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Reischl, Catherine H.; Khasnabis, Debi; Karr, Kevin – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The Mitchell Scarlett Teaching and Learning Collaborative (MSTLC) is a vigorous, six-year-old partnership between two Title I schools--Mitchell Elementary School and Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor, Mich.--and the teacher education program at the University of Michigan. MSTLC was formed between educators who had related but quite different…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Education Programs, Middle Schools
Ermeling, Bradley A.; Gallimore, Ronald; Hiebert, James – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Observing teaching with a practiced, professional eye can yield valuable insights into the specific learning opportunities that students are (or are not) provided. However, recent policy initiatives have emphasized using formulaic rubrics and checklists to rate teacher behaviors and evaluate their use of particular instructional moves. Rather than…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Teaching Methods, Observation, Video Technology
Rentenbach, Barb; Prislovsky, Lois; Gabriel, Rachael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
K-12 educators often overlook the needs, talents, and skills of neurodiverse learners, including students with autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. However, while such human differences tend to be misunderstood and even pathologized, there are distinct strengths associated with each unique neurological design. Drawing on their own experiences as students,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Student Diversity, Neurological Impairments, Student Empowerment
Elias, Maurice J.; Nayman, Samuel J.; Duffell, Joan C.; Kim, Sarah A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Considering the key role of social-emotional and character development (SECD) competencies in college, career, and life success--and considering that many of those competencies are teachable--there is no excuse for failing to incorporate them systematically into our education system. That would be the equivalent of depriving children of oxygen.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Skill Development, Policy Formation
Wahlstrom, Kyla L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
A recent study by the University of Minnesota looked at eight high schools across the U.S. that chose later start times, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. The study found significant decreases in absences and tardiness as well as greater academic benefits for schools with the latest start times. Among the 9,395 students in the study, those who slept…
Descriptors: High School Students, School Schedules, Sleep, Fatigue (Biology)
Browne, Daniel – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
A new RAND Corporation study shows that voluntary summer programs can benefit children from low-income families, particularly those with high attendance. Programs studied in five school districts had several elements in common: a mix of academics and enrichment activities, certified teachers, small class sizes, full-day programming provided five…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Strategies, Program Implementation
Noll, Brandi – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
On the basis of her experience with buying new curricular materials--specifically, for reading instruction and intervention--the author shares valuable lessons about how to make the most of such purchases. A program can be beneficial for some students but detrimental for others; programs should be presented to employees as tools to critique and…
Descriptors: Instructional Material Evaluation, Media Selection, Vendors, Appropriate Technology
Sternberg, Robert J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
IQs increased by about 30 points in the 20th century. Part of this increase may have been the result of increased standardized testing because testing improves the skills on which students are tested. But although these practices may increase general intelligence, they may impede the development of creativity and wisdom. As a result, our society…
Descriptors: Intelligence Quotient, Intelligence Differences, Academic Achievement, Creativity
Nazareno, Lori – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Everybody complains about a lack of time in school, but few are prepared to do anything about it. Laying the foundation before making such a shift is essential to the success of the change. Once a broad-based team has been chosen to do the work, they can follow a process explained in four steps with the apt acronym of T.I.M.E.: Taking stock,…
Descriptors: Time Factors (Learning), Time on Task, School Schedules, Scheduling
Magaña, Alex; Saab, Michelle; Svoboda, Valerie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In 2012, things were not looking good for Grant Beacon Middle School in Denver, Colorado. Enrollment numbers were declining, students were not reaching required academic levels, and the Denver Public Schools district designated the school as on watch. By implementing a plan that emphasized expanded learning opportunities--adding five hours to the…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Extended School Day
Merritt, Eileen G. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Teachers are dedicated, wise, and thoughtful change agents who need more time to identify problems they see in their schools or classrooms and work individually and collectively on solutions. They need both more time for individual planning and time to collaborate with colleagues who teach the same grades or the same subjects. A productive day of…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Educational Change, Time on Task, Teacher Effectiveness
Bavis, Peter – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In 2010, Evanston Township High School in suburban Chicago, Illinois, dramatically changed its freshman year for incoming students. The school detracked freshman English, history, and biology courses for the vast majority of students, thus removing barriers for historically under-represented student groups and providing greater access and…
Descriptors: High School Freshmen, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Minority Group Students
Easton, Lois Brown – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are often criticized for failing to focus on real problems of teaching and learning and for failing to deliver improvement. That is where accountability comes into play. Strategic accountability distinguishes PLCs that are effective from those that are not. Everyone knows what accountability is, but the…
Descriptors: Accountability, Strategic Planning, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
Ayscue, Jennifer B.; Siegel-Hawley, Genevieve; Woodward, Brian; Orfield, Gary – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The Civil Rights Project was hired to identify barriers to equitable access in Buffalo (New York) Public Schools' criteria schools and propose solutions, which, if accepted by both parties, could resolve the civil rights violations and create more equitable access to those schools. The researchers found that students of color, low-income students,…
Descriptors: School Choice, Barriers, Low Income, English Language Learners
Kauffman, James M.; Badar, Jeanmarie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Full inclusion of students with disabilities focuses on where students are taught, not on instruction. The idea that all students, including those with disabilities, can and should be taught together in the same class and school is a highly prized myth. Focusing on inclusion rather than on appropriate instruction and on a continuum of alternative…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Accessibility (for Disabled), Student Diversity
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