Table of Contents



PART ONE: What would happen if we trusted teachers with school success?

  • Introduction. To get high performing schools, maybe it’s time to trust teachers
  • Chapter 2. Teacher Autonomy: what it is, who has it, and how it’s secured
  • Chapter 3. When granted autonomy, teachers choose to operate in ways that emulate the cultural characteristics of high-performing organizations

PART TWO: Eight practices autonomous teachers embrace which are indicative of the cultural characteristics of high-performing organizations

  • Chapter 4. Practice #1: Share purpose, which always focuses on students as individuals, and use it as the basis of decisions aimed at school improvement
  • Chapter 5. Practice #2: Participate in collaboration and leadership for the good of the whole school, not just a classroom
  • Chapter 6. Practice #3: Encourage colleagues and students to be active, ongoing learners in an effort to everyone’s engagement and motivation
  • Chapter 7. Practice #4: Develop or adopt learning programs that individualize student learning
  • Chapter 8. Practice #5: Address social and discipline problems as part of student learning
  • Chapter 9. Practice #6: Broaden the definition and scope of student achievement and assessment
  • Chapter 10. Practice #7: Encourage teacher improvement using 360-degree, peer- and self-evaluation methods as well as peer coaching and mentoring
  • Chapter 11. Practice #8: Make budget trade-offs to meet the needs of students they serve

PART THREE: Implementation strategies for those who want to support teacher autonomy

  • Chapter 12. It’s time to trust teachers