Improving Education Together

Improving Education Together A Guide to Labor-Management-Community Collaboration

Geoff Marietta, Chad d’Entremont, and Emily Murphy Kaur
Cloth, 184 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-063-4
Price: 58.00

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Paper, 184 Pages
Pub. Date: June 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-062-7
Price: 29.00

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Improving Education Together offers a step-by-step guide to Labor-Management-Community (LMC) collaboration, an intervention that has successfully improved student outcomes in a wide variety of school districts across the country. The authors illustrate how a culture of collaboration between labor, management, and community stakeholders can be built using readily available tools for needs assessment, root-cause analysis, team norms, brainstorming, consensus-building, and long-term planning. 


Improving Education Together offers a thoughtful and actionable road map for creating the schools our children deserve and our society needs. The premise is as simple as it is challenging: collaboration among teachers and school and community leaders represents the solution for transforming education. The authors draw heavily on the latest research in education, organizational behavior, and management to develop a truly useful approach to change. — Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard Business School

This valuable guide presents concepts, tools and exercises as well as practical steps for dealing with the many challenges that schools face in achieving better outcomes for students. The authors draw on extensive data from school districts that have implemented the collaborative process and document success stories when teachers, administrators, and community leaders work together. — Robert B. McKersie, professor emeritus, MIT Sloan School of Management

Collaboration is complicated, serious work. Anyone interested in or initiating labor management collaboration should read this thoughtful orientation and guide — Peter McWalters, former superintendent, Rochester, New York, and retired commissioner of education, state of Rhode Island

This book is well-written and organized, and achieves what it sets out to do: present state-of-the-art knowledge on LMC collaboration for successful school reform in an accessible, step-by-step format, complemented by a range of additional relevant tools and resources. — Carly Manion, Teachers College Record

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About the Authors

Geoff Marietta is the executive director of Pine Mountain Settlement School and a research fellow at Berea College. Chad d’Entremont is the executive director of the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. Emily Murphy Kaur is the director of the Massachusetts Education Partnership at the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy.