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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
Donato, Rubén; Hanson, Jarrod – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Mexican Americans have a long history in the struggle to end school segregation and achieve educational equality. Rubén Donato and Jarrod Hanson trace that history through a series of court cases that show how their fight for desegregation both intersects with and differs from the more well-known struggle of Black Americans. In some cases, Mexican…
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, School Segregation, Equal Education, Educational History
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
"Kappan"'s editor talks with the distinguished historian Vanessa Siddle Walker about the hidden -- and lost -- tradition of political advocacy by Black educational leaders in the segregated South. To promote equity and excellence for all students, she argues, today's educators will need to recover the sorts of extensive and…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, School Desegregation, School Segregation, Educational History
Fergus, Edward – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Many school practitioners think of poverty as a kind of "culture," characterized by dysfunctional behaviors that can only be corrected by imposing harsh discipline on students. Further, beliefs about poverty are often used to justify racial disparities in disciplinary referrals, achievement, and enrollment in gifted, AP, and honors…
Descriptors: Poverty, Racial Bias, Teacher Attitudes, Cultural Differences
Hess, Frederick M.; McShane, Michael Q. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Drawing upon their new edited volume of essays looking back on the school reforms of the Bush and Obama years, the authors explain just how few of those reforms went according to plan. Some of the unexpected outcomes were positive, they note, pointing to the improvement of school data systems and the bipartisan compromise that put an end to No…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Politics of Education, Public Opinion, Common Core State Standards
Wolf, Maryanne – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Because reading is not a natural process like language, young learners must be taught to read. Knowledge about how the reading brain develops has critical implications for understanding which teaching methods to use and helps reconceptualize previous debates. In this excerpt from "Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World",…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Brain, Teaching Methods, Decoding (Reading)
Pylman, Stacey – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
A great deal of teacher planning involves an invisible process of envisioning how plans might unfold in the classroom. Novice teachers can benefit from seeing how experienced teachers work through this process, but, too often, co-planning sessions between mentors and novices focus on selecting activities to fill out a lesson, rather than delving…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers, Mentors
Gonzalez, Naihobe – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
More than ever, educators are expected to implement evidence-based interventions to improve student outcomes. This is often easier said than done, as illustrated by a recent study by Mathematica Policy Research in Oakland, California. To help secondary students who were several years behind in reading, the district piloted an intensive program for…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Literacy Education, Secondary School Students, Intervention
Ahn, Ruth; Shimojima, Yasuko; Mori, Hisayoshi; Asanuma, Shigeru – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
The high performance of Japanese students, as demonstrated on international tests, is well-known, but the professional learning of Japanese teachers has received less attention. Ruth Ahn, Yasuko Shimojima, Hisayoshi Mori, and Shigeru Asanuma describe the professional development requirements for teachers across their careers. Novice teachers are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Innovation, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
Brighouse, Harry; Ladd, Helen; Loeb, Susanna; Swift, Adam – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
In this article, based on their book Educational Goods: Values, Evidence and Decision Making, Harry Brighouse, Helen Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift encourage education decision makers to give careful thought to the values that underlie the data they collect and use to inform policy. Rather than basing decisions entirely on what improves…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Evidence Based Practice, Decision Making
Gamson, David A.; Eckert, Sarah Anne; Anderson, Jeremy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Since the beginning of U.S. public school systems, educators and policy makers have debated what kinds of knowledge and skills that all schoolchildren should acquire. And those debates touch every aspect of a curriculum, its assessment, and its instructional materials. David A. Gamson, Sarah Anne Eckert, and Jeremy Anderson trace the history of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational Policy, Educational History, Educational Change
Brown, Lyn Mikel; Flaumenhaft, Jenny – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Lyn Mikel Brown and Jenny Flaumenhaft describe the use of student-centered principles to engage in curricular reform in an under-resourced rural elementary school. With a specific focus on student empowerment and self-determination, and in collaboration with students and teachers, Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE) integrated…
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Rural Schools
Reynolds, Arthur J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Arthur Reynolds describes the significance, development, and effects of preschool to 3rd grade approaches. This school reform strategy integrates services and supports transitions, thereby increasing achievement, sustaining gains, and realistically reducing achievement gaps. Evidence from the Child-Parent Center (CPC) program is reviewed to…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Early Childhood Education, Achievement Gap, Instructional Effectiveness
Berry, Robert Q., III; Larson, Matthew R. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Results on the National Assessment for Education Progress and the Program for International Student Assessment show that high school mathematics instruction is past due for a redesign. Despite calls for reform going back at least four decades, the structure of math instruction has remained largely the same. In April 2018, the National Council of…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Curriculum, Curriculum Development
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
In this month's interview, Kappan's editor talks with high school English teacher and researcher Lisa Scherff about the ongoing struggle over who gets to define the English language arts curriculum. Dating back to the creation of the subject area, more than a century ago, classroom teachers have advocated for a varied course of study that helps…
Descriptors: English, Language Arts, Curriculum Development, Decision Making
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