Six Degrees of School Improvement: Empowering a New Profession of Teaching

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IAP, 2011 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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Amidst the contentious debates about teacher effectiveness, most people believe that unions, education colleges, charter networks, consulting agencies, textbook publishers, test producers, professional associations, teachers, and researchers disagree with one another about the most essential school reforms. Though all these groups do certainly have their own interests and perspectives, they also all desire to see that students are better prepared for a competitive world. What if all these groups worked together for that very goal? What would happen if all reform work in PK-12 education centered on the improvement of teaching? Would teachers be treated differently? Would they respond to their work in more innovative ways? Would it change the quality of education that children in the United States receive? Six Degrees of School Improvement: Empowering a New Profession of Teaching provides glimpses of this realistic approach to American education reform with an eye toward what the system might look like in one to two generations from now. The book makes a solid case for "collaborative professionalism," a system that binds professionals together under a common set of understandings about the ways in which children and adolescents learn content knowledge and acquire skills. It argues that popular approaches to school improvement circumvent teachers and thus further de-skill and disempower the very people responsible for student learning in classrooms. Most importantly, the book provides very clear guidance on building a system of collaborative professionalism among teachers.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
PART III
5
The Great Debate That Misses the Point
9
The Foundations of a Collaborative Profession of Teaching
37
PART II
53
A Small World After All?
91
Equipping a Collaborative Profession
111
Getting the Word Out
147
Cementing Comprehensive Connections Within the Profession
177
Networks for Professional Knowledge Transfer and Practice
213
Toward Collaborative Professionalism in Education
229
References
237
About the Author
271
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