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Nazareno, Lori; Krafel, Alysia – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Not all schools are obsessed with ensuring high test scores for students. Some schools have designed themselves around a priority of creating safe, empathetic learning environments. The Chrysalis Charter School in Palo Cedro, California, has a mission of developing a culture of kindness. The Minnesota New Country School in Henderson, Minnesota,…
Descriptors: School Culture, Educational Environment, Charter Schools, Metacognition
Aslan, Sinem; Reigeluth, Charles M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Learner-centered education has been touted as an improvement over teacher-centered educational systems. However, educators and researchers need to be cautious about its problems, in addition to considering its benefits. The authors set out to identify challenges to learner-centered education through the eyes of educators in a truly…
Descriptors: Learner Controlled Instruction, Performance Factors, Barriers, Interviews
Martinez, Monica; McGrath, Dennis – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
Technology alone won't be enough to improve teaching and learning to where it needs to be for 21st century skills. Where it is being done successfully, teachers collectively share a vision of promoting deeper learning in all their students, and have collaboratively redesigned the role of the teacher to that of facilitator who uses technology as a…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Teaching (Occupation), Facilitators (Individuals), Goal Orientation
Cowan, Katherine C.; Rossen, Eric – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
The mental health implications of crisis exposure have emerged as a critical and challenging facet of school safety and crisis response, expanding our focus to encompass both psychological and physical safety, as well as prevention and recovery. Best practice reflects this evolution in our understanding and encompasses the continuum of crisis and…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Mental Health Programs, School Safety, Crisis Management
Junge, Ember Reichgott – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
A state legislator who played a key role in enacting the nation's first charter school law in Minnesota tells the story of shaping the ideas and the bill. She now looks for ways that charter schools can coexist with traditional public schools to deliver a better education for all children.
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Choice, Politics of Education, Educational Change
Sundin, Louise – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
The original vision of a charter school called for heavy doses of professional teacher contribution throughout all aspects of curriculum and administration. Unfortunately, that is not how charter schools have evolved. Until now. The Minnesota Guild of Public Charter Schools is the first union-sponsored entity created for the sole purpose of…
Descriptors: Unions, Charter Schools, Union Members, Teacher Leadership
Sheppard, Von – Phi Delta Kappan, 2013
The author tells how he employed leadership skills to help turn around a failing school loaded with at-risk students. Dayton's Bluff Elementary School was one of the worst in St. Paul when Von Sheppard took over as principal in 2001. Changing the staff and attitudes at the largely low-income, minority majority school in a tough neighborhood helped…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, School Administration, Principals, Instructional Leadership
Fulton, Kathleen P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
A small school in southern Minnesota, strapped for funds and needing new math books and a fresh curriculum, flipped its classrooms and raised achievement and student engagement. The math teachers led and implemented the changes. Upon reflection, they found 10 good reasons educators should consider flipping their classroom. Among the most…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Curriculum Development, Small Schools, Mathematics Teachers
Newell, Ronald J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2002
Describes an EdVisions Cooperative made up of eight small charter schools in Minnesota. EdVisions, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides charter schools with guidelines to develop teacher-driven professional accountability systems linked to project-based learning for students. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Accountability, Charter Schools
Burke, Daniel L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1996
Despite promising research findings and enthusiastic participants, multiyear teacher/student relationships remain uncommon in U.S. schools. The multiyear approach offers great potential for summertime learning. Ambitious pilot programs in Attleboro and Worcester, Massachusetts, and West Bloomfield, Minnesota, are briefly described. (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, House Plan, Multigraded Classes, Pilot Projects
Nelson, Wade W. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1998
In Minnesota, imperial forces would implement a controlling, if well-intentioned system designed to make teachers and students conform to standards not of their choosing. Based on outcome-based education precepts, the proposed reform ideas are retreads of tried and untrue conservative concepts with a history of failure. When minimum expectations…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Competency Based Education, Conservatism
Scannell, Marilyn; Wain, Judith – Phi Delta Kappan, 1996
Since 1970, 12 states (California, Oregon, Minnesota, Nevada, Iowa, Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota, and Hawaii) have created autonomous boards directly accountable to legislatures to control standards and practices for education professionals. These boards are establishing rigorous academic and professional…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Program Descriptions, Role Models
Thomas, Doug; Borwege, Kim – Phi Delta Kappan, 1996
Supported by its local school board and unimpeded by innovation-blocking rules and regulations, the Minnesota New Country Charter School launched a nationally recognized program featuring a course-free structure, individualized learning, and an emphasis on technology. This charter school has helped stimulate improvements in the other district…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Competition, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cost Effectiveness
Martinez, Valerie; And Others – Phi Delta Kappan, 1994
Examines first-year reports on three publicly funded and two privately funded school choice programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, San Antonio (Texas), and Indiana to determine who chooses, why they choose, and differences between choosers and nonchoosers. Although the racial/ethnic composition of the choosing population is not dramatically different…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Background, Parent Participation
Uchitelle, Susan – Phi Delta Kappan, 1989
To provide a school choice program for purely political reasons is reprehensible. The St. Louis (Missouri) model, based on a court-approved desegregation settlement, has demonstrated that citizen commitment and adequate funding can create a successful, equitable program. (MLH)
Descriptors: Desegregation Methods, Educational Equity (Finance), Elementary Secondary Education, Magnet Schools
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