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Register now for Oct 2-3 2014 Northeast TURN Conference in Cambridge, MA

September 10, 2014

Click here to Register Leading Our Profession: Union-Led Collaborative Approaches toward Implementing & Sustaining Education Reform Our next Northeast TURN Conference is set for October 2-3, 2014 in Cambridge, MA. We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity to bring together collaborative teams of union and management from across the NE region states. We are also proud to be able to have the Massachusetts Education Partnership join us as a co-sponsor for this conference. Over the past several years,… Read More


High School Benefits From Labor-Management Collaboration

November 19, 2014

Re-blogged from dbceducation.com The last stop on my recent visit to the Los Angeles area was Gahr High School in Cerritos, CA. Most of my school visits are going to be teacher-driven – that is, I’m choosing schools based on teachers I know or have heard about from others. Sometimes, it’s the school itself I’m interested in. And in this case, my first contact was actually with the school district, ABC Unified (which takes its name from three smaller districts that… Read More


CalTURN Fall Conference in Review

November 3, 2014

As the education policy landscape in California has evolved in recent years, CalTURN has enjoyed an opportunity to help districts redefine “accountability” through labor-management collaboration. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, California adopted a Local Control Funding Formula, and required districts to engage all stakeholders in the creation of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Accountability still includes standardized test scores, but the plan also calls for districts to provide evidence regarding overall services to students, access to needed… Read More


Register Now for Nov 21-22 Northwest TURN Conference in Portland, OR

October 24, 2014

LEADING OUR PROFESSION: Collaborative Approaches To Prepare Our Students for the 21st Century Click Here to Register Flyer • Infosheet Our next Northwest TURN Labor-Management Collaboration Conference is set for November 21-22, 2014 in Portland, OR. We are excited to be able to provide this opportunity to bring together collaborative teams of union and management from accross the NW region states. NW TURN has been working to bring together labor-management teams to examine programs, policies and practices that impact teaching effectiveness and… Read More


Useful Documents Expanding on Discussions from NE TURN

October 6, 2014

Three recent articles from Harvard, which speak to the promise of improvement networks to foster innovation: Getting to the Core and Evolving the Education Reform Movement to a System of Continuous Improvement (DOCX) Reframing the Politics and Knowledge Base of Education Reform. Mobilizing Teachers to Advance Equity in Education (DOCX) Innovation, Scale and Disruption to Advance Equity in Education (DOCX) NRC publications on 21st century skills (Education for Life and Work) from three sources: meyda.education.gov.il (PDF) The National Academies Press Board on Testing and… Read More


Register Now for Nov 6-7 Great Lakes TURN Conference in Downers Grove

September 25, 2014

REFRAMING OUR APPROACH to Prepare Teachers & Students for the 21st Century Click here to register Our next GL TURN Labor-Management Collaboration Conference: Reframing Our Approach to prepare Teachers & Students for the 21st Century is scheduled for November 6-7, 2014 at the Double Tree Chicago-Downers Grove, 2111 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove, IL 60515. We will be assembling presenters, both from our local unions and districts as well as nationally recognized specialists and guests to showcase and share their efforts in… Read More


Introducing TURN Talks

September 15, 2014

Our TURN website will feature a series of “TURN Talks” on a range of topics intended to support our TURN communities and their collaborative efforts to improve teaching and learning. The launch of our TURN Talks features Dr. W. Patrick Dolan, author of Restructuring Our Schools: A Primer for Systemic Change. Dr. Dolan received his undergraduate and masters degrees in philosophy from St. Louis University, earned a doctorate in organizational development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and held… Read More


Cal TURN Labor-Management Collaboration Conference

September 15, 2014

Excellence through Equity: Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Click Here to Register Curriculum • Agenda • Flyer • Infosheet Dates/Times: Thursday, October 9, 2014 (10:00am-5:00pm), Friday, October 10, 2014 (9:00am-2:00pm) Location: Manhattan Beach Marriott, 1400  Parkview Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Conference Registration Deadline: October 6, 2014 Registration Fee: $99 per person which includes breakfast and lunch on both days Contact information: Laura Sestak (217-546-8574) or laura.sestak@cecillinois.org Hotel accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Manhattan Beach Marriott at a rate of $179 per person (excluding taxes & fees).… Read More


