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Quartz, Karen Hunter; Daniel, Julia; Maier, Anna – American Educator, 2020
This article shares the experience of three teachers, who teach and learn at thriving community schools in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. Their experiences challenge traditional ideas about what it means to learn and be a teacher. In their schools, teaching is a community effort where all the adults--teachers, social workers, parents,…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Social Justice, Educational Change, Integrated Services
Rizga, Kristina – American Educator, 2017
In this article the author describes how Pablo, a senior at Mission High School (San Francisco, California), performs in the schools' annual Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) drag show. The drag show is a homegrown expression created by students of the school, featuring student- and teacher-choreographed dances, student and teacher "coming…
Descriptors: High School Students, Homosexuality, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Social Support Groups
Hsu, Taica – American Educator, 2017
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, "American Educator" explores the work of professional educators--their…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High School Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Homosexuality
Colglazier, Will – American Educator, 2017
Against the backdrop of our country's current political climate, the author sometimes wonder if he is doing his job as a high school history teacher to the best of his ability. He doesn't see his role as simply covering what's in the textbook or helping students analyze current events. Rather, he believes it's his professional responsibility--his…
Descriptors: Current Events, History Instruction, Secondary School Curriculum, Teaching Methods
Pierce, Sarah – American Educator, 2016
Unaccompanied child migrants have been entering the United States for years, but the recent spike in their arrivals has made the issue more pressing. Though the unaccompanied child population has been characterized as temporary in nature, it is likely that a large number of these children will live in the United States for a long period, perhaps…
Descriptors: Refugees, Migrant Children, Childhood Needs, Need Gratification
American Educator, 2016
More than 60 years after the ruling in "Brown v. Board of Education" was handed down, its promise remains unfulfilled. In many respects, America's public schools continue to be "separate and unequal." Indeed, the growing resegregation of American schools by race and ethnicity, compounded by economic class segregation, has…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Ethnic Diversity, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Group Students