The Courage to Collaborate: The Case for Labor-Management Partnerships in Education

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In The Courage to Collaborate, school turnaround expert Ken Futernick makes the case that collaboration between school management and teacher unions is a necessary condition for educational improvement. The author cites evidence showing that collaboration often leads to increased trust, stronger professional relationships, better policies, better implementation of programs and, ultimately, to better outcomes for students.

Drawing on new research, his own experience, and the experience of dozens of other district and union leaders, Futernick details key features and benefits of labor-management collaboration. He also identifies and addresses several obstacles preventing its widespread adoption, including resistance to change, myths about what collaboration really means, skepticism about unions, lack of technical support, and misguided education policy.

The Courage to Collaborate recommends strategies and tactics for educators, policy makers, and others interested in embracing collaboration over confrontation. Both sides—unions and management—must make changes so that collaboration becomes the norm, rather than the exception, Futernick argues.

While not sufficient in itself, labor-management collaboration is a necessary ingredient for creating an education system in which all students have an opportunity to attend good schools.

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In this bold, insightful book, school turnaround expert Ken Futernick makes the case that collaboration between district management and teacher unions is a necessary condition for educational improvement. Futernick details key features and benefits of labor-management collaboration, and addresses obstacles preventing its widespread adoption. The Courage to Collaborate recommends strategies and tactics for educators, policy makers, and others interested in embracing collaboration over confrontation.

“For those of us who have been in the trenches, working hard on labor-management collaboration, Futernick’s book comes as a clear, refreshing, and balanced analysis of this complex work. The book features an abundance of practical advice, ‘how to’ tips, and tangible evidence of successful, collaborative strategies. In the end, it’s a lucid and compelling call to action.”
—Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy, and founding director, Education Redesign Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“The us-against-them mentality between labor and management or teachers and administrators works against the primary mission of every school district: educating all students. Instead of giving priority to adult issues, broad collaboration puts students first. As Ken Futernick documents, working with one another leads to better academic outcomes for all students, including minority children from low-income families. When students are the winners, there are no losers.”
—Ramon C. Cortines, superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

“Labor-management collaboration remains our best hope for addressing and resolving impediments to better student learning.... Only together can we access the needed resources and persuade others—the public, the politicians, and our communities—that we’ll make good use of the resources we seek.”
From the foreword by Adam Urbanski, president, Rochester Teachers Association; vice president, American Federation of Teachers; and cofounder, Teacher Union Reform Network

Ken Futernick is an educational consultant to schools, school districts, and policy makers across the United States. He is a cofounder and past director of the School Turnaround Center at WestEd.

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Ken Futernick is an educational consultant to schools, school districts, and policy makers across the United States. He is a cofounder and past director of the School Turnaround Center at WestEd. Adam Urbanski is president of the Rochester Teachers Association, vice president of the American Federation of Teachers, and cofounder of the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN).

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