Cultivating Collaboration: The Science Behind Thriving Labor-Management Relationships

September 13, 2014

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Annual TURN Survey 2014

September 8, 2014

The Annual Regional TURN Survey is designed to help us identify the needs of local teams and their progress in planning and implementing initiatives to improve teaching and learning.  The survey results will also identify common issues or outlier issues among our TURN regions, which will assist us in planning conferences, activities and seeking resources to support the work of our TURN locals.   Please take a few moments to complete this survey. The information we learn from our TURN locals… Read More


Session Videos from GL TURN Conference Summer 2014

September 8, 2014

Dolan: Building Collaborative Structures In this first of 3 videos, Dr. Dolan maps out some key factors that are impacting public education to help us assess “where we are” and “how we got here”. Dolan: Retooling the Teaching Profession Next, he provides a framework to assist our regional TURN teams in building collaborative structures and encourages us to empower teacher voices in retooling our teaching profession. Panel: Refining Teacher Evaluation Systems In the third video, CEC’s Shelley Taylor moderates a Panel Discussion with Glenview School… Read More


July 28-29, 2014 Regional TURN CCSS Conference

July 8, 2014

The deadline for registering a team to participate in our National Regional TURN CCSS Conference which will be held at the Chicago O’Hare Sheraton Hotel on July 28-29, 2014! The purpose of this conference is to bring together union-district collaborative teams of school and teacher leaders to learn from early implementation efforts of CCSS aligned curriculum-assessments-instruction from practitioners across the country. There is considerable financial support to send teams of 5-8. Registration fees and hotel accommodations will be covered and… Read More


Regional TURN Summer Conference 2014

July 8, 2014

The Regional TURN Summer Conference is just around the corner – July 28-29 in Rosemont, IL. Register here New: Download the Agenda and Conference Flyer


Northwest TURN Regional Satellite Takes Off!

May 20, 2014

Seattle, WA May 16-17, 2014  Over 75 participants representing 10 labor-management teams from Oregon and Washington attended the first Northwest TURN Labor-Management Conference on May 16-17, 2014 at the IAM & AW Lodge 751 in Seattle, WA. NW TURN Regional Coordinators, Mary Lindquist, past president of the Washington Education Association and Cindy Williams, President of Oregon City Education Association, opened the conference by with an overview of the Regional TURN efforts across the country and a history of TURN. Dr.… Read More


GL TURN Agenda May 1-2, 2014

April 9, 2014

Dear Great Lakes TURN Colleagues, We have assembled a strong group of presenters, panelists and case studies for our May 1-2, 2014 Great Lakes TURN Conference – focusing on how to collaboratively navigate the education reform initiatives that are challenging our education systems at the state and local levels. We have included Role Alike breakout sessions to provide opportunities for district administrators, boards of education members, union leaders, community members and school/teacher leaders to meet together to consider the changes… Read More


Protected: NE TURN Follow Up Forum: Clarifying the Common Core Standards

April 1, 2014

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Session Videos from Cal TURN Spring 2014 Conference

March 12, 2014

In this playlist of 5 videos from Cal TURN’s Spring 2014 conference, Dr. W. Patrick Dolan presents a tool to strengthen collaboration between district and union stakeholders, examines the collaborative structures – moving from district to site – and reflects upon the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in a 3-part session. Dolan: Overview of the Decision-Making 7 Point Continuum Dolan: Implementing the CCSS – Part 1: A Strategic Approach to Move from District to Site Dolan: Implementing the CCSS… Read More


Northeast TURN Spring 2014: Implementing the CCSS & Teacher Evaluations through Collaborative Partnerships

March 1, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014 (10 am – 5 pm) Saturday, March 22, 2014 (8:30 am – 12:30 pm) Featured Topics The Power of Collaborative Partnerships to Implement the Common Core and Teacher Evaluations CCSS Promising Practices for Practitioners and Leaders Assessments and the Common Core Labor-Management Collaborative Structures & Processes focused on improving Teaching & Learning Regional TURN Communities of Practice NE TURN Registration Registration Fee: $40 Included continental breakfast on Friday & Saturday Lunch: On Your Own To Register: Log… Read More


Why do people participate in Northeast TURN conferences?

