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Award-winning educator Tina M. Owen-Moore details the beliefs and practices that made the Alliance School of Milwaukee the focus of national attention as the first school to open with the mission of being bully-free. The Alliance Way illustrates how creating a safe, inclusive, and academically challenging environment goes beyond a programming approach that targets bullying to a more holistic one in which building relationships takes center stage. Owen-Moore describes the core tenets adopted by the school's staff and students, including the importance of shared power and authentic work; the role of relationships and joy in preventing harm; the need to prepare staff to support LGBTQ students and students who have experienced trauma; and systems for reporting and repairing harm when it occurs. She highlights how school leaders can lead from the middle within their districts to bring about change and provides tools and resources such as sample agendas from staff meetings, retreats, and team‐building activities. Filled with real stories from an innovative school with a critical and compelling mission, The Alliance Way is an inspiring and practical resource for educators seeking answers on how to make schools engaging, accepting, and safe for all students.
About the Author
Tina M. Owen-Moore has been an educator for twenty years. She started in 1998 as a high school English teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2005, with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Tina worked with a group of teachers and students to open the Alliance School, the first school in the nation started with the explicit mission of reducing bullying. She led the in-district charter school from 2005-2016, and has consistently worked to share Alliance's practices so that all schools can be safe and inclusive places for all students. Tina has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including being named 2010 Educator of the Year by GSAFE Wisconsin, being recognized by the Wisconsin Charter Schools Association with the Innovator of the Year Award for her cocreation of the Teacher-Led Network, and receiving an LGBT Progress Award from the Shepherd Express magazine of Milwaukee. She was also honored with the Marquette University School of Education's Young Alumna Award in 2008. The school was awarded the 2011 Wisconsin Charter School of the Year, Platinum Award, and in 2015 won recognition as one of the "41 Most Innovative Schools in America" by Noodle.com. Tina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University and her Master of Arts degree from Alverno College. She is currently enrolled in the Ed.L.D. program at Harvard University, from which she anticipates receiving her doctorate degree in 2019. She is the mother of two adult children, Felicia and Jeremy, and has been a foster and surrogate mother to many others. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her wife, Velvet, and their two adorable cats, Tiger and Juani.