Resources

 

About Our Schools Coalition

Closing the Gap

Professional Growth & Compensation

Evaluation

Staffing

Parent & Family Communication

Collective Bargaining Agreement

Coalition Events

 


About

OSC Factsheet (Sept 2013)

Learn more about who we are, our accomplishments and our goals.

OSC 2013 PLATFORM_FINAL (August 2013)

Read the most up-to-date version of the OSC Platform, signed by community partners.

Survey of Seattle Parents and Voters on Our Schools Coalition Platform Issues (Fall 2012)

Find out why community voice in the teacher contract negotiations is so important and what you can do to have a say.

Teacher Contract Negotiations in Seattle: Why it matters for our students (Dec 2012)

Find out why community voice in the teacher contract negotiations is so important and what you can do to have a say.

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Closing the Gap

Recommendations for the Partnership on Closing the Achievement Gap (Nov 2012)

The 2010-2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement includes a directive to create a new entity to address the achievement gap in Seattle schools. These are the recommendations OSC has for the group.

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Professional Growth & Compensation
Statement on Study of Professional Development in Seattle Schools (May 2013)

The Our Schools Coalition released a statement on the contents of the Preliminary Review of Professional Development in Seattle Public Schools.

SPS Professional Development Plan Executive Summary (2013)

Seattle Public Schools released an executive summary on its approach to professional development with details about its goals and methods in PD.


A Preliminary Review of Professional Development in Seattle Public Schools
(2013)

In an independent review, this report examines attitudes and approaches toward professional development from the point of view of Seattle Public Schools district staff.


Danielson Framework Rubrics for Enhancing Professional Practice
(2008)

Seattle’s professional growth model is based on the Danielson framework, a research-based rubric that establishes a practical definition of good teaching, provides a guide for navigating teaching, and offers ways for teachers at all levels to improve.

Evaluation of the Seattle Public Schools Teacher Incentive Fund – Preliminary Findings (Aug 2012)

WestEd surveyed Seattle principals on how they were implementing the new Teacher Incentive Fund, a program that seeks to strengthen the education profession by rewarding excellence, attracting teachers and principals to high-need and hard to staff areas, and providing all teachers and principals with the feedback and support they need to succeed.

Association of Washington School Principals Leadership Framework to Support Principal Development (Aug 2012)

AWSP put forward recommendations for a rubric for evaluating principals, outlined in this framework.

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Evaluation

Using Collaborative Innovation to Improve Student Achievement

These examples of districts that collaborated with their unions during their collective bargaining agreement to include provisions in the agreements that will help their students succeed and support teachers and district staff.

Ensuring Fair and Reliable Measures of Effective Teaching (Jan 2013)

This is the culminating report from the Measures of Effective Teaching study, which followed 3,000 volunteer teachers from districts across the country in order to see what methods can be used to accurately measure effective teaching.

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Staffing
(March 2010)
Survey of Seattle Parents, Teachers and Community Members on School Staffing, Evaluation & Compensation

The Our Schools Coalition surveyed 575 Seattle residents, including teachers, parents and voting community members on their opinions on issues like how hiring and teacher compensation should be handled in Seattle Public Schools.

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Parent & Family Communication

The Impact of Community Involvement in Teacher Contract Negotiations in Seattle Public Schools(Jan 2011)

The community’s impact on the Collective Bargaining Agreement is examined in this case study of community input leading up to and during the bargaining process.

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Collective Bargaining Agreement

Seattle Public Schools’ 2010 Bargaining Agreement – An Independent Analysis
(Aug 2012)

The Center for Reinventing Public Education evaluated the results of the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement in comparison to previous Seattle contracts and contracts across the nation, finding that on paper Seattle’s model aligns well with current thinking on evaluation design and with the models that are in practice.

Comparison of the 2009-2010 CBA to the 2010-2013 CBA

In an in-depth analysis, this report compares key areas of the 2009-10 Collective Bargaining Agreement to the 2010-13 agreement, citing specific language and what that means for implementation.

Analysis of Seattle’s New Teacher Contract (Oct 2010)

The National Council on Teacher Quality analyzed the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, finding that the contract made a number of improvements.

Comparison of Our Schools’ 2010 Platform with Ratified CBA

This document compares the 2010 Our Schools Coalition’s platform with the results of the collective bargaining agreement, showing that the agreement includes improvements in all of the areas OSC advocated for.

NCTQ analysis of 2013-2015 teacher contract

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Coalition Events

Second Annual Our Schools Coalition Luncheon Summary
|Presentation (Sept 2012)

On Sept. 19, 2012, 135 community members gathered for the 2nd Annual Our Schools Coalition luncheon. This document summarizes the discussion and outlines next steps.

Magic Bus Tour Recap & Next Steps(Dec 2011)

On Dec. 2, 2011, Our Schools Coalition members traveled by bus to visit three high-performing Seattle public schools: Mercer Middle School on Beacon Hill, West Seattle Elementary in West Seattle and Catharine Blaine K-8 in Magnolia. Members saw how these diverse schools serve their students well, and came away with several common themes between the schools.

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