Resources

On this page we will provide tools for understanding progressive unionism, summaries or links to key reports and studies, case studies of union reform efforts, and useful links to allies and partner organizations.

Tools

This tool is used by MITUL to engage union leaders and activists in a conversation about the extent to which the work of union locals is sufficiently deep in the professional and social justice arenas. The tool engages union leaders in an...
This tool is used by MITUL not only to help a local determine whether and how they might take up a piece of proposed work, but also as a way to think about broadening the union’s mission.

Articles

The Mooney Insitute is the main focus of an Education Week cover story
A special commentary piece by Mark Simon and Naomi Baden about Tom Mooney's legacy in the teacher's movent appears in the January 30, 2008 issue of Education Week.
[The following testimony on how DCPS might learn from strategies used successfully in other districts for improving teaching quality was delivered on behalf of the Mooney Institute before the DC Office of the State Superintendent of...
A number of respected researchers have recently turned their attention to teacher unions and the role that labor agreements play in public education. They point out that unions have the potential to contribute to solutions to intractable problems,...
[In 2007 the National Commission on Education and the Economy issued its second report -- Tough Choices or Tough Times.  The Mooney Institute's Mark Simon authored the following critique presented on April 4, 2007 at the Capital Educators...
by Richard Rothstein ASCD's Educational Leadership April, 2008 It's not an excuse, but its important to be honest and realistic about the effects of poverty on academic achievement. Yes, every student can learn, but ignoring very real barriers and...

Reports and Studies

Broader, Bolder ApproachBroader, Bolder ApproachIn June, 2008, a task force made up of an impressive list of more than 60 education, religious, political, and economic leaders published a hard hitting statement declaring that accountability for...
In a new report released April 23 from the Forum for Education and Democracy, Linda Darling-Hammond, George Wood, and their colleagues articulate the four pillars of an education program for the new administration in 2009. This...
Richard Rothstein headed a new study that draws lessons from the private sector leading to a healthy dose of caution in utilizing pay-for-performance in education. The study examines the potential for goal distortion, manipulation of sub-groups, and...
Julia Koppich's Four-year Evaluation Report of the Montgomery County Professional Growth System -- The report describes the value of integrating a common framework to define good teaching, job-embedded professional development, time for teacher...
A new study from the Economic Policy Institute documents, state by state, how teacher pay has fallen behind comparable professions. March, 2008
A new study by Richard Rothstein makes a compelling case for broadening the scope of learning outcomes to include basic academic skills, but also critical thinking and problem solving, social skills and work ethic, citizenship and community...
This CCCR report, “Fresh Ideas in Collective Bargaining: How New Agreements Help Kids,” comments on efforts in a some locals to modify contracts when language gets in the way of school improvement, creating professional growth systems that improve...
Education Evolving's paper urges an emphasis on School Reform, not system reform, to get us back to a focus on teaching and learning and away from models of schooling that are broken.
Education Sector released this interesting study of what's wrong with teacher evaluation and some innovations that work, including a candid look at Toledo's Peer Review system.
Harvard University’s Susan Moore Johnson’s 2007 study of the work of union local presidents – their hopes, fears, beliefs and their take on important issues of the day. It turns out that local unions are very much engaged in and take seriously...

MITUL Case Studies

This case study can be used to illustrate an example of a union’s effort to intervene collaboratively with the district to turn around a low performing school. It’s not simple or easy.  The case reveals problems and provokes critical thinking...
This case study examines the challenges for the union when Boston’s Pilot Schools were established and then began to lead to problems. It is used as a provocation in teaching about the need for the union to be engaged in school innovation and some...

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