Labor-Management Collaboration & Whole District Reform
Updated: December, 2015
In The Courage to Collaborate, school turnaround expert Ken Futernick makes the case that collaboration between school management and teacher unions is a necessary condition for educational improvement. The author cites evidence showing that collaboration often leads to increased trust, stronger professional relationships, better policies, better implementation of programs and, ultimately, to better outcomes for students. Buy at HEP or Amazon.
This special issue of American Educator highlights the work of labor-management collaboration. It features articles on the mounting research showing that partnerships between administrators, teachers, and unions strengthen schools, and it provides an in-depth look at two school districtsUnion City, New Jersey, and Meriden, Connecticutthat are models of collaboration. This issue also examines the history of the AFT's path toward supporting strong labor-management relationships.
Labor-Management Collaboration Organizations
- California Labor-Management Inititative
- Consortium for Educational Change
- Massachusetts Education Partnership at the Rennie Center
Resources for Labor-Management Collaboration
- California Labor-Management Inititative Resource Page
- Consortium for Educational Change Research Base
- Massachusetts Education Partnership Toolkit
- US Departmant of Education Labor-Management Collaboration Resource Page
Teacher Unions and Education Reform
-- Teacher Union Reform Network
Teacher Union Reform Network is a union-led effort to restructure the nation's teachers unions to promote reforms that will ultimately lead to better learning and higher achievement for all students. The primary goal of TURN is to create new union models that can take the lead in building and sustaining effective schools for all students.
Formerly Conflict Management Inc. (CMI), Ki Thoughbridge has served as advisors, trainers, and facilitators on negotiation, conflict management, and leadership development for hundreds of organizations and individuals.
Principled Negotiations Works
How did traditional adversaries cooperate to develop a reform-oriented context in Boston? What forces influenced them? What role was played by a new form of bargaining, known as "principled negotiations"? Excerpt from "The Making of a Contract for Education Reform", By Edward J. Doherty and Laval S. Wilson.
By Irma Tyler-Wood, C. Mark Smith, and Charles Barker
"Smarter Charters? Creating Boston's Pilot Schools", chapter in the book "Creating New Schools: How Small Schools Are Changing American Education", Teachers College Press, Fall 1999
"The Making of a Contract for Education Reform" (PDF), by Edward J. Doherty and Laval S. Wilson, Phi Delta Kappan, pgs. 791-796, June 1990