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Russell, Felice Atesoglu; Von Esch, Kerry Soo – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
As today's K-12 schools become increasingly diverse, many teachers are struggling to meet the needs of English language learners and teach them in a culturally and linguistically responsive manner. The authors provide a pair of examples to illustrate specific ways teacher leaders can be effective advocates for better instruction and services for…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, English Language Learners, Culturally Relevant Education, Advocacy
Durham, Rachel E.; Shiller, Jessica; Connolly, Faith – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
As community schools spread across the country, community school staff need effective approaches to engaging families and community-based partners. Such principles must be broadly applicable, given community schools' mandate to adapt to different local contexts. Based on recent research on Baltimore City's community schools, the authors highlight…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Partnerships in Education, School Effectiveness, Best Practices
Walter, Frank – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District experienced a significant improvement in its graduation rates for students from low-income families--from just 52% in 2009 to 85.2% in 2016--which has been credited to the district's shift to community schools.
Descriptors: Integrated Services, School Support, Graduation Rate, Low Income Students
Purinton, Ted; Azcoitia, Carlos; Carlson, Karen – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
To build and maintain a genuine partnership between the school and those it serves requires sophisticated leadership. Leaders can develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create effective community schools, and they should do so purposefully, choosing to learn, model, and practice successful strategies in all aspects of their work. Such…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Leadership Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education, Leadership Qualities
Haywoode, Alyssa – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Community schools have a long history of helping students succeed in school by addressing the problems they face outside of school. But without specific data on students and the full range of their needs, community schools cannot be as effective as they would like to be. Driven by the desire to make more data-informed decisions, the Children's Aid…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Data, Decision Making, Partnerships in Education
Elliot, Laura – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, N.C., have partnered with the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County to develop strategies for responding to the emotional and mental health needs of middle school students in those districts. More than 40 community partners have joined their efforts, which include a focus on…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, School Districts, Health Needs, Resilience (Psychology)
Jacobson, Reuben; Villarreal, Lisa; Muñoz, José; Mahaffey, Robert – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Community schools are a sound education reform strategy that gets results. They start by asking local students and their families what they need to succeed in school, then they reach out to relevant community partners and use the school as the hub for organizing partnerships, services, and supports. By listening closely to the assets and needs of…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Community Needs, Educational Opportunities, Administrative Principles
Shaia, Wendy E.; Finigan-Carr, Nadine – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Community schooling is an effective tool for combating the effects of poverty by integrating academic, social service, health, and economic supports for students, families, and community members. But this is complex work, requiring extraordinarily careful planning and assessment. This article suggests a planning framework that can help community…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Strategic Planning, Educational Planning, Capacity Building
Jacobson, David – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Communities around the country are converging on a new approach to raising achievement for low-income children. This approach draws on two reform movements: (1) full-service community schools that provide wraparound health and social services to children and families, and (2) Prenatal through Grade 3 initiatives to improve quality, alignment, and…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Early Childhood Education, Low Income Students, Educational Change
Weinzapfel, Patricia – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Moving from a traditional school district to one that embraces a community schools model requires fundamental shifts in organizational structure and practices. Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in southern Indiana and Vancouver Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash., are two districts that have navigated this change. Leaders from those…
Descriptors: Community Schools, School Districts, Educational Change, Administrative Organization
Walter, Frank – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Comal County, Texas, may be rural but its students face many of the same challenges as students in urban districts. Communities In Schools of South Central Texas works with the local school district to identify student needs and provide critical supports to help young people prepare for life after high school.
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Needs, Developmental Studies Programs, Student Development
Kaplowitz, Donna Rich; Lee, Jasmine A.; Seyka, Sheri L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The authors describe a promising approach to engaging high school students in intergroup dialogues, relying on "near peers"--in this case, local college students--to facilitate a series of classroom discussions about racial identity, differences, and opportunities to connect. Early results suggest that the approach had significant…
Descriptors: High School Students, Critical Thinking, Racial Factors, Group Discussion
Glazer, Jeremy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Structured academic discussions can focus too much on academic language to the detriment of actual discussion, disempowering students with the very tools intended to enhance student voice. The author suggests a new goal for such classroom talk: encouraging students to generate ideas and questions that engage their peers by focusing on the…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Student Participation
Hooven, Jennifer; Runkle, Katherine; Strouse, Laurie; Woods, Misty; Frankenberg, Erica – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Four early childhood educators, along with a university researcher, describe their efforts to implement an antiracist, antibias curriculum in a daycare and preschool setting. Even very young children can learn important lessons about race, diversity, and equity, they argue, and teachers should not shy away from addressing these issues at staff…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Social Justice, Child Care, Preschool Education
Crocco, Margaret; Halvorsen, Anne-Lise; Jacobsen, Rebecca; Segall, Avner – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Today's youth increasingly are being expected to engage in civil deliberation in classrooms while simultaneously living in a society with a high level of political incivility. However, teaching students to argue--particularly in oral form--is enormously complex and challenging work. In this article, the authors report on a study of four high…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Interpersonal Relationship, High Schools, High School Students
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