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Blank, Martin J.; Villarreal, Lisa – American Educator, 2015
The modern-day community schools movement reached a new plateau in 2008 when Randi Weingarten made community schools a central element of her platform as the new president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The AFT's action was a milestone on a journey that began a decade earlier, when advocates for community schools determined that it…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Community Schools, Educational Change, Educational Development
Willingham, Daniel T. – American Educator, 2015
How does the mind work--and especially how does it learn? Teachers' instructional decisions are based on a mix of theories learned in teacher education, trial and error, craft knowledge, and gut instinct. Such knowledge often serves us well, but is there anything sturdier to rely on? Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field of researchers…
Descriptors: Retention (Psychology), Cognitive Science, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Processes
Goldenberg, Claude; Wagner, Kirstin – American Educator, 2015
In the United States, bilingual education continues to provoke fierce debate. It seems that nearly everyone--from educators to policymakers to parents with school-age children to those without children--has a strong opinion on whether children with little fluency in English should be taught academic content in their home language as they learn…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Educational Practices, Educational Development, 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
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
Willingham, Daniel T. – American Educator, 2015
This article asks American adults the question: How should teens spend their leisure time? The activity with the highest response, irrespective of race, education, and other demographic factors, was reading. Adults thought teens ought to spend about an hour and 15 minutes reading for pleasure each day. How much time do teens actually spend…
Descriptors: Reading, Adolescents, Motivation, Rewards
Vilson, José Luis – American Educator, 2015
José Luis Vilson is a blogger, speaker, and math teacher in New York City, where he has taught for 10 years. Parts of this article are drawn from his book "This Is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education." In this article he shares his concern for the lack of representation of black and Latino people, especially males,…
Descriptors: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Males, Disproportionate Representation
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
Justice, Benjamin – American Educator, 2015
In 1795 America's premier scholarly association, the American Philosophical Society (APS), posed the following question: [Write] an essay on a system of liberal education, and literary instruction, adapted to the genius of the government, and best calculated to promote the general welfare of the United States; comprehending, also, a plan for…
Descriptors: Essays, Competition, Educational History, Educational Development
Kahlenberg, Richard D. – American Educator, 2015
Teacher tenure rights, first established more than a century ago, are under unprecedented attack. Tenure--which was enacted to protect students' education and those who provide it--is under assault from coast to coast, in state legislatures, in state courtrooms, and in the media. In June 2014, in the case of "Vergara v. California," a…
Descriptors: Tenure, Teacher Rights, Court Litigation, State Legislation
Lerer, Seth – American Educator, 2015
Children's literature charts the makings of the literate imagination. It shows children finding worlds within the book and books in the world. It addresses the changing environments of family life and human growth, schooling and scholarship, publishing and publicity in which children--at times suddenly, at times subtly--found themselves…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Childhood Interests, Childhood Needs, Readability
Kahlenberg, Richard D.; Potter, Halley – American Educator, 2015
In 1988, education reformer and American Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker proposed a new kind of public school--"charter schools"--which would allow teachers to experiment with innovative approaches to educating students. Publicly funded but independently managed, these schools would be given a charter to try their fresh…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Finance, Financial Support, Educational Administration
Sparks, Sarah D. – American Educator, 2015
One of the first lessons students are taught in school is "If you need help, raise your hand" but as students learn in an increasing variety of settings--in and out of classrooms, in person and online--educators and researchers are starting to take another look at how students learn to ask for help. This brief article uses findings from…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Help Seeking, Student Behavior, Aptitude Treatment Interaction
Calarco, Jessica – American Educator, 2015
Jessica Calarco explains in this article that students from different backgrounds tend to manage problems in contrasting ways that can have real consequences in the classroom. More specifically, Calarco observed children from middle-class families tended to actively seek help from their teachers, while children from working-class families…
Descriptors: Social Class, Help Seeking, Student Behavior, Social Differences
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator, 2015
For years now, educators have looked to international tests as a yardstick to measure how well students from the United States are learning compared with their peers. The answer has been: not so well. The United States has been falling further behind other nations and has struggled with a large achievement gap. Federal policy under No Child Left…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Educational Testing
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