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Publications

Fifteen Areas of Collective Teacher Autonomy

Updated Fall 2017. We have identified 15 areas in which teacher teams have secured autonomy to make decisions impacting school and student success. This publication describes those areas in detail, and provides examples of what they look like in practice.

Intersections Between Teacher-Powered & Community Schools

Fall 2016. Many teacher-powered schools identify as community schools, and vice versa. Read more about the parallels between these two models, here.

5 Innovative Skills Mastered in Teacher-Powered Schools

July 2016. An infographic about Woods Learning Center—a teacher-powered school in Wyoming—where Mrs. Jackson and her student Jude engage in similar learning and innovation skills.

Anthology of Blog Posts

Summer 2014. A set of blog posts written by practicing educators in teacher-powered schools.

Teacher-Powered Schools: Generating Lasting Impact through Common Sense Innovation

May 2014. The initial white paper of the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative, which describes the results of national research that found overwhelming support for the "teacher-powered" idea among teachers and the general public.

Trusting Teachers With School Success (Book)

October 2012. A book on teacher-powered schools by authors Kim Farris-Berg and Ed Dirkswager, with Amy Junge. Their research found that teachers make choices associated with high-performing cultures when they collectively secure autonomy to design and manage schools. This finding is foundational to our teacher-powered work.