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Blackburn, Mollie V.; Pennell, Summer Melody – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Every student in our public schools should have opportunities to learn about differences in gender and sexuality, just as they should learn about the world's differing cultural traditions, religious practices, and political systems. Such knowledge about human differences is, the authors argue, a basic requirement for active citizenship in a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Sexuality, Gender Differences, Homosexuality
Valadez, Gilbert – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Gilbert Valadez recalls how, when he was a 1st grade teacher, he worked with a student to overcome a situation related to her gender identity. He suggests that any teacher working in public school adopt an inclusive attitude about all students and help students become comfortable with their own gender expressions.
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Public School Teachers, Homosexuality
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
"Kappan" editor Rafael Heller talks with the Guttmacher Institute's Laura Lindberg, one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, about recent data and trends related to teens' sexual behavior, contraceptive use, pregnancy rates, and more, including their experiences with school-based…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sex Education, Health Education, Health Behavior
Shakeshaft, Charol – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In every state in the U.S., students have been victims of sexual abuse at the hands of teachers and other adults at schools. Charol Shakeshaft asks why educators, policy makers, and others connected with schools haven't done more to address this problem but have instead looked the other way, sometimes even allowing colleagues to quietly transfer…
Descriptors: Prevention, Victims, Sexual Abuse, Teacher Student Relationship
Andrus, Shannon; Jacobs, Charlotte; Kuriloff, Peter – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
While some believe there is little need to be concerned about girls in education, they continue to face such ongoing stereotyping, biases, and harassment that follow them into their careers. Shannon Andrus, Charlotte Jacobs, and Peter Kuriloff explore the current state of girls' education and discuss importance of an intersectional lens that takes…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Gender Bias, Sex Stereotypes, Racial Factors
Nuamah, Sally A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Despite complaints about a "boy crisis" in schools, girls in many parts of the world continue to face unnecessary obstacles to getting an adequate education. Many experience sexual assault and harassment at school, lack bathroom facilities they need during their menstrual periods, and must contend with gender stereotyping that keeps them…
Descriptors: Feminism, Womens Education, Equal Education, Sex Fairness
Pavlakis, Alyssa; Roegman, Rachel – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
School dress codes have been making news as students speak out about the ways the standards appear to them to be unfair, particularly to girls and Black males. Girls' clothing choices are singled out for being overly revealing and a distraction to boys, while Black males' choices are perceived as being associated with criminality. The authors…
Descriptors: Dress Codes, Clothing, African Americans, Gender Differences
Starr, Joshua P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Phi Delta Kappa's CEO, Joshua Starr, points out that while school boards may tell their newly hired superintendents to be bold, visionary leaders, the job tends to include built-in incentives -- such as a pension system that rewards longevity -- to play it safe. If district leaders aim to challenge longstanding patterns of inequity in their local…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Administrator Role, Superintendents, School Districts
Ferguson, Maria – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
With the signing of the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, Congress and the president managed to reauthorize the Carl T. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (known as "Perkins"), after an earlier attempt in the Obama administration fizzled. Maria Ferguson describes the growing support…
Descriptors: Career Education, Technical Education, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
Kissling, Mark T. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Former social studies teacher and teacher educator Mark Kissling describes how he has used the Bruce Springsteen song "Born in the U.S.A." to guide students to think more deeply about the meaning of patriotism and the various ways to understand a single text.
Descriptors: Social Studies, Patriotism, Teaching Methods, Music
Cheung, Rebecca; Reinhardt, Thomas; Stone, Elisa; Little, Judith Warren – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Teacher leadership is widely thought to be critical to the success of local school improvement efforts. But it is often unclear what teacher leadership entails, precisely. Supported by district-level staff, and with assistance from a university-based research team (the authors of this article), a group of science teacher leaders created a…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Collaboration, Instructional Effectiveness, Modeling (Psychology)
Fusco, Mark – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In its well-intentioned effort to create alternatives to public school dropout factories, the charter school sector has created teacher burnout factories. But it does not have to be this way. Charter schools can continue to maintain high standards while creating a more sustainable work environment for teachers. This article examines the teacher…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Teacher Burnout, Teaching Conditions, Teacher Persistence
Guha, Roneeta; Hyler, Maria E.; Darling-Hammond, Linda – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Teacher residency programs (modeled after the clinical residency model in medical training) show great promise in helping local school systems build a highly capable and diverse teaching workforce. Jointly run by districts and nearby universities, these programs recruit teaching candidates, pair them with carefully selected mentor teachers, and…
Descriptors: Residential Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Cooperating Teachers
Brown, Dan; Rhodes, Dwight E. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Educators Rising, an initiative of PDK International, has developed five microcredentials that allow aspiring teachers to demonstrate what they know and are able to do through experiences very similar to what professional teachers do every day. [This article contains a sidebar: "Microcredentials in the Teacher Academy Classroom: Rigor,…
Descriptors: Knowledge Base for Teaching, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Preservice Teacher Education
Morrison, Judith; Lightner, Lindsay – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In response to local districts' needs for certified teachers with community roots who understand local schools and students, the authors developed an innovative alternative route for paraprofessionals based on a traditional bachelor's program. Their goals were to provide a rigorous, research-based program that allows paraprofessionals to get a…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Alternative Teacher Certification, Bachelors Degrees, Program Development
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