ERIC Number: EJ1063861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers Uncaged: Helping Educators Create Meaningful Change
Hess, Frederick M.
American Educator, v39 n1 p38-39 Spr 2015
Upon the realization that teachers inhabit a "cage" of their own, but one very different from that which ensnares school or system administrators, the author wrote the book, "The Cage-Busting Teacher," from which this article is drawn. The author spent a year interviewing a couple hundred teachers, teacher advocates, union leaders, and others about the cage teachers inhabit and how they can bust out of it. The results of these interviews show that while teachers lack ready access to "organizational authority" which school and system leaders can use to bust free of their cage, teachers have powerful tools of their own, including the ability to tap the "authority of expertise" and to summon "moral authority." The problem is that most teachers have little understanding of how to marshal and wield these tools. Drawing on the wisdom of savvy practitioners, the author seeks to offer practical guidance on how teachers can do just that. Cage-busting is not a substitute for attention to classroom practice, curriculum, and instruction, but a complement that equips teachers to create the schools and systems where they can do their best work.
Descriptors: Professional Isolation, Change Strategies, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Conditions, Organizational Climate, Organizational Culture, Organizational Development, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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