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Cultivating Collaboration (PDF)
The Science behind Thriving Labor-Management Relationships
By Greg Anrig
Rigorous studies show that effective public schools are built on strong, collaborative relationships between administrators and teachers. Such partnerships hold more promise for meaningful reform than top-down policies made without teacher input.
Banding Together (PDF)
Union City's Teachers and Administrators Work Together to Improve Student Achievement
By David L. Kirp
At a time when superstars promise "miracle cures," and amid the hoopla over choice and charters, the collaborative work in one New Jersey school district quietly but formidably points the way toward a more promising and usable school-improvement strategy.
Strengthening Partnerships (PDF)
How Communication and Collaboration Contribute to School Improvement
By Saul A. Rubinstein
School districts that foster collaborative partnerships have common characteristics, including open lines of communication and supportive infrastructures. Findings from one such district show the strong link between partnerships and increased student performance.
Moving Meriden (PDF) (HTML)
In Connecticut, a Road Map for Union-District Relations
By Jennifer Dubin
The labor-management partnership in Meriden Public Schools has brought teachers and administrators together to focus on supporting educators so they can improve student achievement.
The Bargaining Table and Beyond (PDF) (HTML)
How the AFT Came to Support Labor-Management Collaboration
By Phil Kugler
The AFT's longtime director of organizing and field services tells the story of the union's evolving support for labor-management collaboration.
Where We Stand (PDF)
Pushing Forward Together
By Randi Weingarten
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American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.