Getting Beyond Management and Labor

Why should our schools be stuck in an old labor-management paradigm that presumes an adversarial rather than collaborative relationship? What ways have we devised to ensure a transparent and fair working environment that reflects our democratic values and yet provide the flexibility needed for a 21st century place of learning?

Richard D. Kahlenberg is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation with expertise in education, civil rights, and equal opportunity. Kahlenberg has been called “the intellectual father of the economic integration movement” in K-12 schooling and “arguably the nation’s chief proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions.” He is also an authority on teachers’ unions, private school vouchers, charter schools, turnaround school efforts, labor organizing and inequality in higher education. He is the author or coauthor of six books, including  A Smarter Charter: Finding What Works for Charter Schools and Public Education (2014); and Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy(2007).



Dr. Nancy B. Gutierrez is the Chief Strategy Officer for the New York City Leadership Academy (NYCLA). Dr. Gutierrez serves as faculty for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban School Leaders & School Turnaround Leaders Institutes. She was founding principal of Renaissance Academy, and has worked for the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Leadership.  Dr. Gutierrez served on the National Board for the Coalition of Essential Schools for more than a decade.

Peter Wieczorek is the Director of Northwest Passage Charter High School in Coon Rapids, MN. He received his B.A. in Outdoor Education from the University of Minnesota, a secondary Life Science certificate and an M.A. in Education from Goddard College in Vermont. He has been an educator and youth worker for over 25 years, working in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings including schools, YMCA camps, nature centers, and other youth serving organizations. Peter has been a leader in the progressive education movement contributing to trainings, seminars, and conferences around the country. He is a passionate educator dedicated to sharing his love of science and providing students with 21st century skills.

Everett Boyd is an Administrator for School Culture and Family Engagement at The Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, NY. The school has established an exemplary model of collaborative leadership, and has been at the vanguard of advocacy for the reformation of the relationship between its staff and their respective unions. Everett has a broad experience as a special education teacher, music teacher, a teacher-leader, and a charter school advocate. He is a long standing member of the board of trustees at The Renaissance Charter School, currently serving as secretary. He is also the founding board chair of a newly authorized charter school, The Renaissance Charter School 2.