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Gillespie, Nicole – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
If we want talented young teachers to develop the capacity to get students excited about high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning, we must develop a network of STEM teachers who can support teachers in their continued learning about their work and enable them to collaborate with others. If we want teachers to…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Faculty Development, Teacher Empowerment, Professional Autonomy
Koppich, Julia E. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2010
Experience with performance pay projects across the United States has demonstrated that, if performance pay programs are to be successful, teachers must be involved in their design. In addition, the district and the union must agree on the purpose of the program, it needs needs to be based on consensually agreed, credible measures that determine…
Descriptors: Unions, Compensation (Remuneration), Teacher Salaries, Best Practices
Richardson, Joan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2010
The United States should not allow itself to be sucked into a competition against developing nations such as China, says Chinese-born American scholar Yong Zhao in an interview with Kappan. Instead, the U.S. should cling to and enhance the characteristics that have made it great, encouraging creativity, flexibility, and curiosity among its…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interviews, Cultural Differences, National Standards
Hartley, Matt; Kecskemethy, Tom – Phi Delta Kappan, 2008
What does it take to convince an education professor with leadership potential to seriously consider becoming a dean? In this article, the authors highlight what was learned at a conference where deans and mid-career faculty members discussed ways to tap and prepare future leaders. Funded by the Spencer Foundation, the conference was held in June…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Group Discussion, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development
Baker, Keith – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
The idea that America was being harmed because its schools were not keeping up with those in other advanced nations emerged after Sputnik in 1957, took a firm hold on education policy when "A Nation at Risk" appeared in 1983, and continues today. Policy makers justify this concern by pointing to evidence showing that, for individuals…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, International Education
Bracey, Gerald W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
On October 6, 1957, most Americans had concluded that Sputnik, a manmade satellite that the Russians had sent into orbit, was not a hoax nor an electronic Potemkin Village, a product of what is called today as "special effects." Initially, the idea that Russian technology could surpass the American's was unthinkable. And the brains'…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Public Education, Intellectual History, Research Reports