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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
Elliot, Laura – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, N.C., have partnered with the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County to develop strategies for responding to the emotional and mental health needs of middle school students in those districts. More than 40 community partners have joined their efforts, which include a focus on…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, School Districts, Health Needs, Resilience (Psychology)
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
Hammerness, Karen; MacPherson, Anna; Macdonald, Maritza; Roditi, Hudson; Curtis-Bey, Linda – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
What does it take to sustain a productive partnership between a public school system and local cultural institutions? This article describes the genesis, evolution, and continued success of a long-term partnership between the New York City Department of Education, the American Museum of Natural History, and seven other leading cultural…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Sustainability, Public Schools, City Government
Barone, Diane; Barone, Rebecca – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
The author tells the story of a 5th-grade teacher who challenges her class to take on self-identities as readers. Students defined seven characteristics of what it means to be a good reader and considered whether those characteristics applied to them: Good readers read for fun, talk about books, usually finish the book they're reading, can relate…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Skills, Individual Characteristics
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
Illingworth, Amy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
One district, South Bay Union School District, devises and executes a comprehensive strategy that includes training for district staff, teachers and coaches, including using PLCs and professional development in the implementation of Common Core English language arts standards.
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Language Arts, English Instruction, School Districts
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
Suskind, Dorothy C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The author, a 5th-grade teacher at an independent boys' school, gives a first-person account of how her constant assessments and requirement that her students be active participants in their own learning gainsays the need for high-stakes, standardized testing. She posits a "living assessment" that is intertwined, interactive and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Active Learning, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests
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
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