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Milner, H. Richard, IV – American Educator, 2019
Author Richard Milner IV is a Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. The author of numerous articles and seven books, his research focuses on urban education, teacher education, and African American literature. Throughout his career studying the…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Educational Improvement, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Student Relationship
Eaton, Annelise; Poulos, Jennifer; Stevens, Alison B.; Anderson, Janet – American Educator, 2018
The scholarly learning environment that characterizes the Mildred Avenue K-8 School, today seemed impossible five years ago, when the school was among the lowest performing in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Between 2004 and 2013, the average tenure for a principal at the school was just 18 months, with five new principals arriving during those…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Urban Schools, School Turnaround, Public Schools
Maier, Anna; Daniel, Julia; Oakes, Jeannie; Lam, Livia – American Educator, 2018
This article chronicles the history of community schools and identifies common features, or "pillars," that are associated with high-quality community schools. It is drawn from "Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence," a report that examined 143 research studies on community…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Improvement, Institutional Characteristics, Literature Reviews
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
Ingersoll, Richard M.; Sirinides, Philip; Dougherty, Patrick – American Educator, 2018
Given the prominence of both instructional leadership and teacher leadership in the realms of school reform and policy, not surprisingly, both have also been the focus of extensive empirical research. But there have been limits to this research. It is, for example, unclear which of the many key elements of instructional leadership are more, or…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role, Decision Making, Academic Achievement
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
Hirsch, E. D., Jr. – American Educator, 2017
People who emphasize teaching quality and the central importance of teachers are right to do so. Where some go wrong is in thinking that teacher quality is an innate characteristic. The effectiveness of a teacher is not some inherent competence, as the phrase "teacher quality" suggests. Teacher effectiveness is contextual. Why has the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2016
For more than four years, the AFT has guided the efforts of a public-private partnership to bring much-needed resources and services to McDowell County, West Virginia, a geographically isolated area in the heart of Appalachia. Known as Reconnecting McDowell, the initiative has also encouraged a renewed emphasis on improving education by focusing…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Partnerships in Education, Community Schools
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
Goldstein, Dana – American Educator, 2015
This article is excerpted from Marshall Project staff writer and author, Dana Goldstein's 2014 book, "The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession." It begins by describing Goldstein's experience traveling as an education reporter in the late 2000s and the incredible amount of political scrutiny under which the…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Educational History, Politics of Education, Public Schools
Mehta, Jal – American Educator, 2015
In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education released its now famous report, "A Nation at Risk," which warned of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in American schooling. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education but largely written by a group of prominent academics, "A Nation at Risk" invoked a crisis…
Descriptors: Risk, Research Reports, Position Papers, Content Analysis
Dougherty, Chrys – American Educator, 2014
As our nation strives to have all students that graduate from high school be prepared for college or some other post-secondary learning opportunities, we have to confront the reality that we are far from achieving this goal. The problem is most severe with the economically disadvantaged students. For many students, especially those from…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Preschool Education, Elementary Education
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
Sarjala, Jukka – American Educator, 2013
For the past decade, Finland has been lauded for consistently being a top performer on international assessments of student achievement. Having spent 25 years in the Ministry of Education, and then another 8 as director general of the National Board of Education, the author was heartened by these accomplishment--but he is also concerned about how…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Core Curriculum, Educational Cooperation, Best Practices
Allensworth, Elaine – American Educator, 2012
Teachers tend to leave schools where they feel ineffective. At the same time, it's harder to be effective in schools with the lowest levels of student performance, schools that are most in need of effective teaching. There is a pressing need to improve the quality of instruction in urban schools to reduce long-standing inequities in educational…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Racial Composition, Race
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