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Teachers in Partnership

Teacher Professional Partnerships and other arrangements

There are a number of ways that groups of teachers can arrange for collective autonomy. One such arrangement is the formal Teacher Professional Partnership model (described on this page). Several other partnership-like arrangements are in use around the country.

Teacher Professional Partnerships (TPPs) are formal entities, organized under law (partnerships, cooperatives, limited-liability corporations, etc.), that are formed and owned by teachers to provide educational services.

TPPs may enter into contracts to manage entire schools, a portion of a school or to provide some other educational service. Teachers are in charge and they manage or arrange for the management of the schools and/or services provided. The school district is not managing the school, nor is a district-appointed single leader in charge (e.g. a principal).

See below for our short video series describing the TPP arrangement.

Video Introduction to the TPP Idea: Part 1
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Part 2: A Better Job for the People
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Part 3: With Collective Ownership Comes Accountability
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Education|Evolving has created a DVD of the above introductory videos, and selected interviews with teachers and students in TPP schools. If you are interested in obtaining DVDs, either for personal viewing or to distribute, please contact info@educationevolving.org.