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Weinzapfel, Patricia – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Moving from a traditional school district to one that embraces a community schools model requires fundamental shifts in organizational structure and practices. Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in southern Indiana and Vancouver Public Schools in Vancouver, Wash., are two districts that have navigated this change. Leaders from those…
Descriptors: Community Schools, School Districts, Educational Change, Administrative Organization
Morrison, Judith; Lightner, Lindsay – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
In response to local districts' needs for certified teachers with community roots who understand local schools and students, the authors developed an innovative alternative route for paraprofessionals based on a traditional bachelor's program. Their goals were to provide a rigorous, research-based program that allows paraprofessionals to get a…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Alternative Teacher Certification, Bachelors Degrees, Program Development
Goldhaber, Dan; Krieg, John; Theobald, Roddy; Brown, Nate – Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Improving the quality of the teacher workforce is high on the nation's education policy agenda, but school systems continue to face difficulties in staffing STEM and special education classrooms with qualified teachers. This article documents the mismatch between the supply and demand of STEM and special education teachers in Washington State,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Supply and Demand, Barriers
Zeichner, Noah – Phi Delta Kappan, 2013
The author, a teacher in the Seattle public schools, tells the story of a movement begun by teachers at Garfield High School who in January 2013 voted unanimously to refuse to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. The MAP boycott spread to seven more Seattle schools, and teachers at 10 more schools signed statements of support.…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Teacher Leadership, Activism, Resistance to Change
Maloney, Rick; Banks, Patti; Eyres, Andrew – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
A school district in western Washington commits to developing physically fit and healthy students, not only as a means of enhancing learning but as a whole child goal in its own right. This is a report on how it does so in partnership with its community, believing that it is only through such a partnership that it can reach its goals. The central…
Descriptors: Health Behavior, Health Education, Obesity, Accountability
Phillips, Vicki; Popovic, Zoran – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
There is increasing evidence that games provide good learning environments, particularly in their ability to drive tenacity and intrinsic motivation, two key characteristics needed for student success. Advancing technology now enables games to also serve as assessments with real-time data that gives teachers the ability to have immediate…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Motivation, Individualized Instruction, Games
Siegel, Shepherd – Phi Delta Kappan, 2009
Creating a meaningful high school diploma will expose students to the full range of adult options which will enable them to shape their high school education in a way that connects to their current interests and stimulates the growth of new ones. Fully connecting all students to these four worlds of knowledge will equip them to build one…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Students, Secondary School Curriculum, High School Graduates
Wells, Amy Stuart; Frankenberg, Erica – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
This past June, a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court declared integration plans in Louisville and Seattle unconstitutional because of their focus on race as one factor in assigning students to schools. The Court's ruling in the "Parents Involved in Community Schools" v. "Seattle School District No. 1" and…
Descriptors: Race, Neighborhood Schools, Community Schools, Voluntary Desegregation
O'Brien, Thomas C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2007
The Math Wars continue to rage. And now the back-to-basics faction seems to dominate the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, whose recommendations will have as much effect on curriculum and instruction as those of the National Reading Panel. Mr. O'Brien joins those who have urged the panel to support the reform curricula developed under the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Curriculum Development, Mathematics Curriculum, Educational Change
Mollison, Andrew – Phi Delta Kappan, 2005
On the silver anniversary of the U.S. Department of Education, participants on all sides of the perpetual debate over the proper role of the federal government in education are taking its survival for granted. The Cato Institute this year issued its customary biennial call for Congress to demolish the department. Based on interviews with some of…
Descriptors: Teacher Associations, Educational History, Unions, Federal Government
Bryant, James A., Jr. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2005
Social studies and history have taken a back seat to other subjects in recent years, but the author argues that there is far too much at stake to allow these important fields to become irrelevant. To drive home the point, in this article, he shares a story about the 9/11 Commission, that made headlines in 2004.
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Social Studies, Terrorism
Christie, Kathy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
Many of those who have never lived in a textbook-adoption state have never really understood the concept of "book depository." Depositories exist in many of the approximately two dozen textbook- adoption states. Florida is one of those states, and it is a major force in the national instructional materials market. The Florida book…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Statewide Planning, Public Agencies, Publishing Industry
Lewis, Anne C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act is one of the best conversation starters that public education has ever had. Despite (or maybe because of) its numerous flaws, people across the country--and not just educators--are talking as never before about schools, the quality of teaching, expectations, and accountability. The problem is that this law,…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Special Education, Public Education, Disabilities
Lewis, Anne C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
This column is about a city with two tales--one of spin and the other of sputter. No matter who occupies the White House for the next four years, the past four have borne witness to some of the most ludicrous uses of taxpayer money ever, as the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has tried to spin its message on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) across…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Politics of Education, News Reporting
Johnson, Harry W., II – Phi Delta Kappan, 1984
This description of a model program developed in Washington State for improving teachers' classroom effectiveness includes an outline of the program's 15-step process and its three key concepts--involvement, ownership, and commitment--followed by discussions of resource people and the program's two-day problem-solving retreat. (JBM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Classroom Communication, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education
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