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Pace, Judith L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In a divisive age, how do we support beginning teachers in taking up the challenge of teaching controversial topics and creating classroom environments that promote civil discourse? For insights, the author looked to the work of teacher educators in Northern Ireland, a region that is still affected by many generations of intense sectarian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
Owens, David C.; Sadler, Troy D.; Zeidler, Dana L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
As the partisan divide becomes more toxic to civil discourse, the role of science in that conversation also suffers from collateral damage, becoming suspect at best, and marginalized at worse, in terms of its contribution to resolving issues rooted in science having national and global significance. The authors suggest ameliorating that damage by…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Guidelines
Sussman, Daniel – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Educators must prepare students to live with the perpetual discomfort of difference. That includes teaching them how to respectfully listen to others' views, especially when those views are in opposition to their own. Borrowing from protocols used in a professional Critical Friends Group, a teacher at a private Quaker school designed a discussion…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Listening Skills, Dialogs (Language), Discussion (Teaching Technique)
Elgart, Mark A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Continuous improvement is "an embedded behavior within the culture of a school that constantly focuses on the conditions, processes, and practices that will improve teaching and learning." The phrase has been part of the lexicon of school improvement for decades, but real progress is rare. Based on its observations of about 5,000…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Accountability, Leaders, Instructional Effectiveness
Hall, John J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
School districts experience considerable pressure to continuously improve, and the pursuit of improvement typically leads to the adoption of new -- and purportedly more effective -- initiatives. Often districts engage consultants to help navigate the selection and implementation of an initiative, and while these partnerships can prove fruitful,…
Descriptors: Consultants, School Districts, Counseling Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education
Zimmerman, Jonathan; Robertson, Emily – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Avoiding the discussion of controversial topics in U.S. classrooms deprives students of an important part of their learning. Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson, authors of "The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools" (University of Chicago Press, 2017) say Americans are terrible at having informed,…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, Educational Policy
Richardson, Joan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In a time of hyperpolarization and hyper partisanship, preparing students to deliberate about their differences becomes even more important. In this interview, Diana Hess, dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-author of The Political Classroom, describes the challenge of ensuring that students have access to…
Descriptors: Interviews, Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Administrator Attitudes
Cleary, Michelle Navarre – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Students may be tempted to plagiarism for many reasons. The author lists 10 possible reasons and suggests strategies that teachers can use to prevent students from plagiarizing.
Descriptors: Plagiarism, College Students, College Faculty, Writing (Composition)
Kolluri, Suneal – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Recent scholarship on civic education has introduced some useful ways to engage students in learning about controversial topics, debating them, and participating in democratic life. However, while those are valuable tools for active citizenship, they're not sufficient. Democratic education should focus on issues that matter intensely to students'…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teaching Methods, Justice, Citizenship
Reznitskaya, Alina; Wilkinson, Ian A. G. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Learning how to formulate, comprehend, and evaluate arguments is an essential part of helping students develop the ability to make better, more reasonable judgments. The Common Core identified argumentation as a fundamental life skill that is broadly important for the literate person. According to the authors, having students engage in an inquiry…
Descriptors: Ethics, Common Core State Standards, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Students
Maranto, Robert; Carroll, Kristen; Cheng, Albert; Teodoro, Manuel P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Even though the teaching profession is dominated by women, men hold more superintendent positions. The authors examine the pipeline that leads to the principalship and the superintendency and how it has evolved over time. They note school boards are more likely to perceive high school principals and athletic coaches as plausible superintendents,…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Gender Differences, Principals, Educational History
Mangin, Melinda – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
As transgender people have received greater visibility and acceptance, as well as increased legal protections, educators have begun to examine their school policies and practices with an eye toward legal compliance and a desire to be welcoming to all students. Melinda Mangin shares insights from interviews with educators who have sought to improve…
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Minority Groups, Gender Differences, Sexuality
Moorhead, Laura – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Increasingly, policy makers, educators, and school systems are embracing LGBTQ+ individuals and issues in the classroom. This fall, California's K-12 classrooms began using LGBTQ-inclusive textbooks, and, for the last three years, a San Francisco high school has offered an LGBTQ Studies course, likely the first in the country and a pilot for…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Curriculum Development, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation
Preston, Teresa – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
This exploration of the "Phi Delta Kappan" archives shows the magazine's long history of addressing issues of sex and gender in schools. Past articles have covered the professional roles of men and women, the education needs of boys and girls, sex education programs, and the treatment of LGBTQ+ teachers and students. The magazine's…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Gender Differences, Sexual Identity, Professional Identity
Meyer, Elizabeth J.; Somoza-Norton, Andrea – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Title IX coordinators play an essential role in ensuring that schools are free of gender-based harassment and discrimination; however, a recent survey of coordinators in California and Colorado shows that many of them are poorly equipped to do this work. In their study, Elizabeth J. Meyer and Andrea Somoza-Norton found that contact information for…
Descriptors: Gender Discrimination, Educational Legislation, Sex Fairness, Federal Legislation
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