Can We Trust Teachers to Successfully Manage Whole Schools?

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What happens when teachers have collective autonomy to make decisions influencing school success? This summary of the findings from Trusting Teachers with School Success will give you an idea.

Some policymakers and education leaders in states and school districts are granting groups of teachers collective autonomy to make decisions influencing whole school success. These groups of teachers have the opportunity to choose—and even invent—the learning methods and job structures they think will best improve learning for the students in their schools.

Kim Farris-Berg, Edward J. Dirkswager, and Amy Junge studied what teachers in 11 of these groups do with their authority. This short blog post for Larry Cuban's blog briefly summarizies those findings.