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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
McEachin, Andrew; Augustine, Catherine H.; McCombs, Jennifer – American Educator, 2018
The evidence suggests that many types of summer learning programs have the potential to reduce summer learning losses and perhaps create learning gains. However, implementing a summer program does not guarantee positive effects on students' learning. A key question then is: What factors make a summer learning program effective? This article, drawn…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Program Effectiveness, Performance Factors, Best Practices
Friedrich, Linda; Bear, Rachel; Fox, Tom – American Educator, 2018
The National Writing Project's (NWP) College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP) aims to improve young people's ability to write thoughtful, evidence-based arguments. In an era where public discourse has become increasingly polarized, and "echo chambers" of narrow views populate people's social media feeds, teaching students to…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Writing Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Nonfiction
Ingersoll, Richard M.; Sirinides, Philip; Dougherty, Patrick – American Educator, 2018
Given the prominence of both instructional leadership and teacher leadership in the realms of school reform and policy, not surprisingly, both have also been the focus of extensive empirical research. But there have been limits to this research. It is, for example, unclear which of the many key elements of instructional leadership are more, or…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role, Decision Making, Academic Achievement
Gorn, Cathy – American Educator, 2018
National History Day (NHD), a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, is widely known for the National History Day Contest, in which students conduct historical research and submit their projects at local and state levels, with top students invited to the National Contest. Participation in NHD demonstrates that students learn…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Student Research, History Instruction, Historical Interpretation
Pitcock, Sarah – American Educator, 2018
For many people, the word "summer" evokes easier days, a time when life slows down. So does the term "summer break," a time parents, teachers, and students alike value as a well-deserved respite from the labor of the school year. Unfortunately, a growing body of evidence shows that summer is far from a time to recharge for many…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Relevance (Education), Educational Needs, Educational History
Shelton, Jon – American Educator, 2018
Our nation is at a crossroads. The fight to reclaim our country and restore democracy must come from the bottom up and must be rooted at the local level. Those who teach, now more than ever, represent the crucial linchpin in this struggle. In his book "Teacher Strike!: Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order,"…
Descriptors: Unions, Democracy, Teacher Associations, Conflict of Interest
Capo, Zeph – American Educator, 2018
It's no secret that organized labor and public education face a time of great uncertainty. Our country's current president and secretary of education, according to this author, have made clear their intent to support corporate greed at the expense of working people and their unions and to champion privatization schemes that undermine public…
Descriptors: Unions, Public Education, Social Change, Teacher Associations
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