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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
Rowland, Christine – American Educator, 2020
For 23 years, the author worked with high school students from a wide range of language backgrounds and widely differing circumstances. What they all had in common was that they were all developing competence and confidence in academic English. One of the challenges in teaching them was that some students had traveled back and forth between the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Stopouts, Reentry Students, Academic Support Services
Kahlenberg, Richard D.; Potter, Halley; Quick, Kimberly – American Educator, 2019
Public schools have always been meant to provide all children with the skills and knowledge to become successful participants in the economy. But currently, a second important purpose of public education has become more salient: to promote social cohesion in a diverse and fractured democracy. As ugly and naked racism in America is further…
Descriptors: Racial Integration, School Desegregation, Public Schools, Democracy
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
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
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2017
In New York City, which has the largest school district in the country, there are 1,700 public schools--and one contract for all of them. Often, schools want to make changes to the contract on a limited set of topics, a practice the district has long allowed. The Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) provides a structure…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Contracts, Educational Planning, Teamwork
Sherrin, David – American Educator, 2016
This article is drawn from the authors' book, "Judging for Themselves: Using Mock Trials to Bring Social Studies and English to Life," which discusses the effectiveness of mock trials as tools for learning and assessments. Mock trials are effective because they are challenging, authentic projects in which students create and then do…
Descriptors: Law Related Education, Courts, Social Studies, English Instruction
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
Koppich, Julia E. – American Educator, 2002
Asserts that monetary incentives will not induce teachers to take on difficult jobs in impoverished urban schools. New York City's Extended Time Schools have an extra 40 minutes each school day to be used for small group instruction and professional development. This initiative is turning around the toughest schools with the most challenging…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Extended School Day, Faculty Development
Marrapodi, Maryann – American Educator, 1998
Describes the implementation of "Success for All," a reading program developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, in an elementary school in an economically disadvantaged area of New York City. "Success for All" works successfully in this school, as in many others, because each of its elements is a proven, effective,…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Education
Schierenbeck, Jack – American Educator, 1997
Provides excerpts from the six-part history of the United Federation of Teachers, New York City to show that most of the day-to-day rights and dignities teachers now take for granted once had to be wrested from a reluctant and uncooperative system. Suggests that the struggle to maintain these rights is continuing. (GR)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Demands
Alvarado, Anthony – American Educator, 1998
Explores the meaning of professional development in the context of standards-based education and describes professional development as it is being put into place in New York City's Community School District 2, a racially and socioeconomically diverse city school district. Professional development must become an everyday activity in teaching. (SLD)
Descriptors: Diversity (Student), Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Teacher Education
Thomas, Piri – American Educator, 1978
This article presents reminiscences of school days in Spanish Harlem. (Author)
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Emotional Experience, Opinions, Puerto Ricans
Spatz, Naomi – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1985
Describes the advantages of displaying children's art in public places and focuses particularly on such activities in New York City. Includes examples of student art. (KH)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Childrens Art, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities
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