Posts About "autonomy"

December 4, 2013 · By Ted Kolderie

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Almost unheard of, in all the talk about the more conspicuous issues in K-12 education today, is California's decision to stop trying to control and regulate its school districts so tightly.

For 40 years or more California has tried to run public education out of Sacramento. The state selects the textbooks; approves the districts construction plans; tells the districts what to do and how to do it. The education code, the education statutes, fill...

March 29, 2013

By Lori Nazareno, Guest Blogger

A growing movement is spreading across the United States. It involves teachers not only taking responsibility for student learning, but also leading the charge in reimagining what the educational experience and structures should be in order to best prepare our students for the future. This is occurring in spite of a concurrent movement to reduce the teaching profession to a compilation of standardized test scores and evaluation data in order to fire the “bad” teachers.

Despite teacher job satisfaction being at an all-time low (39%...

February 7, 2013

This post was originally blogged on the Education Week Of, By, For blog.

In the introductory chapter of A Year at Mission Hill, the teachers unassumingly drop a bombshell. They attribute their school's sustained success to a democratic governance structure in which teachers have "freedom and autonomy." Not just classroom autonomy, but the authority to collectively make decisions that influence whole school...

October 22, 2012

On October 16, a groundbreaking book authored by two Education Evolving associates was launched. Trusting Teachers with School Success confronts the existing role of teachers in public K-12 settings and asks what would teachers do if they had the autonomy not just to make classroom decisions, but to collectively—with their colleagues—make the decisions influencing whole school success?

Examining the designs and cultures of schools where teachers already call the shots, Education Evolving Senior Associates Kim Farris-Berg...

October 18, 2012

How would our education system be different if we empowered teachers to make decisions that influence the entire school? A provocative new book asserts that this approach would create the schools that many of us profess to want.

Released earlier this week, Trusting Teachers with School Success examines the designs and cultures of schools where teachers already call the shots. Authors Kim Farris-Berg and Edward Dirkswager found that teachers encourage colleagues and students to be active, ongoing learners in an effort to...