Posted by School Redesign on Wednesday, 03/26/2014
Trusting Teachers with School Success answers the question: What would teachers do if they had the autonomy to make classroom decisions and collectively—with their colleagues—make decisions influencing school success?
The Amazon.com book description for Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots, authored by Kim Farris-Berg, Edward J. Dirkswager, and Amy Junge, says:
Lately, our nation’s strategy for improving our schools is mostly limited to “getting tough” with teachers. Blaming teachers for poor outcomes, we spend almost all of our energy trying to control teachers’ behavior and school operations. But what if all of this is exactly the opposite of what is needed? What if teachers are the answer and not the problem? What if trusting teachers, and not controlling them, is the key to school success?
By examining the experiences of teachers who are already trusted to call the shots in schools, this book answers the question: What would teachers do if they had the autonomy to make classroom decisions and collectively—with their colleagues—make decisions influencing school success? For example, decisions about school curricula, allocating school budgets, and whom to hire.
Teachers with decision making authority can create the schools that many of us profess to want--and many such schools already exist. These schools individualize learning. Their students are active (not passive) learners who gain academic and life skills. Their cultures are similar to those found in high-performing organizations. And their teachers accept accountability while innovating and making efficient use of resources.
The promising results of these schools suggest: it’s time to trust teachers.
http://www.amazon.com/Trusting-Teachers-School-Success-Happens/dp/1610485106/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395057329&sr=1-1&keywords=trusting+teachers+with+school+success Farris-Berg, Kim, Edward J. Dirkswager and Amy Junge. 2012. Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots. Lanham: R&L Education. Pages 134-136.