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At third Teacher-Powered conference, flipping education system is possible

The first weekend of December, more than 320 educators and supporters convened in Boston for the third Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference.

There teachers told similar stories: Frustrated that traditional school models did not meet their community’s needs, teachers, parents, and community members joined together to design new schools that would.

“Knowing others think, believe, and know that ‘flipping’ a system is possible ... brings me to a new place today,” said one conference-goer about the sense of community with other attendees.

We were excited to see so many of you at the 2018 conference.

It was our largest gathering yet—in fact, it sold out! We welcomed attendees from at least 26 states and the District of Columbia, in addition to nine international guests.

72 percent of educators came from district schools, with 27 percent charter and 1 percent independent. 15 university researchers attended, signalling a growing interest in this innovative model for running schools.

Please read and share our recap of the conference. And keep your calendars open for 2020!

The power of Teacher-Powered Schools to create engaged citizens

In this blogging roundtable with the Center for Teaching Quality, we’re looking at how teachers in these schools—with collaborative leadership, shared decision-making, and student voice baked into the teacher-powered model—promote the habits of healthy democracy.

We examine how students are transformed by witnessing and practicing these habits themselves and how teacher-powered creates engaged citizens.

Check out the first two entries in the series:

Full Day Immersion Visit to Avalon School

Saint Paul, MN | March 8, 2019

Come see Avalon in action and learn about their unique teacher-powered and project-based model in person! They will open their doors for a guided, immersive day for interested educators. This experience will allow educators to shadow the student experience, meet with staff in small groups, and ask questions during two panel sessions.

Learn more and register.

TPS Winter break reading

Leading In Sync: Teacher Leaders and Principals Working Together for Student Learning

Teacher leadership holds great promise for improving the quality of teaching and ensuring student success. But for co-performance of leadership among teacher leaders and principals to be effective, they must learn to lead in sync.

From author Jill Harrison Bergorder the book now.

Open Up, Education! How Open Source Learning Can Transform Schools

This book provides any education stakeholder specific steps they can take to establish an Open Way Learning environment in their classroom, school, district, or network. It shows how the open source movement has completely transformed our modern society—and makes the case for why the same must happen in our schools.

Available now from authors Adam Haigler and Ben Owens.

The teacher-led model at The Alliance School of Milwaukee

In an upcoming book—“The Alliance Way: The Making of a Bully-Free School”—author Tina M. Owen-Moore describes the practices that made The Alliance School of Milwaukee successful. A teacher-powered school, Owen-Moore dedicates a chapter to the Alliance School’s teacher-powered, democratic governance model.

Pre-order from Harvard Education Press or Amazon.

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