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Rebell, Michael A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The 2016 presidential campaign and its aftermath have underscored the extreme polarization of the electorate, the dismissal of people with opposing views, and the widespread acceptance and circulation of one-sided and factually erroneous information. In addition, only a small proportion of those who are eligible actually vote, and a declining…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, School Role, Role of Education, Educational Environment
Cheuk, Tina; Quinn, Rand – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The definition of public education is changing rapidly and radically in our current political landscape. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the debate over publicly funded school voucher systems, which direct taxpayer funds to parents to offset the cost of tuition at the private schools of their choice. Tina Cheuk and Rand Quinn address how…
Descriptors: State Church Separation, Educational Finance, Private Schools, Parochial Schools
Gottlieb, Derek; Schneider, Jack – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Although current accountability systems have received a great deal of criticism for being too narrow and too focused on sanctions, relatively little concern has been directed at a related problem: the failure of accountability systems to meaningfully engage the public. Derek Gottlieb and Jack Schneider suggest that a better system would consider…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes, Accountability, Educational Assessment
Saclarides, Evthokia Stephanie; Lubienski, Sarah Theule – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In a recent qualitative coaching study of a single district, Evthokia Stephanie Saclarides and Sarah Theule Lubienski observed tensions within a coaching structure in which teachers had to be the ones to initiate professional development with a coach. Specifically, the Teacher's Choice structure heightened coaches' difficulties gaining access to…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance), Barriers, Interpersonal Relationship
Schechter, Julia Silverman – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Students with disabilities, especially those with non-apparent conditions, are entering universities in growing numbers. Yet more and more students are going off to college unprepared to manage their disabilities, in part because their high schools are overburdened, understaffed, and uninformed to identify and support them. A recent survey of…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Undergraduate Students, Special Education, High School Students
Porosoff, Lauren – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
What teachers write about students has enormous potential to affect their lives. Lauren Porosoff encourages teachers to use their words to empower students to take an active role in their own learning. When teachers use adjectives to describe students, they may be attaching certain fixed characteristics to those students. Verbs, on the other hand,…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Language Usage, Nouns, Verbs
Abowitz, Kathleen Knight; Stitzlein, Sarah M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
When determining whether public schools constitute a public good, it is important to understand what we mean by a public good. An economic definition, common among school choice advocates, focuses on the individual benefits of getting a good education. Within such a definition, selecting a school may be compared to selecting a box of cereal at the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Benefits, Role of Education, Educational Quality
Jennings, Jack – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in 2015, succeeded in weakening the least popular parts of the No Child Left Behind act. But, argues Jack Jennings, it's a purely reactive piece of legislation, offering no positive vision for the federal government's role in addressing K-12 education's most urgent problems. ESSA is still young, he…
Descriptors: Government Role, Federal Government, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
Close, Kevin; Amrein-Beardsley, Audrey – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Recent lawsuits reveal common mistakes plaguing current teacher evaluation systems. Drawing on arguments in court documents for prominent cases, the authors find that evaluation systems using value-added measures (VAM) suffer from a) inconsistent and unreliable teacher ratings, b) bias toward and against teachers of certain types of students, c)…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Value Added Models, Bias
Carpenter, Jeffrey P.; Morrison, Scott A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The isolation that has historically plagued the teaching profession has particularly harmful effects on novice teachers who need the guidance, wisdom, and encouragement of other educators. In recent years, however, social media tools have helped many teachers connect with colleagues and build robust professional learning networks (PLNs) beyond…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
Tobin, Elise M.; Colley, Sean – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The Twilight School at Danbury High School in Connecticut helps students who are in danger of failing their freshman year to get back on track. In its first year, the program offered special credit-bearing after-school courses in biology and English to students who failed those classes in their first semester. The smaller class sizes and informal…
Descriptors: High School Freshmen, Grade 9, Intervention, After School Education
Awwad, Yousef; Burnham, John W.; Wilton, Courtney – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Portland Public Schools serves nearly 50,000 students in 90 schools averaging 77 years of age. Building age combined with decades of deferred maintenance created serious health and safety issues, numerous unfavorable media reports, and an irate public. In response, PPS Board of Directors commissioned an independent evaluation of various…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Trust (Psychology), Public Opinion, School Buildings
Hargreaves, Andy; O'Connor, Michael T. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
For decades, education researchers have been drawing attention to the importance of professional collaboration among teachers as a way to improve student achievement. But not all collaboration is equally effective. Andy Hargreaves and Michael O'Connor explain that the most successful and sustainable efforts are characterized by both solidity and…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Professionalism, Expertise, Collegiality
Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The 2018 PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools finds that Americans trust and support teachers, but they draw the line at wanting their own children to join a profession they see as undervalued and low-paid. An overwhelming 78% of public school parents say they would support teachers in their community if they went on strike…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Educational Attitudes, Trust (Psychology), Teaching (Occupation)
Gibbs, Brian – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
This article describes one secondary social studies teacher's attempts to build a pedagogically democratic classroom. The teacher designs curriculum around large essential questions, connects content to the present lives of students, and creates space for students to make their own decisions and choices. The teacher is convinced that she has…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Social Studies, Classroom Techniques
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