On Tuesday, Feb. 15, 150 school districts from across the United States will meet in Denver for a conference to address this question: in education, how can we transform the relationship between management and labor into a strong partnership for improving instruction and student achievement?
At this first-of-its-kind conference, participants will hear from other superintendents, school boards, and teacher union leaders who are working together to redefine the labor-management relationship in their communities. They’ll be asked to take a fresh look at their own unique relationship, and the policies and agreements that affect it. They’ll be invited to develop their own plans for redefining that relationship in their schools. Most importantly, they will do this critical work as a team; in order to attend the conference, each district is sending its superintendent, school board leader and the leader of its union or teachers association.
The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, American Association of School Administrators, Council of the Great City Schools, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Funding to support the conference is being provided by the Ford Foundation.
Materials developed for the Feb. 15-16 conference are now available on ED.gov. You can find the agenda, presenters and attendees, the welcome message from conference sponsors, and principles of student-centered labor-management relationships at the “Advancing Student Achievement Through Labor-Management Collaboration” website. The site will be updated with additional materials during the conference and after.
We invite you to visit the “Advancing Student Achievement Through Labor-Management Collaboration” website!