The purpose of this project was to inform debate over teacher union reform by examining the American TURN (Teacher Union Reform Network) program. TURN’s mission is to engage union members and leaders in restructuring teachers’ unions so that they focus on improving student learning.
Teacher Unions as Players in Education Reform: A Canadian look at an American trend –
This project resulted in a report that explores whether the model of “new teacher unionism” exemplified by TURN (Teacher Union Reform Network) in America could inform education policy in Canada. The report considers the factors behind teacher union reform in the US and chronicles the transition of American teachers from industrial workers into professionals through the 21st century. The final report was presented at a conference of BC School District administrators and provincial education leaders.