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About the Movement
Across the country, a growing number of educators are transforming student learning and the teaching profession in provocative new ways through teacher-powered schools.
These teacher teams have secured autonomy to design and run schools. They make the decisions influencing school success such as curriculum, budget, selecting personnel, and more. In addition to whole schools, teachers can run a department or program within a school as, for example, a "teacher-powered math department."
In teacher-powered schools, teachers accept full responsibility for the success of their school. They feel increased passion for the job and have greater ability to make the dramatic changes in schools that they determine are needed to truly improve student learning and the teaching profession.
What's more, a recent national survey shows the public is more than ready to give these teachers the authority to do just that.
There are more than 120 teacher-powered public schools spanning at least 18 states, serving students from preschool to age 21, in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Some operate within school districts and others operate as charter schools. Some have union-affiliated teachers, while others do not. They are supported by leaders on all sides of today's major education debates. And, as a result, they rise above the usual conflicts that exist between districts, charters, unions, and government.
Teacher-powered schools are about fulfilling one of the nation's greatest responsibilities: educating a citizenry that can meet the needs of the community and rise to the challenges of the 21st century global economy. Public education needs innovation and transformation to fulfill this responsibility. Teacher-powered schools enable educators to be the driving force behind this change.