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ERIC Number: ED505956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 92
Reducing the Achievement Gap through District/Union Collaboration: The Tale of Two School Districts
Rice, George Ann
National Commission on Teaching and America's Future
In looking for examples of districts that were making gains both in assuring teacher quality and in reducing gaps in student achievement, researchers continually came to Clark County, Nevada and Hamilton County, Tennessee. While the road to reform and the specific steps each district took were different, they shared a fundamental element--in both districts, success can be directly linked to the collaboration of the local teachers' union and the school district. Single-minded focus on improving student achievement and a willingness to be flexible allowed these two, often adversarial groups, to work together with outstanding results. Their stories are proof that unions and districts can collaborate successfully to improve student achievement. Clark County and Hamilton County also provide guidance to other districts as they seek support in teaching and learning for all. (Contains 13 tables as Appendix 1 and Selected Resources as Appendix 2. Also contains 22 footnotes.) [This report was funded by the NEA Foundation.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Teaching and America's Future
Identifiers - Location: Nevada; Tennessee
IES Cited: ED508343