Research indicates that effective partnerships between district, school, and union leaders improve student outcomes. In this joint publication by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Teacher Union Reform Network of AFT & NEA Locals and Partners (TURN), researchers profile districts of varying size and demographics that have collaborated with unions to ensure teachers have a voice in the process of implementing Common Core. Although specific collaborative practices varied from district to district, the researchers were able to identify common characteristics that contributed to successful district-level Common Core implementation: (1) teachers involved in district- and school-level governance; (2) teachers on special assignment; (3) teachers in leadership roles who still actively participate in the classroom; (4) professional development; and (5) time for collaboration. In districts that had these characteristics, teachers felt their input was particularly influential in professional development, collaborative time, and the development of instructional materials.
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