Labor-Management Collaboration & Whole District Reform

Updated: December, 2015

The Courage to Collaborate: The Case for Labor-Management Partnerships in Education, by Ken Futernick, Harvard Education Press, 2015

In The Courage to Collaborate, school turnaround expert Ken Futernick makes the case that collaboration between school management and teacher unions is a necessary condition for educational improvement. The author cites evidence showing that collaboration often leads to increased trust, stronger professional relationships, better policies, better implementation of programs and, ultimately, to better outcomes for students. Buy at HEP or Amazon.

Supporting Labor-Management Collaboration, American Educator (AFT), Winter 2013-2014

This special issue of American Educator highlights the work of labor-management collaboration. It features articles on the mounting research showing that partnerships between administrators, teachers, and unions strengthen schools, and it provides an in-depth look at two school districts—Union City, New Jersey, and Meriden, Connecticut—that are models of collaboration. This issue also examines the history of the AFT's path toward supporting strong labor-management relationships.

Labor-Management Collaboration Organizations
Resources for Labor-Management Collaboration
Teacher Unions and Education Reform

TURN -- Teacher Union Reform Network
Teacher Union Reform Network is a union-led effort to restructure the nation's teachers unions to promote reforms that will ultimately lead to better learning and higher achievement for all students. The primary goal of TURN is to create new union models that can take the lead in building and sustaining effective schools for all students.

Albert Shanker, a Sartorial Retrospective, from the American Teacher newspaper
Published in September, 1988, this mock edition of the American Teacher is a "Sartorial Retrospective" of one of the country's leading educators and sometime leading innovators, longtime American Federation of Teachers (AFT) leader Albert Shanker.

Principled Negotiations

Ki Thoughtbridge
Formerly Conflict Management Inc. (CMI), Ki Thoughbridge has served as advisors, trainers, and facilitators on negotiation, conflict management, and leadership development for hundreds of organizations and individuals.

How Principled Negotiations Works
How did traditional adversaries cooperate to develop a reform-oriented context in Boston? What forces influenced them? What role was played by a new form of bargaining, known as "principled negotiations"?
Excerpt from "The Making of a Contract for Education Reform", By Edward J. Doherty and Laval S. Wilson.

A New Negotiation Process For 21st Century Schools: Three Models For Implementing Change
By Irma Tyler-Wood, C. Mark Smith, and Charles Barker

Collective Bargaining In Education: Getting Started In Interest Based Negotiation
By Grande Lum


"Smarter Charters? Creating Boston's Pilot Schools", chapter in the book "Creating New Schools: How Small Schools Are Changing American Education", Teachers College Press, Fall 1999

"The Making of a Contract for Education Reform" (PDF), by Edward J. Doherty and Laval S. Wilson, Phi Delta Kappan, pgs. 791-796, June 1990