Democratic Learning and Leading asserts: It's not enough for teachers to be willing to democratically control schools. The culture of schooling is not inherently democratic--so a collaborative culture must be cultivated.
Democratic Learning and Leading is an essential book for teams of teachers setting out to design and run their school.
Here's the book description from Amazon.com:
"Here, authors Ronald Newell and Irving Buchen continue the dialogue begun by Roland Barth, Linda Lambert, Carl Glickman and others pertaining to democratic, teacher-led schools. Teachers are capable of managing schools without designated principals and/or superintendents. A number of practitioners have taken up the gauntlet and created collaborative cultures in order to fulfill the need for creating teacher-controlled environments. These environments are necessary to carry out the as-of-yet unfulfilled reform of practices that benefit students at the most elemental level of education. In teacher-powered schools, teachers have control of budgets, management, personnel, and all other decision making.
It is not enough for teachers to be willing to democratically control schools. The culture of schooling is not inherently democratic-- so a collaborative culture must be cultivated by creating the community, the collective, the consensual, the consultative, and the coaching commitment. Newell and Buchen show how the experience of a group of practitioners has lit the way for continual development of the elements of the collaborative culture by living them. They also discuss the problems and promises of creating and living this collaborative, democratic culture."