February 17, 2014

See/hear what Caroline Foster, 6th-7th grade social studies & PEA Rep, Portland Public Schools has to say about NE TURN.


SW TURN Winter Forum February 21-22, 2014 Denver, CO

January 8, 2014

Location: Warwick Denver Hotel Friday’s sessions (convene @ 1:00pm) will include a comparison of existing PAR programs, which will be meant to help those interested in learning more about how to negotiate PAR in your district. We will also analyze how time is used in the high school day and the corresponding instructional strategies needed to make better use of student learning time.  These will be great sessions to invite administrators, policy makers, and other school officers too. Saturday’s sessions will focus on… Read More


Florida TURN: Inaugural Conference, Fall 2013

November 17, 2013

A total of 60 participants representing 10 counties across the state of Florida, accepted the invitation to participate in the launch of FloridaTURN. Most participated in teams of union & teacher leaders, school or district administration and parent/community leaders. The teams are at varying stages of development in the implementation of teacher evaluation systems and the Common Core standards. Counties represented: Brevard, Escambia, Hillsborough, Lake, Leon, Okeechobee, Orange, Palm Beach, Dade, and Volusia. Other organizations represented included: AFT, Consortium for Educational Change,… Read More


Southwest TURN Fall 2013 Conference: PAR and the Common Core

November 3, 2013

Atlanta, GA (Nov 2-3, 2013) ~ The fall 2013 meeting of Southwest TURN was held in Atlanta, GA on November 2-3, following the National TURN meeting.  The meeting included presentations on Peer Assistance and Review and the Common Core, as well as the usual SW TURN business meeting and framing and messaging training. There was a total of forty participants (16 first-timers) from seven states: Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and Utah participated. Tracey Johnson, Staff Consultant, Columbus (OH) Education… Read More


MASE TURN Fall 2013 Conference: Disorganizing to Organize

November 3, 2013

Raleigh, NC (Oct 18-19, 2013) ~ A small but determined group of teacher leaders and their district/community partners met to address the theme of “Strengthening Teacher Voice to Improve Teaching & Learning.” A keynote: “The Lay of the Land” was provided by Tim Dedman, NEA Disorganizing to Organize: Strengthening Teacher Voice to Improve Teaching & Learning Saturday, October 19 (10:00am-5:00pm) Sunday, October 20 (9:00am-2:30pm) Sheraton Raleigh Hotel Invitation Agenda Action Plan Form Our goal is to expand the capacity of MASE… Read More


Northeast TURN Fall 2013 Conference: Integrating & Implementing the CCSS

November 3, 2013

Cambridge, MA (Sept 27-28, 2013) ~ Teams representing union & teacher leaders, school and district administration, school board members and state leaders – a total of 80 participants – met at the Microsoft Corporation Cambridge Center, in Cambridge MA, to continue the work of building a culture of collaboration focused on teaching and learning. Dr. Patrick Dolan and Dr. Adam Urbanski framed the joint work of participating teams to learn from the early implementation efforts of teacher evaluation and student… Read More


National TURN Fall 2013 Conference: Getting Teacher Evaluation Right

November 3, 2013

Atlanta, GA (Nov 1-2, 2013) ~ Three thought leaders in the field of education reform (pictured here from left to right: Deborah Meier, Diane Ravitch, and Linda Darling-Hammond) were featured guests at the Fall Conference of the Teacher Union Reform Network. National TURN 2013 Fall Conference Also featured: Rob Weil, AFT, presented Highlights from the 3rd International Summit on the Teaching Profession. An update on the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation System, presented by Paul Toner, MTA President & Heather Peske, ESE,… Read More


GL TURN Fall 2013 Conference: Retooling Our Profession through the Common Core, Teacher Evaluation & Student Growth

