The Courage to Collaborate

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

Ken Futernick
cloth, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-893-1
Price: $64.00

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paper, 240 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-892-4
Price: $32.00

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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.


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

Advocating trust building through informal relationships, Futernick provides a comprehensive description of labor management collaboration to not only address current disputes between teacher unions and school administrators, but also tackle the ultimate goal of improving teacher effectiveness resulting in better outcomes for students. — L. B. Jabs, CHOICE Connect

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About the Author

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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