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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
Stosich, Elizabeth Leisy; Bae, Soung – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act gives states greater flexibility in designing educational policy, but questions remain about whether and how states will use this opportunity to design truly innovative new policies to support higher levels of student learning. The authors describe how educational leaders in four states--California, Iowa, New…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation, Stakeholders, Educational Policy
Elias, Maurice J.; Nayman, Samuel J.; Duffell, Joan C.; Kim, Sarah A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
Considering the key role of social-emotional and character development (SECD) competencies in college, career, and life success--and considering that many of those competencies are teachable--there is no excuse for failing to incorporate them systematically into our education system. That would be the equivalent of depriving children of oxygen.…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Skill Development, Policy Formation
Strunk, Katharine O.; Weinstein, Tracey; Makkonen, Reino; Furedi, Drew – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
The authors of this article are engaged in an ongoing pilot implementation and study of the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Educator Growth and Development Cycle, known as EGDC. LAUSD implemented the EGDC pilot in the 2011-12 school year, focusing on a small subset of volunteering school administrators and teachers. The district's…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Urban Schools, School Districts, Professional Development
Eckert, Jonathan; Byrd, P. Ann – Phi Delta Kappan, 2012
Two former classroom teachers go back to the classroom to work, observe and discuss education. Their lessons learned include that grouping students according to ability is difficult, teachers are overworked, teachers must get to know each individual student, and most importantly, the separation between schools and the academic and policy…
Descriptors: Teachers, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Teaching Methods, Classroom Techniques
Jennings, Jack – Phi Delta Kappan, 2011
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act will be coming up for reauthorization amid a number of contentious issues, and debates over these issues are likely to more heated leading up to the 2012 elections. If ESEA is to be renewed, the President must make it a high priority, Republicans will need to work with Democrats, and national education…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Policy Formation
Phillips, Vicki; Wong, Carina – Phi Delta Kappan, 2010
Clear, high standards will enable us to develop an education system that ensures that high school graduates are ready for college. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been working with other organizations to develop a Common Core of Standards. The partners working with the foundation are developing tools that will show teachers what is…
Descriptors: High Schools, Academic Standards, Standard Setting, Alignment (Education)
Hess, Frederick M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2008
In recent years, the rigor and quality of educational research have drawn much attention. This increased interest has been driven by state efforts to collect student achievement data, the creation of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the explicit call for"scientifically based research" written into the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act,…
Descriptors: Policy Formation, Educational Research, Politics of Education, Policy Analysis
Hess, Frederick M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2005
Philanthropy plays a visible but little-studied role in education reform, making it easy to both overestimate and underestimate its significance. The emergence of "new" givers in the last few years, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, has shifted the landscape of school reform. This article, based…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Private Financial Support, Educational Change, Philanthropic Foundations
Martin, Reed; Blaschke, Charles – Phi Delta Kappan, 1971
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Responsibility
Hanson, Carroll – Phi Delta Kappan, 1970
The solution to the nearly impossible big city school superintendent's job requires the school board to assume the role of change agent and confine the superintendent to administration and communication. (Author)
Descriptors: Administrators, Boards of Education, Change Agents, Policy Formation
Nicholas, James R. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1970
A faculty member proposes regular and frequent meetings between students and the Cincinnati Board of Education. (Author)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Policy Formation, School Districts, Social Change
Bain, Helen – Phi Delta Kappan, 1970
The NEA president-elect announces a campaign to establish professional practices boards, by State statute, to give teachers more control over teacher education, licensure, in-service education, and the ethical conduct of their peers. (Author/MF)
Descriptors: Certification, Educational Improvement, Peer Groups, Policy Formation
Finn, Chester E., Jr. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1984
Addressing the underlying tension that generally exists between school-level autonomy and systemwide uniformity, the author's nine commandments include recognizing the school as the key organizational unit in public education, selecting and nurturing first-rate principals, and granting more budgetary authority to the school level. (JBM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Board of Education Policy, Conformity, Differences
Yudof, Mark G. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1984
Educational policy climate of the 1980s is being shaped not by educational research but by appeals to public opinion that emphasize standardized achievements, local classrooms, heightened yet vague requirements of teachers, technological solutions to educational problems, and private school methods. (JW)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Educational Policy
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