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Bailey, Rebecca; Stickle, Laura; Brion-Meisels, Gretchen; Jones, Stephanie M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Many schools and out-of-school organizations use social-emotional learning (SEL) programs to boost students' skills. Yet research shows that these programs can be difficult to implement and don't always meet students' needs. In response, Rebecca Bailey, Laura Stickle, Gretchen Brion-Meisels, and Stephanie Jones propose a new approach to SEL…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Summer Programs, Elementary School Students
Fagell, Phyllis L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Although the world is changing rapidly, young people's developmental trajectory has remained the same. Just as in the past, today's young adolescents with still-developing prefontal cortexes are malleable, impulsive, and impressionable. But Phyllis Fagell identifies three areas where today's tweens are different from those of the past. They are…
Descriptors: Preadolescents, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Developmental Stages, Information Technology
Reischl, Catherine H.; Khasnabis, Debi; Karr, Kevin – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The Mitchell Scarlett Teaching and Learning Collaborative (MSTLC) is a vigorous, six-year-old partnership between two Title I schools--Mitchell Elementary School and Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor, Mich.--and the teacher education program at the University of Michigan. MSTLC was formed between educators who had related but quite different…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Teacher Education Programs, Middle Schools
Magaña, Alex; Saab, Michelle; Svoboda, Valerie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In 2012, things were not looking good for Grant Beacon Middle School in Denver, Colorado. Enrollment numbers were declining, students were not reaching required academic levels, and the Denver Public Schools district designated the school as on watch. By implementing a plan that emphasized expanded learning opportunities--adding five hours to the…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Extended School Day
Mackin, Eileen; Mackin, Robert; Obremski, John; McKie, Katherine – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Like many school systems in economically stressed parts of the country, the Everett, Mass., school district had cut back on arts instruction over the years, to the point where most students were getting only a single art class per week. But since 2013, and thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Everett has designed and…
Descriptors: Art Education, Grants, Federal Aid, Elementary Schools
Spiegel, Ellen J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The BRIDGE Alternative Middle School in Lowell, Massachusetts, serves students ages 12-16 who have exhibited behavioral problems in traditional school settings, including problems such as truancy, multiple suspensions, mental health issues, peer conflicts, family dysfunction, academic problems, and gang involvement. Students referred to BRIDGE are…
Descriptors: Stress Management, At Risk Students, Adolescents, Middle School Students
Henrick, Erin; Munoz, Marco A.; Cobb, Paul – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
District leaders often feel that working with researchers is not mutually beneficial. Researchers do not provide enough practical guidance, and they are often unable to present their findings in time to inform district decision making. Research-practice partnerships (RPPs) are a potential new strategy for addressing these challenges. RPPs are…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Research, Barriers
Nolan, Joy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
In June 2016, the Mastery Collaborative completed its first year as an official program, working with more than 40 public middle and high schools across the five boroughs of New York City to improve, document, and advocate for mastery-based teaching and learning. The collaborative has eight Living Lab schools that practice schoolwide mastery; most…
Descriptors: Mastery Learning, Partnerships in Education, Consortia, Educational Cooperation
Zoch, Melody; David, Ann D. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
"Research says…" a lot. But how does research come to say anything? One way is by having teachers open their classroom doors to a researcher. In this article, we share the stories of two teachers who opened their doors to the authors' research and were glad they did. The teachers contrast this experience to other research experiences in…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Practices, Experimenter Characteristics, Informed Consent
Chenoweth, Karin – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
School districts shape the conditions in which schools operate and as such can support or undermine school success and thus student success. All of which is to say that school districts matter. This article looks at the success of two districts whose low-income and minority students beat the odds in academic achievement. Lessons from these…
Descriptors: School Districts, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Students, Academic Achievement
Hochberg, Eric D.; Desimone, Laura M.; Porter, Andrew C.; Polikoff, Morgan S.; Schwartz, Robert; Johnson, L. Joy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
Formal mentoring is the cornerstone of most teacher induction programs, but teachers receive support from informal mentors as well. The authors report on findings from a study of 57 first-year mathematics teachers in 11 school districts to describe who teachers' formal and informal mentors are, how teachers work with them, and how the functions of…
Descriptors: Mentors, Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Teacher Collaboration
González, Ramón M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The author is a middle school principal who has spent a decade working on improving literacy among his largely socio-economically disadvantaged student body. Experience and research have shown, the author says, that a successful effort to bridge the literacy gap between children who live in poverty and middle-class students requires a concerted…
Descriptors: Literacy, Achievement Gap, Economically Disadvantaged, Socioeconomic Influences
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
Brig, Leane – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Two Colorado math teachers attribute their participation in a professional learning community to their ability to achieve the highest growth scores of any tested level (3rd through 10th grade) in the three tested subjects (reading, writing, and math) in their 22,000-student school district.
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Communities of Practice, Goal Orientation, Student Evaluation
Vandertie, Joan; Corner, Amy B.; Corner, Kevin J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
Marana Middle School in Tucson, Ariz., scrapped its traditional P.E. program that emphasized team sports and shifted to a program that focuses on lifetime fitness, student choice in activities, and nutrition and health education. The program also includes student leadership development and informal community service. As a result, Marana students…
Descriptors: Health Education, Physical Education, Team Sports, Student Leadership
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