Our TURN: Revitalizing Public Education and Strengthening Democracy Through the Collective Wisdom of Teachers

Teacher Union Reform Network

Teacher Union Reform Network is a union-led effort to strengthen the nation’s teachers unions by promoting progressive reforms that will ultimately lead to better learning for all students. Because teachers are closest to students, to the learning process, and because of their link to parents and the larger communities, we are in a unique position to stimulate the necessary changes that will lead to sustaining more equitable and effective schools for all students.

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Center for School Improvement Leadership Institute

November 27, 2017

Creating Safe and Welcoming School Communities Through Positive School Climate and Culture January 18-20, 2018 | New York City The American Federation of Teachers' Center for School Improvement and the United Federation of Teachers Teacher Center, are partnering again to deliver an institute on collaboration skills for labor-management and community teams to transform schools and communities. Read More

Our TURN: Revitalizing Public Education and Strengthening Democracy Through the Collective Wisdom of Teachers

October 4, 2017

With major changes to public education coming from top-down prescriptions in recent decades, schools have shifted from their original purpose – advancing the common good. More than 20 years ago, the National TURN began convening classroom teachers and teacher leaders for a series of open discussions around the country. We asked participants: How must we strengthen public education in ways that reflect the collective wisdom of teachers? How can public education, once again, become “the great equalizer” and the foundation for our democracy? Read More

Case Study: Impacts of SW TURN on the San Antonio Independent School District

August 8, 2017

What is Southwest TURN?Over the past decade, the Southwest Teacher Union Reform Network has worked to bring together teacher union and school district leaders to study innovative reforms that can lead to increased achievement for all students. Through twice yearly meetings, SW TURN brings together union leaders, administrators, outside experts, and other key stakeholders. Over the past several years, districts participating in SW TURN have represented some of the largest in the region, including Denver, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Austin, Houston, Omaha and Tulsa. Read More