ERIC Number: ED561086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers Unions and Management Partnerships: How Working Together Improves Student Achievement
Rubinstein, Saul A.; McCarthy, John E.
Center for American Progress
For more than a decade, the debate over public school reform has created friction between teachers unions, administrators, school boards, parents, policymakers, and other stakeholders in public education and has fueled disagreements over how to improve the quality of teaching and learning for children. While many factors make consensus elusive when it comes to school reform, a key obstacle to finding agreement around educational improvements and bringing such improvements to fruition is ideological policy divisions. Yet within some districts and schools, union leaders and school administrators have found an alternate path to reform--one that is based on building strong relationships that facilitate collaboration among educators and is focused on teaching quality and educational improvement for students. This report explores the impact of school-level, union-management, institutional partnerships on teacher collaboration and student performance. Moreover, it offers strong evidence for this alternative direction to the policy debate on public school reform by analyzing the role of union-management relations in educational quality. This latest study finds that: (1) Formal partnerships help improve student performance; (2) Partnerships lead to more extensive communication between teachers; (3) More extensive communication improves student performance; and (4) Partnership leads to more frequent and informal communication between union representatives and principals. This report targets school-level union-management partnerships as potential catalysts for professional collaboration in public schools. Furthermore, this research sheds light on the impact that school-level union-management partnerships and teacher collaboration can have on student performance.
Descriptors: Unions, Partnerships in Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Cooperative Programs, Public Schools, Educational Change, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Academic Achievement, Social Networks, Network Analysis, Student Improvement, Interprofessional Relationship, School Districts
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Location: California