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Gehlbach, Hunter – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Despite the enthusiasm around social-emotional learning, the vast number of skills, dispositions, and attitudes we hope to infuse into students will overwhelm even the most ambitious schools. However, a single core capacity underlies a great many social-emotional learning outcomes: social perspective taking. Recent research on this process of…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Perspective Taking, Empathy
Reilly, Kathleen A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Teachers are too rarely supported in investing in the shared inquiry, embedded professional learning, and collaborative culture building that peer observation cycles facilitate. But teachers can disrupt these patterns by opening their doors to colleagues and engaging with them in critical reflection, dialogue, and shared innovation. In this…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Observation, Teacher Collaboration, Reflection
Shepard, Lorrie A.; Penuel, William R.; Davidson, Kristen L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The Every Student Succeeds Act grants states new flexibility to create more balanced assessment systems with a greater role for formative assessment. Drawing on lessons learned over three decades of research and reform, we argue that state and local leaders should take the lead in designing new assessments guided by two core principles: First,…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Formative Evaluation, Test Construction
Awkard, Tiffany – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Teachers can regain their sense of efficacy if school leaders engage them in a systematic process, the Reflective Action Protocol, of reflecting on their classroom expectations and practices, making adjustments, and taking careful note of improvements in student learning. This process asks instructionally focused questions that push teachers to…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills, Observation
Heflebower, Tammy; Hoegh, Jan; Warrick, Phil – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Getting initial instruction right is essential for improving student and teacher efficacy. Teachers are more likely to hit the mark when they work with colleagues to unpack the standards before instruction. By designing what the authors call a "proficiency scale," and aligning instructional strategies for the varied levels, teachers can…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Collaboration, Academic Standards, Alignment (Education)
Finn, Chester E., Jr.; Manno, Bruno V.; Wright, Brandon L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
With 25 years of experience, the charter sector has had enough time to experience a host of unanticipated and unresolved problems related to the complex ways in which charter school governance relates to school leadership. The time has come for the sector to revisit some fundamental decisions about how charter schools and networks are governed,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Governance, Educational Administration, Administrator Role
Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The 2017 PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools finds that Americans overwhelmingly want schools to do more than educate students in academic subjects. While they value traditional academic preparation, Americans say they want schools to substantially help position students for their working lives after school, which means…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Public Schools, Role of Education, Resource Allocation
Goodman, Joan F. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Historically, public schools have often used shaming techniques to discipline students, even though researchers have found shaming to be not just an ineffective means of curtailing misbehavior, but, more important, psychologically harmful to children. The author reviewed policy documents from nine leading charter management organizations and found…
Descriptors: Discipline, School Policy, Discipline Policy, Psychological Patterns
Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey; Geiger, Tray – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Houston's experience with the Educational Value-Added Assessment System (R) (EVAAS) raises questions that other districts should consider before buying the software and using it for high-stakes decisions. Researchers found that teachers in Houston, all of whom were under the EVAAS gun, but who taught relatively more racial minority students,…
Descriptors: Value Added Models, School Districts, Computer Software, Educational Technology
Henriksen, Danah; Richardson, Carmen – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Teachers may be confused or put off by buzzwords like "design thinking," but the concept is a useful one: To solve stubborn, everyday problems of practice in schools, they should approach those problems strategically and systematically. Specifically, explain the authors, teachers gain new insights into challenges they face when they take…
Descriptors: Design, Teacher Role, Empathy, Educational Change
Wolk, Steven – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Ten years ago, in "Kappan," the author published a detailed account of the old-fashioned and unengaging instruction used at his son Max's Chicago elementary school. Now he updates readers with a reflection on Max's high school years, describing a curriculum and teaching practices that desperately need an overhaul. Thanks to its…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Relevance (Education), Curriculum Evaluation
Sutton, Paul S.; Knuth, Randy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
A comprehensive high school in Bellevue, Washington, embraces problem-based learning as its strategy for improvement. Supported by a federal i3 grant, the school spent five years preparing for a widespread launch of PBL at the school. After several years of implementation, researchers learned that students perform the same or better on…
Descriptors: Investment, Problem Based Learning, High Schools, Educational Improvement
Winters, Marcus A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Public school teachers deserve a compensation system that puts them on a secure path toward retirement. The severely backloaded structure of today's public school teacher pension systems benefit only a small proportion of entering teachers while putting the rest on an insecure retirement path. But there is a cost-neutral solution to this problem…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, Public School Teachers, Teacher Retirement, Job Layoff
Parker, Frieda; Novak, Jodie; Bartell, Tonya – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Providing students with choice can be a powerful means of supporting student engagement. However, not all choice opportunities lead to improved student engagement. Teachers can increase the likelihood that students will value choice by analyzing how students associate feelings of autonomy, competence, and relatedness with the choice provided them.…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Decision Making, Learner Controlled Instruction, Personal Autonomy
Marshall, Kim – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The sum of a K-12 education derives from the combined efforts of about 66 teachers and thousands of lessons during about 15,000 hours of class time. How schools orchestrate to connect all of those pieces to ensure some consistency will determine whether each student grows into a well-educated, decent human being.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Practices, Teacher Influence, Teacher Student Relationship
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