About the Our Schools Coalition (Dec 2012)
Learn more about who we are, our accomplishments and our goals.
Our Schools Coalition Platform 2013 (May 2013)
Read the most up-to-date version of the OSC Platform, signed by community partners.
Find out why community voice in the teacher contract negotiations is so important and what you can do to have a say.
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.
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.
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.
AWSP put forward recommendations for a rubric for evaluating principals, outlined in this framework.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.