October 23, 2009 Leave a comment
Major kudos to the city of New Haven and the New Haven Federation of Teachers for arriving at a new teachers contract that should be a national model for how to best support turnaround schools. Read it yourself, but a few key points are that the contract:
1) Allows for Lead Partners, outside organizations that manage the turnaround process;
2) Makes working in a turnaround school voluntary for teachers; and,
3) Allows for flexible operating conditions, particularly around the length of school day and year.
David Brooks has some comments here. New Haven has always had a strong charter presence – the remarkable Amistad Academy is the birthplace of high performing CMO Achievement First – and bringing some of the best practices learned there to the rest of district is crucial. And, you all thought New Haven was just Yale and pizza …