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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
Baron, Naomi S. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The many advantages of reading digitally also bring with them implications for how we learn differently when we read differently. The author suggests that new contemporary technologies are changing the very notion of what it means to read. Even millennials acknowledge that their attention is more focused when they read print rather than online.…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Reading, Printed Materials, Reading Comprehension
Fiske, Edward B.; Ladd, Helen F. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
As policy makers call for the dramatic expansion of school choice and voucher programs across the U.S., it becomes all the more important for educators and advocates to consider lessons learned in countries--such as the Netherlands, New Zealand, and England--that have already gone down this path. Efforts to promote choice and school…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Vouchers, Governance, Foreign Countries
Rutkowski, David; Rutkowski, Leslie; Plucker, Jonathan A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The OECD and its U.S. administrator, McGraw-Hill Education CTB, have recently concluded the first cycle of the OECD-Test for Schools in the U.S. This test is being marketed to local schools and is designed to compare 15-year-olds from individual participating schools against peers nationally and internationally using the OECD's PISA test as its…
Descriptors: Participation, International Education, Comparative Testing, Comparative Education
Chang, Rong; Coward, Fanni Liu – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
Students in Shanghai, China, get much more recess time than their U.S. counterparts throughout their education. As U.S. education reform efforts seek ways of raising achievement, they have begun replacing recess with academic time. The lesson from Shanghai is that this may not be the best strategy. But whether the Shanghai system of more and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Recess Breaks, Classroom Techniques, Academic Achievement
Supovitz, Jonathan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The flat structure of American schools is ill-suited to meeting today's demands for education improvement. Historically, American schools have addressed this instructional support deficit with a patchwork of poorly defined roles and responsibilities--underused department chairs, fitful coaching models, and informal teacher leaders who generally…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Administration, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
Luschei, Thomas F.; Vega, Laura – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The United States has long struggled with the challenge of educating children experiencing extreme disadvantage, including the poor, ethnic and racial minorities, English language learners, and foster children. In this article, we argue that solutions to this problem lie not to the east or west, but to the south. Specifically, we offer the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Disadvantaged, English Language Learners, Foster Care
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
Weissbourd, Richard; Peterson, Amelia; Weinstein, Emily – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
One of the most important aspects in our lives is learning how to have mutual, caring romantic relationships. Yet while schools and many other industries in this country devote tremendous attention and resources to preparing the young for work, they do remarkably little to prepare them for generous, self-respecting sex and love. Educators and…
Descriptors: Intimacy, Sexuality, Sex Education, Interpersonal Relationship
McGarry, Robert – Phi Delta Kappan, 2013
In order to accommodate the education needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, American schools need to do more than add LGBT information to the curriculum in sex education class. If we believe, as Erikson (1968) suggested--that adolescence is the time when young people try to make sense of who they are--and if we believe that…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Developmental Stages, Identification (Psychology), Self Concept
Reichert. Michael; Hawley. Richard – Phi Delta Kappan, 2013
There is a pantheon of literature and popular panic pointing toward the academic ascent of girls and the decline of boys. On the contrary, the reality is different: Boys are learning and succeeding in many places. Two studies find that the places where boys excel have several common characteristics, including teachers who relate to the boys…
Descriptors: Males, Interpersonal Relationship, Learner Engagement, Teacher Role
Duke, Daniel L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2013
Have efforts to improve schools neglected high achievers? A growing chorus of critics is voicing concern for the achievement gap, but not the gap between well-to-do and poor students, or white and non-white students. The gap that most worries them is the one between U.S. students and students in other industrialized nations. Among the 34 nations…
Descriptors: High Achievement, Achievement Gap, Foreign Countries, Developed Nations
Ingersoll, Richard M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
Induction support programs for beginning teachers is an education reform whose time has come. The national data indicate that over the past couple of decades the number of beginning teachers has ballooned in the U.S. Simultaneously, there has been a large increase in the number of states, districts, and schools offering induction programs.…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Program Effectiveness
Lytle, James H. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
A consensus is emerging about how school leaders affect school performance, and how important principals are to improved student learning. Yet the national reform policies--No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top (RTT)--incorporate assumptions about school and district leadership that are very much at odds with this research. NCLB and RTT call…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Leadership, Educational Change, Educational Policy
Bushaw, William J.; Lopez, Shane J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
The 44th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools showed some sharp divisions among the public's attitude toward the public schools, but also some hopeful signs of broad agreement in some areas. Satisfaction with President Barack Obama declined in the last year, but remains ahead of two years ago and the public…
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Schools, Public Opinion, Financial Support
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