'What if teachers were owners, not employees?' Teacher-ownership is a revolutionary way to put excitement and meaning back into the teaching profession and to revitalize public education. This book demonstrates how being an owner rather than an employee can give teachers control of their professional activity, including full responsibility and accountability for creating and sustaining high performing learning communities. It presents examples of teacher-ownership in practice and provides practical models for those who would like to experience the professional satisfaction found in ownership. Like doctors, lawyers, and other professionals, teachers have the same opportunity to work for themselves through ownership of professional partnerships. In a professional partnership, the teachers are the leaders and decision-makers. They control their own work and their own relationships to students, including determining curriculum, setting the budget, choosing the level of technology available to students, determining their own salaries, selecting their colleagues, monitoring performance and hiring administrators to work for them, not vice versa.
About the Author
Edward J. Dirkswager is an associate at the Center for Policy Studies, St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a health care business executive and consultant with a long-term involvement in public education. He worked on a task force of the Minnesota Business Partnership that recommended the legislative enactment allowing students freedom of choice among public schools.
Table of ContentsChapter 1 Foreword
Chapter 2 Preface
Chapter 3 What is a Teacher Professional Partnership?
Chapter 4 Who are the Potential Clients of Teacher Professional Partnerships?
Chapter 5 What are the Key Ingredients of Success?
Chapter 6 What are the Options for the Design and Operation of a Teacher Professional Partnership?
Chapter 7 What are the Implications?
Chapter 8 EdVisions Cooperative: An Example of a Teacher Professional Partnership
Chapter 9 Changing the National Discussion
Chapter 10 Appendix A: Comparison of Legal Structures for Doing Business as a Teacher Professional Organization
Chapter 11 Appendix B: Options for Private Retirement Plans for Teacher Professional Partnerships
Chapter 12 Appendix C: Outline of a Business Plan for a Teacher Professional Partnership
Chapter 13 Appendix D: Emerging Model: I.D.E.A.L. Charter School Cooperative
Chapter 14 Appendix E: National Meeting on Teacher Professional Partnerships
Chapter 15 Appendix F: Technical Assistance: Where to Begin
Chapter 16 Bibliography
Chapter 17 About the Editor and Contributors