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Berry, Robert Q., III; Larson, Matthew R. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Results on the National Assessment for Education Progress and the Program for International Student Assessment show that high school mathematics instruction is past due for a redesign. Despite calls for reform going back at least four decades, the structure of math instruction has remained largely the same. In April 2018, the National Council of…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Curriculum, Curriculum Development
Bridwell-Mitchell, Ebony N. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Education policy makers often encourage public schools to form partnerships with community organizations, businesses, and higher education institutions. In theory, such partnerships can help struggling schools gain resources that they are unable to acquire through local, state, and federal funding mechanisms. However, as Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Social Bias, Equal Education, Disadvantaged Schools
Washor, Elliot – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative gives students who have demonstrated outsized competence in a trade--but who may be struggling in a traditional high school or career and technical education (CTE) program--opportunities to learn a trade with a mentor in a workplace. The author describes how this program requires educators to deepen their…
Descriptors: Trade and Industrial Education, Trade and Industrial Teachers, Mentors, High School Students
Walter, Frank – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Comal County, Texas, may be rural but its students face many of the same challenges as students in urban districts. Communities In Schools of South Central Texas works with the local school district to identify student needs and provide critical supports to help young people prepare for life after high school.
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Needs, Developmental Studies Programs, Student Development
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
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
Sussman, Daniel – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Educators must prepare students to live with the perpetual discomfort of difference. That includes teaching them how to respectfully listen to others' views, especially when those views are in opposition to their own. Borrowing from protocols used in a professional Critical Friends Group, a teacher at a private Quaker school designed a discussion…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Listening Skills, Dialogs (Language), Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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
Bavis, Peter – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In 2010, Evanston Township High School in suburban Chicago, Illinois, dramatically changed its freshman year for incoming students. The school detracked freshman English, history, and biology courses for the vast majority of students, thus removing barriers for historically under-represented student groups and providing greater access and…
Descriptors: High School Freshmen, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Minority Group Students
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
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
LaCour, Sarah E.; York, Adam; Welner, Kevin; Valladares, Michelle Renée; Kelley, Linda Molner – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The Schools of Opportunity Project recognizes public high schools that employ research-based practices to close opportunity gaps. The commended schools illustrate how school quality can and should be measured by far more than just test scores. In doing so, they offer exemplars and a path forward for the nation's schools. The selection criteria for…
Descriptors: Public Schools, High Schools, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education
Schoenbach, Ruth; Greenleaf, Cynthia – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Two-thirds of U.S. high school students today are unable to read and comprehend complex academic materials, think critically about texts, synthesize information from multiple sources, or effectively communicate what they have learned. And in response, many teachers simply stop assigning challenging texts, opting instead to "deliver…
Descriptors: Literacy, Content Area Reading, High School Students, Reading Programs
Rothman, Robert – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Launched in 2011 by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future, the Pathways to Prosperity initiative is helping states create seamless transitions from high school to college and the workforce. Inspired by youth development systems that have long been in place in other high-performing nations--such as Australia, Switzerland,…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, High School Students, Secondary Education, College Students
Domers, Ted – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
At most high schools, the goal is to prepare students to make the leap to a college environment. By contrast, Philadelphia's G.W. Carver High School of Engineering and Science has decided to create an environment that mirrors the culture and expectations of college so the transition to college won't seem like a leap at all. Three changes have been…
Descriptors: High Schools, Educational Change, College Readiness, Transitional Programs
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