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Berry, Barnett; Shields, Patrick M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Two decades ago, at a time when much of the country faced looming teacher shortages, a number of states invested in comprehensive strategies for strengthening the teaching profession. For example, and drawing upon recommendations from the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, both California and North Carolina built statewide…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Recruitment
Podolsky, Anne; Kini, Tara; Bishop, Joseph; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
To ensure that schools enjoy a steady supply of competent and committed teachers, federal, state, and local policymakers should look to the extensive research literature in this area, focusing on five strategies in particular: strengthening teacher preparation, improving hiring practices, increasing compensation, providing support for new…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Selection, Teacher Salaries
Lindt, Suzanne F.; Miller, Stacia C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Incorporating movement into elementary school lessons in reading, math, and other subjects can boost students' interest and academic learning while also helping them meet recommendations for daily involvement in physical activity. In a recent study, researchers found that students in classrooms where movement was integrated into regular lessons,…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Motion, Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods
Nehring, James; Charner-Laird, Megin; Szczesiul, Stacy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The authors recently studied how well schools were teaching a a range of complex, higher-order skills. Their findings were grim. Out of 25 skills that researchers have found to be critical to success in life and work, just three were the focus of most instruction: recall, application, and (occasionally) analysis. Even when teachers explicitly made…
Descriptors: Performance, Skill Development, Recall (Psychology), Cognitive Development
Schneider, Jack; Jacobsen, Rebecca; White, Rachel; Gehlbach, Hunter – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
When it comes to measuring the quality of a school, policy leaders tend to embrace standardized tests as the go-to indicator, whereas parents and community members tend to rely on reputation, word-of-mouth, and what they perceive with their own eyes. The authors suggest a better approach: a new framework that looks at three categories of inputs…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Measurement Techniques, Educational Environment, School Culture
Sherin, Miriam Gamoran; Dyer, Elizabeth B. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Videos are often used for demonstration and evaluation, but a more productive approach would be using video to support teachers' ability to notice and interpret classroom interactions. That requires thinking carefully about the physical aspects of shooting video--where the camera is placed and how easily student interactions can be heard--as well…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Faulkner, Valerie; Marshall, Patricia L.; Stiff, Lee V.; Crossland, Cathy L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Teacher perceptions of student abilities can affect crucial placement decisions that, in turn, affect student opportunities to learn. The author's research shows that this is particularly the case with black students who have earned high scores on math assessments but who, on the basis of teacher judgment, have not been recommended for placement…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Misconceptions, Academic Ability, Teacher Influence
Duckor, Brent – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The constructs that currently animate today's dispositions movement are grit and growth mindset. However, the evidence for the reliability and instructional uses of such noncognitive factors in K-12 schools--and of the surveys and tools that attempt to measure them--is thin. After a look at the "logic of assessment" with its focus on…
Descriptors: Persistence, Student Characteristics, Resilience (Psychology), Elementary Secondary Education
Crocco, Margaret; Halvorsen, Anne-Lise; Jacobsen, Rebecca; Segall, Avner – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In this age of real and fake news, students need to be able to assess the trustworthiness of evidence. The authors' current research examines students' use of evidence in secondary social studies classrooms as students deliberate contemporary public policy issues. The authors found that students shifted their evaluations of the trustworthiness of…
Descriptors: Evidence, Social Studies, Secondary School Students, Public Policy
Mackin, Eileen; Mackin, Robert; Obremski, John; McKie, Katherine – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Like many school systems in economically stressed parts of the country, the Everett, Mass., school district had cut back on arts instruction over the years, to the point where most students were getting only a single art class per week. But since 2013, and thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Everett has designed and…
Descriptors: Art Education, Grants, Federal Aid, Elementary Schools
Bowen, Daniel H.; Kisida, Brian – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The shift from the No Child Left Behind Act to the recently authorized Every Student Succeeds Act could beckon a renaissance of K-12 arts education in the U.S. Over the past decade, NCLB's increased emphasis on accountability testing in core subjects has coincided with a notable decline in school-based arts exposure. Recognizing this trend and…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Legislation, Art Education
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Supporters of K-12 arts education often make the case that when students study music, dance, theatrical performance, and the visual arts, they tend to improve in the academic subjects as well. But, as Lois Hetland explains, that's not the best way to advocate for greater investments in arts instruction. In fact, a careful analysis of a vast amount…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Art Education, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness
Kaplan, Michael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In 2011, the directors of the Phoenix Symphony came up with a bold plan to improve and expand their community outreach programs. Inspired by the growing movement to integrate the arts with the other subjects in the K-12 curriculum, they created a thriving program called Mind Over Music, which pairs professional musicians with local elementary…
Descriptors: Music Activities, Outreach Programs, Art Education, Music Education
Saphier, Jon – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Surrounding students with messages that they have the ability to learn and teaching them how is at the core of closing the achievement gap. Teachers can engage in verbal behaviors that counteract the negative messages that children of color receive outside the classroom. Those verbal behaviors can embed these messages for students: What we're…
Descriptors: African American Students, Self Concept, Achievement Gap, Teacher Student Relationship
Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus; Holden, Kristian L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Barriers to mobility, particularly those imposed by state-level licensure procedures have received growing attention in the media and in reform discussions. Much of this attention is driven by shortages of teachers in some regions and subject areas and the fact that barriers to mobility make it more difficult for states to address such shortages…
Descriptors: Barriers, Faculty Mobility, State Standards, Teacher Certification
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