TPP Books and Media Resource List

Descriptions of the innovation: teachers professional partnerships

Dirkswager, Edward J., editor. 2002. Teachers as Owners: A Key to Revitalizing Public Education. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc. Buy at Buy at

Enloe, Walter. 2002 (Fall). “Something To Think About: Teacher Professional Practice Organizations.” Professional Development for Educators. Hamline University, 35.

Johnson, Curtis. 2002 (November). “Teachers As Owners–Why Not?” Iowa Reinvention Partnership. The Public Strategies Group, Inc., [accessed December 4, 2004.]

Kenney, Jeannine. 2002 (October). “Co-ops Chart New Course for Education.” Cooperative Business Journal, 16:3, 12. Order back issue online.

Kolderie, Ted. 2004. Creating the Capacity for Change. Saint Paul: Education/Evolving. See excerpt and ordering information.

Kolderie, Ted, Edward J. Dirkswager, Kim Farris-Berg, Jon Schroeder. 2003. Teacher Professional Partnerships: A Different Way to Help Teachers and Teaching. Saint Paul: Education/Evolving. Download paper.

Patterson, William. 2003 (April). “Breaking Out of Our Boxes.” Phi Delta Kappen, 84: 569-74. Phi Delta Kappen Online (search Publication Archives for author).

Rofes, Eric. 2000. “Teachers As Communitarians: A Charter School Cooperative in Minnesota.” Chapter 7 in Inside Charter Schools: The Paradox of Radical Decentralization. Bruce Fuller, ed. Harvard University Press. Download chapter.

Thornton, Karen. 2002 (June 7). “Teachers rule at this school.” The [London] Times Educational Supplement, 4483:22-23.

Toch, Thomas. 2003. “Ownership Stakes.” Chapter 5 in High Schools on a Human Scale: How Small Schools Can Transform American Education. Boston: Beacon Press. Buy at Powell’s Books. Buy at

Achievements of the innovation: new learning models; new ways to think about ‘teaching’

Drew, Duschesne Paul. 2001 (May 21). “Minnesota New Country School finds niche in unchartered waters.” Star Tribune.

Fenske, Bob. 2000 (May 25). “A Love for Learning.” Mankato Free Press, 1A-2A.

Friedman, Jenny. 2001 (January/February). “Big Time Learning in a Small Minnesota Town.” Twin Cities Parent, 50-51, 62.

Hill, Paul T. 2001 (September 17). “Solving Shortages through Teacher Cooperatives.” Hoover Institution, [accessed April 26, 2006.]

Kjelsberg, Ann. 1995 (November). “The Celebrated Frogs of Le Sueur County.” Nineteenth Avenue: A Publication of the Humphrey Forum at the Institute of Public Affairs. University of Minnesota.

Kolderie, Ted. 2004 (Spring). “Freeing Teachers: The Promise of Teacher Professional Partnerships.” American Experiment Quarterly. Download online. [accessed April 26, 2006.]

Kolderie, Ted. 2003. “Teacher-Ownership as Entrepreneurship in Public Education.” Social Entrepreneurship; International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (IJEE).

Moyer, Kim. 2001. “Where Technology Use is Second Nature.” Converge, 19-22.

Newell, Ron. 2002 (November). “A Different Look at Accountability: The EdVisions Approach.” Phi Delta Kappen, 84: 208-211.

Newell, Ron and Irving H. Buchen. 2004 (June). Democratic Learning and Leading. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Buy at Buy at

Souder, William. 2000. A Plague of Frogs. Hyperion Press, 2000. **Note: The discovery, by students in an environmental project, of the deformed frogs became a matter of serious interest in the adult scientific community.

Thomas, Doug, Walter Enloe, Ron Newell (eds). The Coolest School in America: How small learning communities are changing everything. Lanham Maryland: Scarecrow Press, January 2005. Buy at

The first teacher professional practice model: EdVisions Cooperative

Blair, Julie. 2002 (March 27). “Doing it Their Way: Teachers Make All Decisions at Cooperative Venture.” Education Week, 21: 1, 14-15.

Hanson, Katherine L. 2001 (January/February). “EdVisions Minnesota Coop Serves Rural Charter Schools.” Rural Cooperatives Magazine, 27-29.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to replicate the EdVisions Cooperative model

Peirce, Neil. 2001 (September 7). “Mega-Schools Gain a Mega-Adversary.” Washington Post Writers Group.

Torres, Kristina. 2000 (September 7). “Education innovators get millions: Gates Foundation backs two Minnesota projects.” St. Paul Pioneer Press, 1A; 8A.

The Milwaukee cooperative model

Carr, Sarah. 2006 (June 13). “One place, 2 divergent schools” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [accessed June 14, 2006]. **Note: Discusses P.L.I. Charter School, run by a teacher cooperative.

Carr, Sarah. 2006 (June 12). “Students look for the right fit” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [accessed June 14, 2006]. **Note: Discusses Community High School, run by a teacher ‘partnership’.

Carr, Sarah. 2005 (July 18). “Where teachers rule. A school with no principal? MPS and others are trying it, and some people like what they see” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [accessed April 26, 2006.]