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ERIC Number: EJ943721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
The Professional Educator: Pittsburgh's Winning Partnership
Hamill, Sean D.
American Educator, v35 n3 p28-34 Fall 2011
Professional educators--whether in the classroom, library, counseling center, or anywhere in between--share one overarching goal: seeing all students succeed in school and life. In this regular feature, the work of professional educators is explored--not just their accomplishments, but also their challenges--so that the lessons they have learned can benefit students across the country. After all, listening to the professionals who do this work every day is a blueprint for success. This story of the partnership between the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers offers a powerful counterpoint to the current rhetoric about district-union relations. At its core, the story is deceptively simple. District and union leadership modeled a new way of partnering. Successive, successful collaborations on issues that grew in complexity built trust, capacity, and a sense of possibility. A commitment to focus on vision and problem solving created space for creativity. And engaging teachers at every step in the work built ownership, leveraged expertise, and led to better results for teachers, the system, the union, and, most importantly, for students and their learning. There are important lessons to be learned from Pittsburgh's transformation from traditional, adversarial management-labor relations to the productive partnership that exists today.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania