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ERIC Number: EJ940703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-14
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
New Groups Giving Teachers Alternative Voice
Sawchuk, Stephen
Education Week, v31 n3 p1, 16-17 Sep 2011
This article reports on the rise of nonunion advocacy groups for teachers which has enabled them to cut their teeth on policy issues that affect the profession. The teachers' unions remain the most visible, powerful, and probably the most important advocates for teachers. But over the past few years, a number of new efforts have sprung up purporting to give teachers a say in policy, and their emergence is extending discussions about "teacher voice" in unexpected ways. In general, the groups' origins, goals, and purposes remain diverse, and their work continues to evolve. Where the groups seem to converge, though, is that their members are gradually becoming involved in conversations about policy, ranging from teacher evaluation to seniority to professional development. Groups include the Los Angeles-based NewTLA, which operates as a caucus within the city teachers' union, and the Educators 4 Excellence group in New York City, which has purposely worked outside the teachers' union. Two other efforts, one begun by the Boston-based Teach Plus nonprofit organization and the other by the Carrboro, North Carolina-based Center for Teaching Quality, have gathered together teachers in multiple cities. Their approaches are similar: providing those teachers with research on issues of interest and avenues for interacting with policymakers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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