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Teachers as Owners: A Key to Revitalizing Public Education


reviewed by Martha Casas — 2003

coverTitle: Teachers as Owners: A Key to Revitalizing Public Education
Author(s): Edward J. Dirkswager (Ed.)
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Lanham
ISBN: 0810843714, Pages: 144, Year: 2002
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The idea of teachers coming together to form teacher professional partnerships (TPPs) is being realized in some charter schools in the United States.  Teachers as Owners: A Key to Revitalizing Public Education is a guide to helping educators create TPPs. Dirkswager provides a step-by-step account of how teachers can take ownership of their professional responsibilities by creating a business.  The author argues that the current practice of regarding teachers as employees prohibits them from becoming successful leaders.  Dirkswager suggests that when teachers own their own professional partnerships, they have more freedom and latitude to practice their trade as other professionals do, notably, lawyers, doctors, and accountants. The book is arranged topically.  Each chapter of the book addresses a key aspect of establishing a teacher professional partnership.  The chapters provide information on who the clients will be, the key ingredients of success, the options for designing and operating TPPs, and the implications of TPPs for teachers, students, parents, and the community.  Moreover, the appendices of the book provide the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1380-1381
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11146, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 8:01:52 AM

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  • Martha Casas
    University of Texas at El Paso
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    MARTHA CASAS is an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her primary research interests are teacher education and curriculum and instruction. Her recent article, “Making Pedagogical Theory Come Alive!” is scheduled for publication in volume 39 n. 3 of the Teacher Educator (Winter Issue 2004).
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