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Murphey, David; Sacks, Vanessa – American Educator, 2019
Adverse childhood experiences (typically referred to as ACEs) are potentially traumatic experiences and events, ranging from abuse and neglect to parental incarceration. A growing body of research has made it increasingly apparent that ACEs are a critical public health issue that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being in…
Descriptors: Trauma, Student Behavior, Student Needs, Stress Variables
Hermann-Wilmarth, Jill M.; Ryan, Caitlin L. – American Educator, 2019
As queer-identified women and former elementary school teachers who now work in universities as teacher educators, the authors spent the past decade developing a range of approaches to help elementary school teachers integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)-inclusive practices into their teaching: "expanding…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Gender Issues, Sexuality, Elementary Education
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
Poteat, V. Paul – American Educator, 2017
Many students participate in a wide range of school or community-based extracurricular programs. Although there is strong evidence such programs promote healthy development programs that specifically serve sexual and gender minority students (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning [LGBTQ] students), and that address…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Educational Environment, Bullying, Sexual Orientation
Sadowski, Michael – American Educator, 2017
Few educators or philosophers of education would argue that schools' sole purpose is to keep children safe. Yet a particular subset of students in the United States--lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students--are often served by their schools as if their mere safety were a sufficient objective in and of itself.…
Descriptors: School Safety, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, Sex Role
Roseman, Jerry – American Educator, 2017
The many negative effects that deficient building conditions have on educational quality have long been ignored. Until school systems can ensure all students have access to school buildings that are healthy, safe, comfortable, and dry, we cannot hope to adequately protect the well-being of students and staff, recruit and retain teachers, or…
Descriptors: School Safety, Teaching Conditions, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities
Ashley, Dana M. – American Educator, 2016
When teachers wonder "What should I do?" in response to challenging student behaviors, the answers are not as simple as they might seem. What teachers can do also depends, at least in part, on external demands (e.g., discipline codes, principal expectations, time pressures on teaching content and testing) that can either facilitate or…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Positive Behavior Supports, Teacher Effectiveness, Holistic Approach
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2016
Together, a school district and a local union are working to ensure that educators are trained in restorative practices in order to improve school climates and keep students in school and learning. This article describes how, in recent years, administrators and teachers have shifted from traditional school punishments, such as suspension, to…
Descriptors: Discipline, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Punishment
Hess, Frederick M. – American Educator, 2015
Upon the realization that teachers inhabit a "cage" of their own, but one very different from that which ensnares school or system administrators, the author wrote the book, "The Cage-Busting Teacher," from which this article is drawn. The author spent a year interviewing a couple hundred teachers, teacher advocates, union…
Descriptors: Professional Isolation, Change Strategies, Educational Environment, Educational Practices
Kahlenberg, Richard D.; Potter, Halley – American Educator, 2014
Kahlenberg and Potter report on research that shows when teachers are engaged in school decisions and collaborate with administrators and each other, school climate improves. The authors add, this promotes a better learning environment for students, which raises student achievement, and a better working environment for teachers, which reduces…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Leadership, Interprofessional Relationship
Senechal, Diana – American Educator, 2012
Success has meant wealth, virtue, excellence, wisdom, personal contentment, or any combination of these, but its definition has flattened over time, particularly in the past few decades. A combination of economic anxiety, aggressive advertising, ubiquitous ratings, and verbal vagueness has led to an emphasis on the external aspects of…
Descriptors: Achievement, Success, Definitions, Rewards
Chatham-Stephens, Kevin M.; Mann, Mana; Schwartz, Andrea Wershof; Landrigan, Philip J. – American Educator, 2012
In the past century, the threats to children's health have shifted radically. Life-threatening infectious diseases--smallpox, polio, and cholera--have been largely conquered. But children are growing up in a world in which environmental toxins are ubiquitous. Measurable levels of hundreds of man-made chemicals are routinely found in the bodies of…
Descriptors: Child Health, Pollution, Educational Environment, School Safety
Ban, John – American Educator, 1978
With the alarming climb in the incidence of school violence, teacher organizations have pushed to make teacher security a crucial item in their list of priorities. (Author)
Descriptors: Crime, Educational Environment, School Vandalism, Teacher Role
Urbanski, Adam – American Educator, 1986
Reviews "Our Last Term: A Teacher's Diary" by Lucille G. Natkins. Argues that this book, a log of events that occurred during the author's long career of teaching social studies, presents a practitioner's realistic account of conditions in urban schools. (Includes an excerpt from the book). (KH)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, School Safety, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Idstein, Pete – American Educator, 1996
Describes how the moving of one chronically disruptive special education student to a more restrictive environment took almost nine months, hundreds of hours of work, and thousands of dollars to achieve all due to the current inefficiencies of the system. The article includes a brief discussion of the reauthorization of the Individuals with…
Descriptors: Discipline Problems, Due Process, Educational Environment, Elementary Education
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