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United Mind Workers: Unions and Teaching in the Knowledge Society (Jossey-Bass Education Series)by Charles Taylor Kerchner
Synopses & Reviews
How teacher's unions can serve as advocates of innovative school reform.In this groundbreaking work, the authors make a compelling case for transforming teacher unions to become champions of quality schooling. This new model of teacher unions would be organized around issues of quality teaching and professional development, as well as, economic fairness. The authors propose strategies for expanding the influence of unions by involving them in the setting of educational standards, evaluating teacher performance, and promoting career security, portable pensions, and employment services for teachers. The book maps out new contracting strategies and labor law reforms that would allow unions to be more flexible and responsive to change.
This new model of teacher unions is organized around issues of quality teaching and professional development, as well as economic fairness. The authors propose strategies for expanding the influence of unions by involving them in the setting of educational standards, evaluating teacher performance, and promoting career security.
The authors have established United Mind Workers web pages that contain portions of the book, research reports, and work in progress as well as links to other labor and teacher reform web pages and links to the authors' electronic mail boxes. For the web pages, go to: www.cgu.edu. Click on FACULTY, then Kerchner.
About the Author
CHARLES TAYLOR KERCHNER is a professor of education at the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California and a noted authority on teacher unionism and post-industrial education.
JULIA E. KOPPICH served until recently on the faculty of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley and as director of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). She is now managing partner of a new educational consulting firm in Berkeley, California and also serves as associate professor of education at the Claremont Graduate School.
JOSEPH G. WEERES is professor of education at the Claremont Graduate School and specializes in the impact of technology on educational policy. Kerchner and Weeres live in Claremont, California and Koppich in Berkeley, California.
Table of Contents
Part I: A Post-Industrial Unionism.
1. Organizing the Other Half of Teaching.
2. From Siege Mentality to Transformational Vision.Part II: The Quest for Quality.
3. Improving the Craft of Teaching.
4. Upgrading Educational Standards.
5. Evaluating the Work of Peers.
Part III: New Union-Management Agreements.
6. Reforming the District-Wide Contract.
7. Establishing School-Based Compacts.
Part IV: Tasks for the Future.
8. Strengthening the Market for Teachers.
9. Creating New Representation Roles for Unions.
10. Reforming the Labor Law.
11. Organizing for the Knowledge Era.
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