Teacher Ownership/Democratic Governance Category 6

Here is a collection of articles written on the EdVisions model and network schools.

Teacher Ownership/Democratic Governance articles

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Category 6: Teacher and staff evaluations by peers, students, and parents; performance-based pay and at-will employment (if applicable).

Barbieri, R. (2012). Merit payIndependent School72(1), 50-57.

This article discusses merit pay for teachers in the U.S., pay based on student performance, and the role of the attitudes of an independent school's board of trustees in determining school policy. Employment psychology theories developed by researcher Edgar Schein are discussed, and teachers' versus entrepreneurs' motivations are described. Books such as "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel Pink and "Made to Stick" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath are cited.

Bergman, J. Z., Rentsch, J. R., Small, E. E., Davenport, S. W., & Bergman, S. M. (2012). The shared leadership process in decision-making teams. Journal of Social Psychology152(1), 17.

The present study examined the process of shared leadership in 45 ad hoc decision-making teams. Each team member's leadership behavior (n = 180) was assessed by behaviorally coding videotapes of the teams' discussions. The within-team patterns of leadership behavior were examined using cluster analysis. Results indicated that the likelihood of a team experiencing a full range of leadership behavior increased to the extent that multiple team members shared leadership, and that teams with shared leadership experienced less conflict, greater consensus, and higher intragroup trust and cohesion than teams without shared leadership. This study supports previous findings that shared leadership contributes to overall team functioning, and begins to delineate the extent to which team members may naturally share leadership.

Donaldson, M. L., & Donaldson Jr., G. A. (2012). Strengthening teacher evaluation: What district leaders can do. Educational Leadership69(8), 78.

This article offers suggestions for educational leaders in the U.S. to improve teacher evaluation methods by establishing a system of adult learning. The author reports that teachers should be encouraged to provide input and feedback on the design of performance evaluation systems. District leaders can work with principals on teacher observation and consultation skills-allowing administrators to provide effective and helpful feedback to teachers. The article also discusses the importance of prioritizing instructional improvement in school districts.

Hansen, W. L. (2014). Rethinking the student course evaluation. Liberal Education100(3), 6.

This article presents the author's views on a customized approach for student course evaluations in the U.S. which can reportedly improve learning and teaching. The author states that the existing standard evaluation forms are insufficient for the assessment of courses and instructors with unconventional teaching methods. He argues that each faculty member can develop their own evaluation forms that meet their needs and incorporate them with required questions from standard forms.

Mack Trapanese, E. (2017). Helping teachers become leaders. Education Digest83(3), 37-39.

This article discusses the benefits of having teacher leaders at Samuels Elementary in Denver Public Schools in Colorado. Topics mentioned include: the role of teacher leaders in helping the principal realize his vision of providing observation and feedback cycles to every teacher, ability of teacher leaders in piloting strategies in the classroom that leads to growth of teachers, and the interest of teacher leaders in school leadership at the administrative level.

Smith, A. (2016). Collaboration is the key ingredient in a recipe for success. Inside Tucson Business24(37), 3.

This article reports on the importance of consensus and collaboration in the success of businesses. The usefulness of public-private partnerships in the completion of projects and collaborations.  It also mentions that corporate expansion, recruitment, and retention are the critical components to economic vitality.

What role do you think students should play in educator evaluations. (2015). Leadership45(2), 27.

This article presents the views of education stakeholders regarding the issue of students’ role in the educator evaluation. Assistant superintendent Robert A. Martinez states that students need to have a system where their opinions are heard. School superintendent Dr. Judy D. White says that students should be given the chance to share their views about their teachers while student council state president Shawn Ahdout says that students give insights that can be important in rating teachers.