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2020 Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference, November 6-8 in Minneapolis

We’re thrilled to launch conference registration extra early TODAY, and share with you our theme:

2020 Teacher-Powered Odyssey

Rethinking Power in Education

Educators like you—designing and leading teacher-powered schools—aren’t satisfied staying on the ground. You need to explore, to journey, to discover new and exciting designs for learning with your students. You rethink power in education, and this event is for you.

Register between now and January 15 to enjoy extra early rates! That’s $350 per person—or $300 in groups of four or more. Network members receive an additional $50 off each guest.

The conference will be held at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown. Discounted room rates are available.

Register extra early and save!

Teacher-Powered Day Across the Country

This fall, we were proud to see several regional teacher-powered gatherings taking place across the country. These events—technically on different days from region to region but collectively celebrated as Teacher-Powered Day—showcase how important it is for educators in this movement to connect and learn from one another, especially on a non-conference year.

Thank you to the teams in Los Angeles, Boston, Minnesota, and Wisconsin who made it happen!

Above: Educators in Los Angeles gather at RFK Community Schools on December 7.

Left: Educators in Boston gather at Mission Hill K-8 School on November 6.

Left: Artwork from a brainstorming activity with Minnesota and Wisconsin educators in the Twin Cities on November 9.

Teacher-Powered Practices, 25 Years Later...

Guest author Ronald Newell takes an historical look at teacher-powered schools, how their ideas and practices evolved over time, and ultimately why we ought to be encouraged for their future.

Read the blog post

Download the Teacher-Powered Practices paper

Psst! Reminder: If you haven’t yet downloaded our new paper on Teacher-Powered Practices, it’s available for free on our website.

Opportunities & Resources

RESOURCE: Assessment for Good

This podcast from the Center for Collaborative Education, grapples with our experiences with traditional, and often oppressive, educational assessment practices. What if we could design assessments that help us understand what our students know and can do while ensuring love and compassion are not lost in the process? Our podcast explores what Assessment for Good looks like in schools and classrooms, so we can change assessment for good.

Learn more.

RESOURCE: Participatory Budgeting in Schools

Schools, school districts, and colleges around the world are using participatory budgeting (PB) to engage students, parents, educators, and staff in deciding how to spend a part of the school budget.

Learn more.

Save the date: Assessment for Learning Conference
February 11-13, 2020 | San Diego

The first ever Assessment FOR Learning Conference, brought to you by the Assessment for Learning Project. Connect with educators and system leaders who are part of the movement to fundamentally rethink assessment.

Learn more.

Teacher-Powered Jobs Board

Teacherpowered.org shares job postings from our network of schools around the country. Check in on the board now and bookmark the page to stay in the know for teacher-powered job opportunities.

View job postings.


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