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Reiche Wins Teacher-Powered Schools Award

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Reiche Wins Teacher-Powered Schools Award
Posted on 12/03/2015
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Reiche Community School and the Portland Public Schools recently won an award for the collaboration between the school district, the teachers’ union and  school staff in the process of transforming Reiche into a teacher-led school.

Reiche teachers, the Portland Public Schools and the Portland Education Association (teachers’ union) were honored at the Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference, held Nov. 6 in Minneapolis. At the conference, Portland Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker, PEA President Suzette Olafsen, and Reiche teacher leaders Selene Becker, David Briley and Lori Bobinsky accepted the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative Award for School-Union Partnership on behalf of the Reiche community and the Portland Public Schools.

At its Nov. 17 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education recognized Reiche teachers for winning the award and their work in transforming the school.

The award acknowledges the power of collaboration in that effort. Together, Reiche staff and parents, the PEA and the district explored different governance structures and ultimately transformed a traditionally governed school into a teacher-powered school governed by the teachers. Reiche's governance is based on collaboration at the building level and among a variety of stakeholders including local and national union structures, the district and the Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative.

Reiche is now in its fifth successful year of teacher-powered governance. The school has strong student test scores, high levels of teacher satisfaction and exceptional parent involvement. Now, spurred by the advocacy efforts of the Maine Education Association, a state law has established a grant program for teachers to start teacher-powered schools.
Reiche teachers win award