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Grant, Carl A. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
Teachers must seize the opportunity to grow great minds. Contextualizing the argument in the writing of renowned poets, noted educators, and distinguished moral heroes whose life's work was dedicated to the principles of democracy, this article reminds practicing teachers in this challenging moment that "You are braver than you believe,…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Child Development, Cognitive Development, Democratic Values
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Cochran-Smith, Marilyn – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
Teachers working together in learning communities is a popular aspect of school reform projects in countries around the world. However, teacher communities vary greatly from one another. This article describes two communities whose purpose is to help teachers work for equity by focusing on questions that emerge from practice and from genuine…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Educational Change, Social Justice
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Moll, Luis C. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
The author provides an overview of a "funds of knowledge" approach and presents three different adaptations of the approach with a common theme of expanding teachers' and students' resources for learning.
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Community Involvement, Educational Resources, Family School Relationship
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Kajitani, Alex – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
Using the Teacher Leader Model Standards as a guide may help teachers and administrators put a collaborative, forward-thinking mind-set into action.
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Characteristics, Models, Standards
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Stone, Evan – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
Inside and outside of the classroom, teacher-led advocacy is a critical part of the job and another way to serve students.
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Advocacy, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Participation
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Silva Mangiante, Elaine; Moore, Adam – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the need to promote equitable opportunities for all students to engage in science and engineering. This article offers eight tips that educators can use to support students of all abilities, including those with special learning needs, to engage in engineering challenges at the elementary level.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Engineering Education, Elementary School Students, Academic Standards
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Lord, Kathleen M. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
The ability to identify the main idea through close reading of informational text is a higher-level skill students develop in elementary grades as a foundation for the acquisition of other critical skills in later grades. This article provides instructional strategies for this important skill as well as for improving reading comprehension.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Skill Development, Reading Comprehension
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Tienken, Christopher H. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
The ubiquitous use of standardized test results to make varied judgments about educators, students, and schools within the public school system raises concerns of validity. If the test results have not been validated for making multiple determinations, then the decisions made about educators, students, schools, and school districts based on the…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Test Use, Test Results, Test Interpretation
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Conderman, Greg – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
As students with disabilities increasingly are included into the general education classroom, teachers at all grade levels need to be knowledgeable about supports that promote student success. An assistive technology (AT) is any device or program that promotes the success of students with disabilities. This article provides an overview of ATs and…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Assistive Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods
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Sherman, Judy; Torres-Crespo, Marisel N. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
Capitalizing on preschoolers' inherent enthusiasm and capacity for learning, the authors developed and implemented a dual-language program to enable young children to experience diversity and multiculturalism by learning two new languages: Spanish and American Sign Language. Details of the curriculum, findings, and strategies are shared.
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Spanish, Preschool Children, Bilingual Education
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Zeichner, Ken – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
The author critiques both major camps in the current debates about teacher education for their lack of attention to the role of local communities in preparing teachers. The current work at the University of Washington, Seattle, to engage local community members as mentors of teacher candidates is highlighted.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Colleges, Community Involvement, Mentors
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Hubbard, Keith; Embry-Jenlink, Karen; Beverly, Lesa – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2015
The authors describe successful STEM teacher recruiting and training practices developed through the Talented Teachers in Training for Texas (T4) program. They discuss implementing three distinctive recruiting experiences--a STEM Master Teacher Job Shadow, a STEM Day, and a NASA Aerospace Teachers Program--along with a multiyear scholarship and…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Teacher Recruitment, Job Shadowing, Aerospace Education
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Shore, Rebecca – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2014
Continued physical well-being is important, especially within the aging teacher ranks. The story of one veteran exercise instructor emphasizes fitness and weaves best classroom practices throughout the narrative.
Descriptors: Exercise, Best Practices, Educational Environment, Creativity
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Murray, Frank B. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2014
This narrative considers how well equipped today's teacher education students and faculty are to meet the demands of the new Common Core State Standards. Data from the Teacher Education Accreditation Council's national evaluation of teacher education programs gives a mixed picture that, while mostly encouraging, also reveals that some…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education
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Mullen, Carol A. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2014
Child wellness needs to be understood holistically so that children and youth from high-poverty environments can succeed in schooling and life. Teachers who foster advocacy in themselves are well equipped to teach students to take ownership of their own well-being. Such advocacy can enrich the classroom curriculum and mitigate the negative effects…
Descriptors: Wellness, Child Health, Poverty, At Risk Persons
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