Should Teachers Run Schools?

Should Teachers Run Schools?

A recent survey conducted by Education Evolving, a nonprofit group specializing in school redesign, revealed that 54 percent of teachers are very interested in working at a "teacher-powered" school (also known as teacher-led, teacher-run, and teacher partnership schools). In teacher-led schools, teachers work in teams—with shared accountability and responsibility—to design and run their schools.

Currently, teacher-led schools operate in 15 states. (A new guide released by the Center for Teaching Quality has compiled resources and steps for creating teacher-led schools.)

Are you interested in working in a teacher-led school? What would your school look like? What benefits might teacher-run schools offer students and communities? What potential drawbacks and challenges do they present? Do you see teacher-led schools as a viable model for school improvement?

Teacher-led schools provide students with meaningful learning opportunities while creating great working conditions for teachers, writes charter school teacher Carrie Bakken.

Cheryl Suliteanu writes that teachers need the authority and autonomy to make school redesign concepts reality.

Kim Ursetta says teachers are leading the way at her Colorado school, which forgoes having a principal.

There's a lot to love about the idea of teacher-powered schools, writes Matthew Holland. Unfortunately, bureaucracy offers reason for pessimism.

Administrators are often in a position to provide a platform for teacher voice, principal Ayla Gavins writes.

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