Teachers and staff at CICS ChicagoQuest announced today that they want a collective voice in their school community. 32 of the 33 educators at CICS ChicagoQuest declared that they are organizing a union at their school to strengthen the relationships between the school, teachers, school management, and other stakeholders to ensure student-centered policies.
“High-level decisions ultimately impact students and teachers in the classroom. I support unionizing because I believe shared leadership that values staff voice is essential to fostering and sustaining classroom environments that push the boundaries of traditional education.” Cat Greim, Project Specialist.
“I want to form a union because teachers and staff will do their best work if they have the safety and job security to take risks, push their practice, and be open about their needs and strengths. Having a union will allow all parties at ChicagoQuest to be more honest, concrete, and accountable, which will directly benefit our students.” Luke Carman, Codeworlds teacher.
ChicagoQuest opened in September 2011 as one of sixteen campuses in the Chicago International Charter Schools (CISC) network. In 2009, three other CICS campuses formed the first union of charter school teachers in the city of Chicago. CICS ChicagoQuest is a unique “game-like learning” school, offering a curriculum that is organized around systems-thinking and game design, which currently serves grades 6-9 in the 2013-2014 school year.
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Some people say “unions and charter schools don’t mix” but I can prove that a good union will make a charter school better.
At Khepera, my charter school in Philadelphia’s Mount Airy neighborhood, teachers and staff formed a union three years ago and negotiated a fair contract with our…
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Recently, a student asked my co-worker, “Why do we keep having new principals?” One thing I have learned in my experience as a teacher is that schools must sustain a stable learning environment for students. This is not the case at ASPIRA of Illinois, which has endured two changes in the network’s administration, repeated turnover in school leadership, and well over 50 percent teacher turnover. Our students deserve stable learning environments.
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WHAT TEACHERS MAKE by Taylor Mali
Is this based on that slam poet who has a very similar bit?
Yeah, that was Taylor Mali’s performance.
THIS IS SO TRUE FOR GOOD TEACHERS, IT HURTS!