November 1, 2013

Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8, 2013. ~ Sessions ~ Framing our Work Together – Connecting the Moving Parts ~ Dr. W. Patrick Dolan, Education Consultant, CEC; Dr. Adam Urbanski, President, Rochester Teachers Association A New Vision for Assessments – PARCC & Smarter Balance ~ Callie Riley, Senior Policy Associate for Postsecondary Engagement, Achieve; Dacia Hopfensperger, Director of State Services for Smarter Balanced; Moderator:  Dr. Patrick Dolan Breakout Sessions: Retooling the Profession A. Leading Through Collaborative Partnerships ~ Dr. W. Patrick Dolan… Read More


CCSS Joint Conference Summer 2013

October 19, 2013

Oak Brook, IL (July 9-10, 2013) ~ Great Lakes TURN and Northeast TURN co-sponsored a conference on the Common Core attracting over 200 participants, including labor-management teams from all five TURN regions.


GL TURN Nov 7-8, 2013 Agenda

October 16, 2013

GL TURN AGENDA Nov. 2013 (PDF) GL TURN Invitation Sep 2013 (DOC) GL TURN Nov 2013 Registration Flyer (PDF) Great Lakes TURN will convene on Nov 7-8, 2013 at the Doubletree Chicago-Downers Grove in Downers Grove, IL.  The Conference, Retooling Our Profession Through Teacher Evaluation, Student Growth and the Common Core, will feature Keynote Presentions an “A New Vision for Assessments – PARCC and Smarter Balance” and “Framing Our Work Together-Connecting the Moving Parts Through Collaboration” by Dr. Patrick Dolan and Dr. Adam… Read More


Cal TURN Fall 2013 Conference: Collaborative Approaches to CCSS

October 9, 2013

Poway, CA (Sept 13-14, 2013) ~ This was a very timely conference for CalTURN, as the state of California recently allocated $1 billion to California school districts to begin CCSS implementation. Hosted by the Poway Unified School District and the Poway Federation of Teachers, the conference attracted over 80 participants from 15 union-management teams seeking ways to work more collaboratively to implement the Common Core in schools and classrooms. The backdrop of the new state funding now provides considerable opportunity… Read More


Southwest TURN Spring Meeting June 14-15, 2013 Austin, TX

June 25, 2013

The spring meeting of Southwest TURN meeting was held June 14-15, in Austin, TX, as part of an effort to achieve more equitable involvement and engagement across the region. A bit of history — SW TURN initially organized in response to the Colorado legislation on teacher evaluation – seeking to find “a better way forward.”  The work and outreach has since expanded – framed around the theme of Results for Students (RfS), to include peer assistance and review (PAR) and… Read More


Protected: Northeast TURN Follow Up Forum: Owning the Practice of Teaching

April 29, 2013

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Protected: Northeast TURN Follow Up Forum: Assessments Worthy of Instruction

April 22, 2013

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Protected: Northeast TURN Follow Up Forum: Standards vs. Standardization

April 15, 2013

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Protected: Northeast TURN Follow Up Forum: College and Career Readiness

April 8, 2013

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Protected: Northeast TURN Follow Up Forum Participants

April 1, 2013

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Northeast TURN Follow-Up Forum April 1-May 3, 2013

April 1, 2013

During the month of April, 2013, Northeast TURN sponsored an online “Follow-Up Forum” on the topic: “Gearing Up for the Common Core.” Five video clips were used as discussion starters. The clips were taken from a keynote presentation by the same name, presented by Sandra Alberti, Student Achievement Partners, at the March 1-2, 2013, meeting of NE TURN. The clips were produced by Zack Wiseman, Virtual Community Organizer for NE TURN.  Zack collaborated with Gary Obermeyer, Networking Consultant/Webmaster for TURN… Read More


Gearing Up for the Common Core: a video clip forum

March 29, 2013

On behalf of Northeast TURN, I am pleased to invite you to participate in our first online forum: Gearing Up for the Common Core, featuring video clips from a session by the same name presented by Sandra Alberti, Student Achievement Partners, at our March 1-2, 2013, meeting. Each week, during the month of April, we will lauch a new thread/topic related to CCSS implementation: April 1 – Clarifying the Common Core Standards April 8 – College and Career Readiness April… Read More


