I am an original TU member. I just don't have the time to get involved deeply in the work they do ... I am more focused right now on the work MORE is doing in the union and the work Change the Stakes is doing on testing. But the work Teachers Unite does is very important. This Saturday they are focusing in the School Leadership Teams -- which I believe is a key to democratizing our school system by empowering staff and parents.
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Schools Are Us!Democracy only works if you #useit
"Schools Are Us" is an instructional guide and grassroots
organizing tool from Teachers Unite about the power that parents, students, and educators have to make change in their schools.We want to share it with you!Created in collaboration with CUP and designer Silas Munro, this issue of Making Policy Public includes a fold-out poster that lays out the different levels of decision makers who govern NYC’s schools. School and organizations across the city are using Schools Are Us to map out organizing strategies and engage school stakeholders in political education about school governance structures."This is the guide for parents to demystify the governance structure of the DOE, the largest school district in the U.S. For a parent to interact with and understand the governance structure [of the DOE] they need easy access. This is that entry point... This poster is it!"-Rob Bowen, educational activistYou can see the whole guide here.To request hard copies for your school or organization, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.In addition to the guide, Teachers Unite has developed complementary tools and resources, including:
- A BINGO game (attached) about School Leadership Teams, Comprehensive Education Plans, and NYC school system history. The answers to all the questions (plus a description of Presidents Councils, the Chancellor’s job description, and more) can be found in the guide
- Workshops tailored to your school or organization about the guide, the power of SLTs, and more. For more information, visit our website.
- Your Schools, Your Voice: a report by Teachers Unite and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center about the impact of Mayoral Control on community participation in schools.