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ERIC Number: EJ1043823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Everyone at the Table
Berhrstock-Sherratt, Ellen; Rizzolo, Allison
Educational Leadership, v71 n5 p64-69 Feb 2104
Teacher collaboration and engagement in policy offer hope for improving teacher recruitment, retention, and morale-and for reenergizing the profession. Unfortunately, teacher engagement in education policy is woefully lacking. Research has shown that 70 percent of teachers feel out of the loop in district decision making. "Everyone at the Table" provides a model for promoting teacher input into policy changes. It relies on dialogue; "choicework" (looking at a variety of perspectives on an issue); and facilitation. Participants consider three or four realistic scenarios and their policy implications in their own school context. This moves the conversation away from magic bullet or either/or thinking and toward creative solutions. Education leaders cite lack of time, prescriptive state and federal policies, concerns about teachers' recommendations, and beliefs about where teachers should focus their work as obstacles to promoting higher levels of teacher voice in policymaking. The authors suggest five guidelines for teachers and administrators who are interested in expanding meaningful teacher engagement in education reform.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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