadership Academy in 2009.
After years of having been unable to secure professional status and economic security through negotiation or legislation, there is an opportunity for teachers to leverage the pressure for ‘accountability’ in a way that will help win them professional status for their members. In Milwaukee union teachers are taking responsibility for student and school success in exchange for control over what matters for improving performance.
Join social media journalist and educational entrepreneur Steve Hargadon tonight, 8pm EST for a live and interactive with Ted Kolderie on education reform and teachers as partners in school organization: http://bit.ly/a5BlFk