The new teachers’ contract is a win for students as well as educators, writes Greg Anrig in a blog post at the Century Foundation.
Calling the contract’s approach “the inverse of the top-down, improve-or-else philosophy pursued by former mayor Michael Bloomberg,” Anrig writes, “The new organizational practices embedded in the ratified UFT contract emulate strategies that have improved student outcomes, according to mounting research published over the past decade.”
Anrig identifies identify three central pillars, supported by a wealth of research on education, that will benefit students:
- Enabling teachers and their union to be formally included in decision-making about most aspects of school operations
- Creating opportunities for teachers to receive ongoing advice from peers and other instructional experts, much as athletes are coached on how to improve their performance
- Strengthening connections between teachers and parents
“Those changes are intended to build trust among all the stakeholders in public schools, provide teachers with new opportunities to influence decisions beyond the classroom, and create systems for improving the quality of teaching day-in and day-out,” Anrig concludes.