The Education Evolving Blog

July 19, 2010

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.

The potential was underscored by the finding from Public Agenda's survey of teachers in 2003. The question to a national sample of teachers was: “How interested would you be in working in a charter school run and managed by teachers?” The question asked respondents first to affirm an interest...

July 16, 2010

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 teacher cooperative. Community High School is served by a professional practice of teachers operating informally as cooperative.

Roxane describes how she and others decided to form a teacher cooperative because it is easier to get teachers to take responsibility and be accountable for what they do when they are in the decision-making...

July 14, 2010

Teacher unions have been active in starting new, teacher-run schools in city-level innovation zones.

The Boston Teachers Union started Boston Teachers Union School (BTU School) in 2009, as an independent pilot school. And, responding to a district call for proposals, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) opened the Math and Science Leadership Academy (MSLA) in 2009. The Denver school...

July 13, 2010

The exclusion of teachers from the decision-making process of the learning program and management of schools is at the root of the difficulties of the K-12 system.

Intriguingly, in cases where teachers are responsible for running schools it immediately becomes apparent that teachers will accept accountability if they are allowed to control what matters for learning.

The Milwaukee Public Schools district includes 13 union-affiliated chartered schools where the authority for arranging both the learning program and the administration of a school is placed with a...

July 12, 2010

Last month we launched this blog, Education Innovating, where you’ll find us following and reporting how folks are innovating to get beyond ‘traditional school’ across the United States.

In its first weeks our readers have learned from guest bloggers Lynn Nordgren, president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, and...

July 9, 2010

Editor’s note: Each Friday we feature guest bloggers that are involved in rethinking what is possible with schooling and the education system.

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers has led in the development of a new law that allows districts to form independent, autonomous schools. And they have used the law to create a teacher-run school.

Lynn Nordgren, President of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, is a guest contributor this week to Education Innovating.

It...

July 8, 2010

From the Detroit Free Press today, an example of what we have been talking about regarding teachers taking the initiative--and control--for improvement.

Image: Detroit Free Press

July 8, 2010

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.

Access the interview page here.

If you’ve been following Education Innovating, perhaps you’ve been generating questions...

July 8, 2010

We assert at Education|Evolving that the inability of teachers to professionally control what matters for learning is at the root of the K-12 system’s difficulty.

Having been unable to secure professional status and economic security for members through negotiation or legislation, it is in the unions’ interest to suggest the country cut this new deal with its teachers. For teachers the appealing opportunity is to re-frame the debate; to leverage the “accountability” pressure in a way that will help win them professional...

July 7, 2010

Bob Wedl, partner with Education|Evolving, was involved with the passage of Minnesota’s new Site-Governed Schools (SGS) law that allows districts to create schools with autonomy similar to chartered schools in that state. He also helped teachers in Minneapolis to bring forth the first proposal under the new law, last year.

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