American Educator: Winter 2013–2014

  • Where We Stand

    Pushing Forward Together Randi Weingarten

    I have seen labor-management relations at their best and at their worst. In fact, I’ve been party to both. In my early days as president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, I worked closely with the then-chancellor of the city’s public schools to launch one of the most...

  • Supporting Labor-Management Collaboration

    Far too often, news coverage of public education today focuses on its seemingly insurmountable problems. Sensational accounts of conflict and mistrust dominate headlines. Stories seem to be published daily in which outsiders seeking to completely overhaul public schools are glorified, while...

  • Cultivating Collaboration

    The Science behind Thriving Labor-Management Relationships Greg Anrig

    In recent years, rigorous studies have shown that effective public schools are built on strong collaborative relationships between administrators and teachers. Those findings have helped to accelerate a movement in some districts across the United States focused on constructing such partnerships...

  • Mounting Interest in Labor-Management Collaboration

    Several notable conferences have been held recently on labor-management collaboration, engaging teams of management and union leaders. In 2010, the AFT, along with scholars from university labor-management programs, organized the first National Conference on Collaborative School Reform (see "...

  • Community Building in Cincinnati

    Greg Anrig

    One of the largest U.S. urban school districts to experience substantial and sustained improvements in student outcomes is Cincinnati, Ohio, now recognized as a national model of collaboration between administrators and teachers, along with parents and community groups. Although there were...

  • Banding Together

    Union City's Teachers and Administrators Work Together to Improve Student Achievement David L. Kirp

    The report of a blue-ribbon commission chaired by Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City's public schools, and Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state in the administration of President George W. Bush, came as a shocker. U.S. Education Reform and National Security, published in the...

  • Strengthening Partnerships

    How Communication and Collaboration Contribute to School Improvement Saul A. Rubinstein

    For most of the past decade, I have studied union-management efforts to improve public education. In this time, I have witnessed extraordinary examples of teachers, union leaders, and administrators who are working together to improve teaching and learning. These examples provide a counterstory...

  • Moving Meriden

    In Connecticut, a Road Map for Union-District Relations Jennifer Dubin

    In the 1990s, the relationship between the Meriden Public Schools and the local teachers' union, the Meriden Federation of Teachers, was frosty with a lack of trust. The union spent much of its time fielding concerns from teachers who believed principals were not treating them as professionals....

  • The Bargaining Table and Beyond

    How the AFT Came to Support Labor-Management Collaboration Phil Kugler

    When I first came to the American Federation of Teachers in 1973, there was no such thing as labor-management collaboration. It was a term I had never heard of, and no one used it. Back then, we focused on supporting local unions in their struggles to win collective bargaining rights. At the...

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