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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
August, Dianne – American Educator, 2018
In this article, the author discusses the latest research on how to effectively teach English Language Learners (ELLs). This includes seven principles from a consensus report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The consensus report examines what the current research is about learning English from early…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English Language Learners, Bilingualism
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2015
In 2007, Walter P. Webb Middle School faced a crisis. One evening in January, the superintendent at the time held a meeting at the school in Austin, Texas, to let students, parents, teachers, and community members know that at the end of the academic year, their school would close. Thanks to a new state law focused on accountability, the…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Middle Schools, Institutional Survival, Community Action
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2014
This article describes the Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, which, for 30 years, has treated teachers as intellectuals. To that end, the nonprofit educational organization offers teachers from all grade levels and all disciplines an experience that either reacquaints them with or introduces…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Classics (Literature), Western Civilization, Inservice Teacher Education
Nodine, Thad R. – American Educator, 2011
In 2005, the Hidalgo Independent School District made an ambitious commitment. In partnership with nearby University of Texas-Pan American, the University of Texas System, the Communities Foundation of Texas/Texas High School Project, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the district promised that all of its students, not just a select…
Descriptors: High Schools, Private Schools, College Programs, College Credits
Malfaro, Louis – American Educator, 2010
School systems sometimes make promises they have no intention of keeping. Other times, they can deliver a world of opportunities to the neediest children. They may or may not want to listen to parents or even teachers, but school systems always attend to the demands of the most powerful individuals and institutions in their communities. For the…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Unions, Collective Bargaining, Power Structure
Mandell, Jeff – American Educator, 1999
Describes the effects the privately-funded Horizon Scholarship program, a tuition-voucher program, has on a poor urban school district in San Antonio (Texas). The program reduces funding to the public schools as fewer students attend and it often leaves the most needy students in the public schools. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Private Schools
Pino, Carol – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
Ninth graders in a six-week reading improvement class at San Marcos High School (Texas) acted as tutors in an elementary school. The ninth graders' self-confidence, attitude, and attendance improved dramatically, but their own progress in reading did not, because of the short duration of the project. (DM)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, High School Freshmen, Peer Teaching
Tyson-Bernstein, Harriet – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1987
During a 45-minute observation period, Texas teachers must demonstrate their abilities on a long checklist of "performance indicators." This approach, like its sister systems cropping up in other states, is based on a narrow, standardized, and superficial view of teaching. (Author)
Descriptors: Competence, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching (Occupation)