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Koselak, Jeremy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
One high-leverage strategy rooted in a strong research base--the revitalized tutoring center--provides a wealth of opportunity to students who may be otherwise underserved. This embedded, open-all-day tutoring center supports collaborative teacher teams by using peer tutors and community volunteers. By centralizing resources and providing supports…
Descriptors: High School Students, Tutorial Programs, Tutors, Peer Teaching
Wasta, Michael J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Research on educators' professional learning communities (PLCs) suggest that while they often help teachers to make sense of student performance data, they tend to spend relatively little time studying what teachers actually do in the classroom. Evidence suggests that, given modest amounts of guidance and support, PLCs can collect useful data on…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Practices, Classroom Research, Classroom Environment
Mayfield, Vernita – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Black students may have little choice in what social burdens they must bear, but educators have a choice in alleviating them. Schools with a genuine commitment for disrupting inequities find ways to lighten the unenviable burdens black students bear. The author recommends that schools disaggregate data by race, provide ongoing professional…
Descriptors: African American Students, Equal Education, Racial Bias, Teacher Role
Hirsch, Barton J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Educating high school students for both college and career is difficult. Teaching trade skills seems alien to the academic culture. But new research indicates that soft skills are quite important to judgments of employability and that youth learn many soft skills in traditional academic subjects (e.g., literature). A focus on soft skills allows…
Descriptors: High School Students, African American Students, Job Skills, Job Training
El-Amin, Aaliyah; Seider, Scott; Graves, Daren; Tamerat, Jalene; Clark, Shelby; Soutter, Madora; Johannsen, Jamie; Malhotra, Saira – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Research has suggested that critical consciousness--the ability to recognize and analyze systems of inequality and the commitment to take action against these systems--can be a gateway to academic motivation and achievement for marginalized students. To explore this approach, the authors studied five urban schools that include critical…
Descriptors: High School Students, African American Students, Academic Achievement, Racial Bias
Mitchell, Derek; Hinueber, Jesse; Edwards, Brian – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Schools that achieve strong results for black students address racial dynamics directly, empower students to bring their whole selves to school, and teach in ways that leverage students' experiences and cultures. These schools do four things to ensure success with their black students: They direct attention, strategies, and resources to black…
Descriptors: African American Students, Racial Factors, Student Empowerment, Culturally Relevant Education
Fergus, Edward – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Colorblindness is socially acceptable bias that lives in our personal and institutional beliefs. Its existence inhibits our ability to recognize and respond to the realities of the lives of students of color. The author outlines several activities that educators can use to surface beliefs about race during staff meetings and the like.
Descriptors: Racial Attitudes, Racial Differences, Racial Bias, Teacher Role
Griffin, Ashley; Tackie, Hilary – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
A series of focus groups with black teachers across the United States shows that black teachers bring to their work many skills that often go far beyond their roles as content experts and instructors. They build relationships with students of color that help those students feel connected to their schools, they tend to be "warm…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, African American Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Job Skills
Richardson, Joan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The NAACP, nation's largest civil rights organization, steps up its opposition to charter schools just as a president and new education secretary appear ready to kick the sector into high gear. In 2016, the NAACP passed a resolution calling on a moratorium on the expansion of charter schools, citing concerns about transparency and accountability,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, African American Students, Student Needs, Equal Education
Moore, Renee – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Teachers in rural, black schools understood their communities and their students and provided lessons that are still relevant today. The three main lessons are to learn and use culturally appropriate teaching, initiate and maintain mutually respectful community connections, and expect great things from every student.
Descriptors: Rural Schools, African American Students, Teacher Role, Culturally Relevant Education
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Over the past two decades, researchers have gathered a wealth of evidence showing the critical roles that emotional intelligence plays in education, work, and life. But what does it look like to translate that research into practice? In this interview, Yale University's Marc Brackett takes stock of recent efforts to help K-12 educators address the…
Descriptors: Emotional Intelligence, Teaching Methods, Interviews, Elementary Secondary Education
Nazareno, Lori; Krafel, Alysia – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Not all schools are obsessed with ensuring high test scores for students. Some schools have designed themselves around a priority of creating safe, empathetic learning environments. The Chrysalis Charter School in Palo Cedro, California, has a mission of developing a culture of kindness. The Minnesota New Country School in Henderson, Minnesota,…
Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Environment, Charter Schools, Metacognition
Dockterman, David; Weber, Chris – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
There is compelling evidence that stressing goals leads to stress and negatively affects the very objectives that educators are trying to achieve. Reaching testing goals matter, but if we are not careful, the goal of educating children for the 21st century becomes subsumed by the narrow measures meant to track progress. Performance measures become…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Goal Orientation, Expectation, Academic Standards
Terrasi, Salvatore; de Galarce, Patricia Crain – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Whether they work in a rural, urban, or suburban district, all teachers should expect to confront children who have had adverse childhood experiences involving trauma. All teachers should understand how trauma affects students' social, emotional, and academic growth. The more that teachers understand how traumatic experiences affect student…
Descriptors: Trauma, Student Needs, Educational Environment, Caring
Spiegel, Ellen J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The BRIDGE Alternative Middle School in Lowell, Massachusetts, serves students ages 12-16 who have exhibited behavioral problems in traditional school settings, including problems such as truancy, multiple suspensions, mental health issues, peer conflicts, family dysfunction, academic problems, and gang involvement. Students referred to BRIDGE are…
Descriptors: Stress Management, At Risk Students, Adolescents, Middle School Students
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