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Parsley, Danette – American Educator, 2018
The Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network connects rural educators in the Pacific Northwest to help them succeed in the profession and overcome the challenges caused by teacher isolation. In this article, the author takes stock of what was learned in the four years since the network was established. She also shares…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Professional Isolation, Social Networks, Teacher Associations
Koretz, Daniel – American Educator, 2018
In "The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better", the author's new book from which this article is drawn, the failures of test-based accountability are documented and some of the most egregious misuses and outright abuses of testing are described, along with some of the most serious negative effects. Neither good intentions…
Descriptors: Accountability, Testing, Testing Problems, Test Validity
Hess, Frederick M. – American Educator, 2018
An education scholar reflects on a 30-year career spent studying the role of policy, parental responsibility, and the partnership between teachers and reformers.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Practices, Parent Responsibility, Partnerships in Education
Murphy, Brett Gardiner – American Educator, 2018
An educator, who compiled teachers' stories of accountability era reforms into a book, explains why teacher voice is central. The book, "Inside Our Schools: Teachers on the Failure and Future of Education Reform," is organized around the recurring buzzwords the mainstream education reform movement has used to define its policies:…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change, Accountability, Empowerment
Jones, Stephanie M.; Kahn, Jennifer – American Educator, 2018
The Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development united a broad alliance of leaders to speak with a unified voice about the urgency of integrating social and emotional development into the fabric of K-12 education. The commission convened a group of scientists, researchers, and academics across disparate…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Emotional Development, Social Development, Cognitive Development
Callahan, Rebecca M.; Obenchain, Kathryn M. – American Educator, 2018
Over the course of a few cold days last February, immigrant families and their allies in Austin, Texas, were shaken by a series of raids as immigration officers descended upon the city. After all was said and done, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials arrested 51 undocumented immigrants, most of whom had no criminal record. In this…
Descriptors: Youth, Citizen Participation, Undocumented Immigrants, Immigration
Zehr, Mary Ann – American Educator, 2018
Professional educators--in the classroom, library, counseling center, or anywhere in between--share one overarching goal: ensuring all students receive the rich, well-rounded education they need to be productive, engaged citizens. In this regular feature, the work of professional educators is explored--their accomplishments and their…
Descriptors: Immigrants, English Language Learners, Class Activities, Self Expression
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2018
While stepped up immigration enforcement and nativist rhetoric have made immigrant communities increasingly nervous nationwide, a union-led effort in Hammond, Indiana, seeks to convince a growing Hispanic population that--in schools, at least--families have nothing to fear.
Descriptors: Law Enforcement, Hispanic American Students, Undocumented Immigrants, Public Schools
Zielezinski, Molly B. – American Educator, 2017
Despite all of the celebratory rhetoric around our nation's declining dropout rates, during a given year, nearly 20 percent of students expected to graduate do not. Furthermore, according to Johns Hopkins University and Civic Enterprises, "unacceptably low levels of minority, low-income, English Language Learners, and special education…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Learner Engagement, African American Students
Quintero, Esther – American Educator, 2017
This article begins with the following quote from Harvard professor, Susan Moore Johnson: "Whatever level of human capital schools acquire through hiring can subsequently be developed through activities such as grade-level or subject-based teams of teachers, faculty committees, professional development, coaching, evaluation, and informal…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Teacher Effectiveness
Kahlenburg, Richard D. – American Educator, 2017
Historically, teachers unions have played a special role in strengthening democratic cultures, and they are urgently called on to do so again. What is needed now more than ever says Kahlenberg, is a "social justice unionism" that goes beyond the narrow self-interest of members in bargaining for better wages and benefits to also engage in…
Descriptors: Social Change, Resistance to Change, Unions, Activism
Finnigan, Kara S.; Daly, Alan J. – American Educator, 2017
In this article, Kara Finnigan and Alan Daly argue that studying churn among central office leaders and school principals can improve retention of high-quality leaders who can better support teachers. Constant churn often means that initiatives barely have the opportunity to get off the ground before a new central office administrator or principal…
Descriptors: Leadership Effectiveness, Trust (Psychology), School Districts, Principals
Vincente, Joseph – American Educator, 2017
In this article, Joseph Vincente, an assistant principal and math and instructional coach at East Side Community High School in New York City, describes East Side's collaborative structures as well as the norms and conditions that support them. Collaboration underpins how the teachers at East Side structure and conduct most of their work, how they…
Descriptors: High Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Secondary School Teachers, High School Students
Hochman, Judith C.; Wexler, Natalie – American Educator, 2017
Expository writing--the kind of writing that explains and informs--is essential for success in school and the workplace. Students who cannot write at a competent level struggle in college. With the advent of e-mail and the Internet, an increasing number of jobs require solid writing skills. No matter what path students choose in life, the ability…
Descriptors: Sentences, Sentence Structure, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction
Fortino, Catalina R. – American Educator, 2017
This article discusses the creation and promise of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) resolution "¡Si Se Puede!: Improving Outcomes for Latino Children and Youth and Addressing the Needs of the Latino Community." The resolution affirms the AFT's commitment to elevating the importance of Latino issues. As a union committed to…
Descriptors: Unions, Family Programs, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit)
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