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A New Case Study Explores Teacher-Run Schools

Posted on | September 30, 2010 | Comments Off on A New Case Study Explores Teacher-Run Schools

Many thanks to all those who helped, particularly to the students and the teacher/advisors at Avalon School in St. Paul, MN and to John and Cris Parr who graciously arranged my visit to Milwaukee.

Can Teachers Run Their Own Schools? Tales from the Islands of Teacher Cooperatives is published, and it can be downloaded free of charge for non-commercial use here. Another link can be found under the New Projects heading in the next column.

Your comments are most appreciated.

The teacher-run school idea is one that should inform our education practices.  As the case says, I do not expect these small islands of schools to replace the school district mainland, but these schools stand as existence proofs that teachers can create much more interesting jobs for themselves, that much of what we think as the barrier between teacher work and administrative work is poorly drawn, and that students are capable of much more self-control and direction than we commonly think.


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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'


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