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Ramstetter, Catherine L.; Fink, Dale Borman – American Educator, 2019
The purpose of this article is to promote a deeper, more complex understanding of the challenge that "recess time" poses to elementary school educators and to thereby understand the practices in which they are currently engaging. Because teachers are expected to shepherd students through a vast array of learning standards while remaining…
Descriptors: Recess Breaks, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
Berry, Barnett; Farris-Berg, Kim – American Educator, 2016
Over the past 20 years, federal and state reforms have drawn on heavy-handed attempts to close the achievement gap through top-down management of teachers. Such approaches have often included high-stakes accountability systems that mandate what to teach and how to teach it and that evaluate teachers on the basis of annual standardized test scores.…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Change Agents, Teacher Empowerment, Educational History
Perkins, Bettye – American Educator, 2016
In a country with an increasing population of nonwhite students, there are far too few teachers of color. The numbers are particularly distressing when it comes to finding male teachers of color, who are essential role models for black boys. As a result, black and Latino children sitting in classrooms with white teachers, day after day and year…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, African American Students
Kahlenberg, Richard D. – American Educator, 2013
Integrating our schools is a goal that many of us share. But some seem to have given up on the idea, as plans to boost racial diversity have come under attack, and as the fixation on test scores has narrowed some people's concept of a good education. There is, however, new hope: integration by socioeconomic status. It's a cost-effective, legally…
Descriptors: School Desegregation, Socioeconomic Status, Social Integration, Achievement Gap
Chenoweth, Karin; Theokas, Christina – American Educator, 2012
This is how Ricci Hall, principal of University Park Campus School in Worcester, Massachusetts, defines the job of principal: "Being a school leader is complicated. More than being about budgets or bottom lines, more than being about evaluations or meeting attendance, being a school leader is about helping to create powerful learning…
Descriptors: Principals, Feedback (Response), Occupational Information, Leadership
Kauffman, David; Johnson, Susan Moore; Kardos, Susan M.; Liu, Edward; Peske, Heather G. – American Educator, 2002
Interviewed beginning teachers in Massachusetts to determine how they experienced curriculum and state-mandated assessments they encountered. Most respondents received little or no guidance about what to teach or how to teach it and spent inordinate amounts of time and money developing their own content and materials from scratch. Asserts that…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, State Standards