Unions & Districts Resources
We know that we can’t do this work alone and are dedicated to sharing our learning as broadly as possible. Find publications, research, and online courses that can support unions and districts working together to improve student performance.
Latest issue briefs and reports
The NEA Foundation Issue Brief: Unions Leading Innovation in the Use of Time
As the nation pursues the twin goals of educational excellence and equity, it continues to develop large new initiatives, such as substantially re-invented teacher evaluation systems and the emerging Common Core State Standards.
Recognizing the resultant, rising pressures on teachers that this work creates, a small number of innovative teacher unions and districts are exploring new ways to make the most of a scarce resource that is essential to student success: the wise use of teacher time.
This issue brief provides a snapshot of the work and experiences of two NEA Foundation-supported local unions and the teachers they represent, the Springfield Education Association, MA and the Elgin Teachers Association, IL, as they partner with their respective school districts to ensure high-quality instruction for all students. In both communities, structures and processes are being explored to configure time during the professional workday in new ways so that teachers can engage in ongoing and more robust professional learning—increasing the effectiveness of teachers and supporting improved learning conditions for students.
2013 Union-District Convening
2012 Union-District Convening
Labor Management Resources
There are an increasing number of examples of labor-management teams working to improve student performance nationwide. The publications and resources below give you a sense of what’s possible when we all work together.
Teaching Capacity Resources
There is growing consensus on the important role that a teacher plays in the life of a child. Below is a selection of recent research about how to build, scale and assess teaching capacity.
Parent and Community Engagement Resources
We know that involving communities is a critical piece in improving public education. A selection of relevant resources around community and parent engagement is below.
- Huffington Post Blog: It's About Time: Promising Efforts to Improve Our Schools With Right Amount of Time
- NEA Foundation Report: One step toward blowing up back-end accountability
- "Keep Austin Wired" with the NEA Foundation’s online courses
- Huffington Post Blog: Sense and Sustainability in Education Reform
- The unfulfilled promise of excellence and equity
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