GL TURN May 1-2, 2014

March 21, 2013

GL TURN May 2014 Registration Flyer (PDF) 1.0 GL TURN May 2014 Participant Agenda v1 (DOCX) GL TURN Invite May2014 (PDF) The Great Lakes TURN Labor-Management Conference: Retooling Our Profession – Collaboratively Navigating Amid Systems in Flux is scheduled for May 1-2, 2014 in Downer’s Grove, IL. This GL TURN Forum will focus on how to collaboratively navigate the myriad of education reform policies and initiatives that are causing great stress on our systems. We are assembling presenters, both from our local unions… Read More


GL TURN May 2-3, 2013

March 11, 2013

http://cecillinois.org/gl-turn-forum-2nd-3rd/ To Register for the May 2-3, 2013 Great Lakes TURN Conference: Linking Teacher Practice and Student Learning to the Common Core State Standards, log onto the link above. You will be provided additional information by downloading the Invitational Letter which can be accessed by clicking on the link below: GL TURN Invitation May 2013 As always, we encourage teams representing union and teacher leaders, school and district administrators, school board members and partners to join us. We look forward… Read More


NE TURN Winter Forum 2013: Linking the Common Core and Teacher Evaluation to Teacher Practice

March 7, 2013

March 1, 2013 8:30-4:30 March 2, 2013 8:30-noon Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) (see map) One Cambridge Center, 4th Floor Cambridge, Massachusetts This NE TURN Conference focused on Linking the Common Core and Teacher Evaluations to Teacher Practice. Participants explored ways to establish and improve programs and policies for improved teaching effectiveness and student learning, and examined the common core standards and how to link that work to teacher practice. A mix of local, state, and national leaders informed, encouraged, and… Read More


SW TURN Winter Conference 2013 Denver, CO

February 15, 2013

The meeting began Friday, Feb 8, at noon (lunch provided), and adjourned Saturday, Feb 9, at 3:00 p.m. The agenda: Friday Afternoon – Feb 8 (for both union and district folks - level 1 session for those new to the topic and a level 2 for those more familiar with the topics) Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) ELO Level 1 was led by Rob Stein of NCTL (NCTL ELO Presentation) and featured a presentation by Columbia Middle School, Aurora CO, Looking at how we… Read More


GL TURN November 2012 At Capacity

November 8, 2012

Welcome to the November 2012 Great Lakes TURN Forum in Downers Grove Illinois! Over 230 people have registered to attend which is the meeting space capacity. Team representing union and teacher leaders, school and district administrators, school board members and other stakeholders will be participating in this session. We look forward to listening and learning together!


Initial reactions to the NE TURN regional meeting in Cambridge, MA on 09/28/12

September 30, 2012

I’ve had a day to begin processing NE TURN’s excellent regional meeting held this past Friday, Sep. 28th in Cambridge, MA. I was struck by the intelligence, commitment and open-mindedness of those in attendance. Because their words more aptly tell the story of how we are going to make education work in the 21st century, I’ll be posting videos that I shot during the meeting. I hope that these videos inspire us to share our reflections and best practices –… Read More


Cal TURN April 2012 Conference

May 5, 2012

April 25-26, 2012 – Sacramento CA Agenda & Pre-Meeting Survey Labor/Management Collaboration: a Conference for California Educators Pomona Teacher Evaluation MOU, Commitment Letter, & Evaluation Forms being piloted in the SIG schools. UTLA’s Teacher Development Framework The Politics of Learning 2.0 From Governance to Capacity Building, by Charles Taylor Kerchner, January 2012 Forward Together: Better Schools Through Labor-Management Collaboration A study of the changing labor-management paradigm, by WestEd. Framing ~ Our Message ~ Our Voice Poway Federation of Teachers Session Videos Dolan on… Read More


Great Lakes TURN Forum Fall 2011

August 6, 2011

Save the Date! The next Great Lakes TURN Forum is scheduled for November 3-4, 2011 in Chicago area.  Go to www.turnexchange.net to access video clips from our May 2011 meeting on “Using Value Added Data to Improve Teacher Effectiveness and Appraisal Systems”. Video clips include: Dr. W. Patrick Dolan, Steve Cantrall and the MET Project, Rob Meyer from VARC, and the presentation by Mayville, OH on their use of value added data to improve student learning!