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Reiche School Is Teacher-Powered Leader

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Reiche School Is Teacher-Powered Leader
Posted on 11/13/2018
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In 2010, Reiche Community School became the first public school in the country to convert from a traditional principal-led model to an innovative teacher-powered model. Reiche continues to do pioneering work in this growing movement, and now will be featured at a national Teacher-Powered Schools conference to be held in Boston Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Across the country, a growing number of educators are transforming student learning and the teaching profession in new ways through teacher-powered schools. In teacher-powered schools, teacher teams secure autonomy to design and run their schools by making the decisions impacting student success. Hundreds of educators and union and district leaders will be convening in Boston for the third Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference.

Two Reiche teachers, David Briley and Lori Bobinsky, will be presenting during the conference. In addition, more than 30 conference participants will be bused up to Reiche on Friday, Nov. 30, for a pre-conference school tour to see the school’s culture of collaboration at work. There also will be pre-conference tours that day at Mission Hill K-8 School and Boston Teachers Union School; Boston Day and Evening Academy and Fenway Pilot High School; Mildred Avenue K-8 School and Another Course to College in the Boston area.

Reiche has gained a national reputation for working hard to create a culture that is student-centered through shared leadership. At the 2015 Teacher-Powered Conference, Reiche was recognized for its outstanding partnership between the school community, the teacher’s union and the district.

The conference is the largest national gathering for teacher teams interested in developing a teacher-powered school, those already working in schools with a teacher-powered governance model, and those teams wanting to improve at collaborative decision-making. There are also learning strands designed for union leaders and administrators interested in how they can create space for teacher-powered schools.

There are currently more than 120 schools operated by teacher teams in 19 states – with more on the way. Support for teacher-powered schools is astounding: a May 2014 report by Education Evolving found that 85 percent of Americans think teacher-powered schools are a good idea, while a majority of teachers want to work in one.

Registration is open for the conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Boston.  Conference registration is $349 per person, with a 15 percent discount for groups of four or more. To register or to learn more about the 2018 Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference visit https://www.teacherpowered.org/conference/2018.

For more information and to learn more about Teacher-Powered Schools, visit www.teacherpowered.org and like Teacher-Powered Schools on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/teacherpowered, or Twitter at https://twitter.com/teacherpowered.

The Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative is a joint project of Education Evolving and the Center for Teaching Quality. 

For more information, contact:

Amy Junge, Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative, Education Evolving, Phone: 949-300-4876, Email: amy@educationevolving.org

Renee Bourgoine-Serio, Lead Teacher, Reiche Community School, Phone: 207-874-8175 Email: bourgr@portlandschools.org

David Briley, Teacher-Powered Ambassador, Reiche Community School, Phone: 207-874-8175 Email: briled@portlandschools.org