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Hatch, Thomas; Roegman, Rachel; Allen, David – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Thomas Hatch, Rachel Roegman, and David Allen draw on examples from three districts in New Jersey -- one of the most segregated states in the United States for Black and Latinx students -- to present a multidimensional approach to creating equitable learning experiences. This approach begins with a focus on instruction but also takes into account…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Outcomes of Education, School Segregation, School Districts
Mahoney, Joseph L.; Durlak, Joseph A.; Weissberg, Roger P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Joseph Mahoney, Joseph Durlak, and Roger Weissberg compare results from four large-scale meta-analyses of student outcomes related to participation in universal, school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. Their examination includes 356 research reports with rigorous designs and outcome data at post or follow-up from hundreds of…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness
McDonald, Joseph P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Joseph P. McDonald reports findings from a study of nine poverty-impacted schools in New York City striving to more effectively use student performance data in teaching. The study was one of 13 studies of data use at the classroom level across the United States funded by the Spencer Foundation -- an effort intended to fill a serious gap in…
Descriptors: Data, Information Utilization, Urban Schools, Academic Achievement
Doepke, Matthias; Zilibotti, Fabrizio – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
In this sexcerpt from their book, "Love, Money, and Parenting: How Economics Explains the Way We Raise Our Kids," Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti discuss the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, in which parents spend more time monitoring their kids' activities. They present empirical evidence for a rise in parental involvement and…
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Parenting Styles, Parent Child Relationship, Child Rearing
Filardo, Mary; Vincent, Jeffrey M.; Sullivan, Kevin – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
The average public school building was built around 1968 -- more than 50 years ago -- and the National Center for Education Statistics reports that half of all public schools in the United States need at least one major facility repair. Mary Filardo, Jeffrey Vincent, and Kevin Sullivan explain how poorly maintained school buildings have a negative…
Descriptors: School Buildings, Public Schools, Educational Facilities Improvement, School Districts
Kuhfeld, Megan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
It has been common knowledge for decades that poor and working-class students tend to experience "summer learning loss," a drop in performance between spring and fall that serves to widen the gap between students. However, new research shows that the reality of summer learning loss is more complex. Megan Kuhfeld draws on data from the…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement, Reading Achievement
Barr, Donald A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Many kindergarten teachers have encountered children who enter school lacking the ability to control their behavior, but they may not understand the social and biological processes behind these children's disruptive behavior. The author reviews research into early childhood brain development to explain how trauma and chronic stress can make it…
Descriptors: Trauma, Kindergarten, Interference (Learning), Self Control
O'Connor, Patrick J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
School counselors play a key role in promoting students' academic achievement, social and emotional development, and college and career readiness. The author reviews the research on counselors' work in these areas and discusses how schools can ensure that their counselors are better able to succeed in supporting students.
Descriptors: School Counselors, School Counseling, Counselor Role, Academic Achievement
Lance, Keith Curry; Kachel, Debra E. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between school librarians and library programs and student achievement. The authors review the findings from these studies and discuss how school leaders can ensure they are making the best use of their librarians'…
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Services, Library Role, Expertise
Meals, Anthony R. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
The author, a teacher and substitute bus driver, explains the pivotal role that bus drivers play in the education process by proving safe transport and getting students off to a good start each day. Reducing bus transportation budgets, or charging families for using it, reduces student access to education.
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Student Transportation, Bus Transportation, Employee Attitudes
Maughan, Erin D. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
School nurses help students with the prevention and management of chronic physical and mental health issues, but not all schools have a full-time registered nurse on their staff. The author argues that investing in school nursing has benefits that extend beyond the school and into the community.
Descriptors: School Nurses, Investment, Academic Achievement, Mental Health
White, Rachel S. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
As the Every Student Succeeds Act is returning authority over teacher evaluation policies back to the states, policy makers at the state level have the opportunity to revise their policies. But who will they listen to when it comes to potential reforms? The author surveyed education policy makers to determine to what degree teachers, education…
Descriptors: State Policy, Teacher Evaluation, State Government, Government Role
Wahlstrom, Kyla L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
A recent study by the University of Minnesota looked at eight high schools across the U.S. that chose later start times, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. The study found significant decreases in absences and tardiness as well as greater academic benefits for schools with the latest start times. Among the 9,395 students in the study, those who slept…
Descriptors: High School Students, School Schedules, Sleep, Fatigue (Biology)
Sternberg, Robert J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
IQs increased by about 30 points in the 20th century. Part of this increase may have been the result of increased standardized testing because testing improves the skills on which students are tested. But although these practices may increase general intelligence, they may impede the development of creativity and wisdom. As a result, our society…
Descriptors: Intelligence Quotient, Intelligence Differences, Academic Achievement, Creativity
Schneider, Jack; Jacobsen, Rebecca; White, Rachel; Gehlbach, Hunter – Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
When it comes to measuring the quality of a school, policy leaders tend to embrace standardized tests as the go-to indicator, whereas parents and community members tend to rely on reputation, word-of-mouth, and what they perceive with their own eyes. The authors suggest a better approach: a new framework that looks at three categories of inputs…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Measurement Techniques, Educational Environment, School Culture
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