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Teachers Unions: Strong Organizations Rising to the Challenge of 21st Century Teaching and Learning

This issue brief provides a point of departure for teacher union leaders and members to peer into and unpack union organizational development.


It is intended as a tool for self-assessing organizational capacity against an evolving landscape of educational reform at the local, state and national levels, and must consider, among other factors:


  • union size and structure
  • specific reform initiatives on which unions have or must henceforth be focused
  • the sets of relationships they have or must cultivate


As we enter further into the 21st century, we are confident that the extent to which unions are able to initiate and/or actively participate in shaping the conditions that affect teaching quality” (Nina Bascia 2003) and the status of the profession of teaching writ large will continue to grow.


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