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Bhatt, Shivam – Educational Leadership, 2016
In this article, recent American high school graduate Shivam Bhatt reflects on his experience with an exchange program in Japan. He was struck by the cultural balance that the Japanese strike between holding on to tradition while keeping on an eye on the future. He also learned about language from his Japanese peers in the program and about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Exchange Programs, Cultural Differences, Cultural Awareness
Lindsay, Julie – Educational Leadership, 2016
Thanks to the development of faster Internet and better technology tools, students and teachers can network, collaborate, co-create products, build knowledge together, and share that knowledge with whomever they want around the world. Julie Lindsay describes online resources, tools, and projects that teachers can use for online global…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Learner Engagement
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Ermeling, Bradley A.; Graff-Ermeling, Genevieve – Educational Leadership, 2014
Watch one of the Japan videos from the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)--more specifically, mathematics video 3 on solving inequalities1--and you'll see that after giving his students a word problem to solve, the 8th grade math teacher strolls among the students' desks for almost 15 minutes, leaning over to see what…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement
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Doorey, Nancy A. – Educational Leadership, 2013
A short 27 months ago, two groups of U.S. states were each awarded more than $175 million to design, develop, and pilot test a new generation of assessments (U.S. Department of Education, 2010). These new tests will replace assessments in English language arts and mathematics that are currently in use within state and federal accountability…
Descriptors: Accountability, Consortia, Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Standards
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Ohler, Jason – Educational Leadership, 2013
This author contends that the United States neglects creativity in its education system. To see this, he states, one may look at the Common Core State Standards. If one searches the English Language Arts and Literacy standards for the words "creative," "innovative," and "original"--and any associated terms, one will…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Creativity, Literacy, Technology
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Starko, Alane – Educational Leadership, 2013
Not long ago, the author had the wonderful opportunity to visit schools in China and speak to Chinese educators. Everywhere she went, teachers and administrators asked her the same question: How can we help our students become more flexible, creative thinkers? She was struck by the contrast between these conversations and the ones she most often…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Tests
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Zhao, Yong – Educational Leadership, 2013
The road to success in the new world economy requires more creative thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs than ever before. Why is the United States going in the wrong direction? Thanks to globalization and technological advancement, traditional middle-class jobs, such as manufacturing, have been disappearing quickly, offshored to other…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Middle Class, Employment Patterns, Global Approach
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Loveless, Tom – Educational Leadership, 2013
The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia. They enjoy a huge following of well-wishers and supporters who are optimistic that the standards will boost achievement in U.S. schools. Setting aside the cheerleading and fond hopes, what are the real chances of success? The most reasonable prediction is…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, State Standards, Professional Development, Curriculum Development
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Booth, Eric – Educational Leadership, 2013
Guided by its arts educators, every school can learn to design activities that foster the serious play of a creatively invested learner. Bring arts educators into one's planning meetings; give them opportunities at faculty meetings to catalyze teachers' creative instincts. This effort does not require a new program or new curriculum. Teachers…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Art Education, Creativity, Learning
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Damon, William – Educational Leadership, 2012
The author presents evidence of "glaring gaps in U.S. students' civic knowledge, motivation, and interest." From the inception of the United States through the mid-20th century, he writes, civic education was at the center of U.S. schooling. Since then, however, there has been a decline in civics instruction, fueled by increasing…
Descriptors: High School Students, College Students, Knowledge Level, Citizenship
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Rebell, Michael A.; Odden, Allan; Rolle, Anthony; Guthrie, James W. – Educational Leadership, 2012
Educational Leadership talks with four experts in the fields of education policy and finance about how schools can weather the current financial crisis. Michael A. Rebell focuses on the recession and students' rights; Allan Odden suggests five steps schools can take to improve in tough times; Anthony Rolle describes the tension between equity and…
Descriptors: Expertise, Student Rights, Instructional Leadership, Economic Climate
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Gabrieli, Chris – Educational Leadership, 2012
In a time of resource challenges, many educators see the cost of expanding learning time as a barrier. However, with at least 1,000 schools across the United States currently expanding learning time, data show that schools can implement the approach cost effectively. Expanded learning time schools manage three levers that both build quality…
Descriptors: Block Scheduling, Federal Programs, Partnerships in Education, Academic Achievement
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Tucker, Marc – Educational Leadership, 2012
In this commentary, Tucker asserts that countries that perform well on international comparisons of student achievement all take a different approach to ensuring teacher quality than the United States does. These top-performing countries have established high standards for getting into schools of education; they are moving teacher education…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Education Programs, Research Universities
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Smink, Jeff – Educational Leadership, 2012
Summer school makes an unlikely candidate for a bright spot in education reform during these difficult economic times. It occupies a long-held negative place in U.S. culture, prompting dread in the hearts of many former and current students. Summer school conjures up images of sitting in hot classrooms and receiving remedial instruction while…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Summer Schools, Educational Change, Remedial Instruction
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Steinbacher-Reed, Christina; Powers, Elizabeth A. – Educational Leadership, 2012
Ironically, at a time when coaching seems to have come into its own as a way to improve teacher practice, school districts across the United States are experiencing funding cuts and eliminating coaching positions. The threats that budget woes pose to established school coaching programs led the authors to ask themselves what practices schools and…
Descriptors: Reading Consultants, School Personnel, Teacher Leadership, Faculty Development
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