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Anglum, J. Cameron – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
In rural school districts across the country, four-day school weeks have proliferated. Currently adopted in 1,600 schools in 600 school districts, 90% of which are rural, four-day school week policies have prospered largely without a robust body of evidence to support their expansion. J. Cameron Anglum presents an overview of four-day school week…
Descriptors: School Schedules, Rural Schools, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
Lakin, Joni M.; Stambaugh, Tamra; Ihrig, Lori M.; Mahatmya, Duhita; Assouline, Susan G. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
Rural schools, especially smaller ones, offer enormous opportunities for teachers to get to know their students and to cultivate their academic talents. However, students with potential in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) face specific obstacles to having their talents fully realized in rural schools. Joni Lakin, Tamra…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Talent Development, STEM Education, Barriers
Malin, Joel R. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
Indirect routes to strengthening research-practice connections, through intermediaries or knowledge brokers, have received little emphasis in discussions of education research and practice. Joel Malin compares direct and indirect approaches to making these connections and considers how indirect actors are situated in the education system and what…
Descriptors: Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Research, Information Services
Brennan, Karen; Blum-Smith, Sarah; Haduong, Paulina – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
Student-directed projects are a promising approach to supporting powerful learning, yet uncertainty about how to assess these projects presents a barrier to widespread incorporation in K-12 classrooms. Drawing on interviews with computer science teachers and an interdisciplinary literature review, Karen Brennan, Sarah Blum-Smith, and Paulina…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Student Projects, Evaluation Methods, Elementary School Students
Arsen, David; Delpier, Tanner; Gensterblum, Annie; Jacobsen, Rebecca; Stamm, Alexandra – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
The specific needs of rural schools and communities have received limited attention from state policy makers, and many state programs have only added to the challenges that school districts in rural areas face. Michigan State University researchers surveyed and interviewed rural superintendents in Michigan to learn more about their situations.…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, State Policy, Educational Policy, Superintendents
Brenner, Devon; Azano, Amy Price; Downey, Jayne – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
Among the many challenges facing rural administrators, recruiting and retaining teachers is often at the top of the list. Given the time and energy they must invest to successfully attract, recruit, and hire a new teacher, there is a significant need to adopt strategies that will help to retain those new teachers. Rural administrators can support…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Rural Schools, Teacher Motivation
Hammerness, Karen; MacPherson, Anna; Gupta, Preeti; Jackson, Tramia; Chaffee, Rachel – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
Out-of-school programs can offer personalized and meaningful learning experiences that deepen students' knowledge and cater to their passions and interests, but it has been a painful reality that many such programs have been available only to students and families with privilege and resources. Karen Hammerness, Anna MacPherson, Preeti Gupta,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, At Risk Students, Researchers, Mentors
Penuel, William R. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic led states and districts to take a break from grading students and pause standardized testing. As part of an ongoing series of articles on how schools might reconceptualize their work, William Penuel considers what kinds of assessment practices should be carried forward, as schools attempt to become more equitable. He…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Student Evaluation, Standardized Tests, Educational Assessment
Stark, Kristabel; Daulat, Neesha; King, Simon – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided educational stakeholders with an opportunity to reflect on our visions for healthy schools and how we can best organize schools to support these visions. Kristabel Stark, Neesha Daulat, and Simon King explain why teachers' emotional well-being matters for the health of school organizations and why the nature of…
Descriptors: Well Being, Psychological Patterns, Anxiety, Organizational Change
Pope, Denise; Miles, Sarah – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
When students have a strong sense of belonging in their school community, they are more likely to thrive academically. In a study of 55,000 secondary school students across the United States, Challenge Success found further evidence of the bilateral relationship between students' experiences of academic engagement and their sense of belonging,…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Student School Relationship, Student Experience, Inclusion
Mehta, Jal – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
If the future of preK-12 education is going to be better than the past, then we need to rethink our fundamental assumptions about what we want from our schools and what we expect those schools to look like. Educators should embrace three core commitments in particular: 1) to treat students as learners whose agency is respected, whose diversity is…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Preschool Education, Elementary Secondary Education
Teitelbaum, Kenneth – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
Recent discussions about critical race theory (CRT) have exposed, once again, the heated disagreements that prevail in the United States regarding the nature of its racial past and present. This debate is highly significant in itself, but the dispute is also noteworthy for revealing how quickly a contentious issue can become a lightning rod for…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Curriculum, Course Content
Kennedy, Kate; Walls, Jeff – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
Care and social-emotional supports are of concern for school district leaders who want to create a caring culture throughout their district. In their study of central office leaders, Kate Kennedy and Jeff Walls found that caring leadership is complex, that school district leaders practice care in collaboration with others, that partnerships with…
Descriptors: School Districts, Administrators, Caring, Leadership
De Vivo, Kristin – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
A new body of research shows that project-based learning (PBL) can be effective in improving students' academic performance and attempts to define some of the key practices that are essential to PBL. Kristin De Vivo summarizes key findings of four studies that covered multiple grade levels and subjects. The studies found that PBL is effective…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Active Learning, Instructional Effectiveness, Curriculum Design
Pruitt-Britton, Tiffini; Wilhelm, Anne Garrison; Wilson, Jonee – Phi Delta Kappan, 2022
Student interaction with teachers is crucial to developing caring relationships. Research suggests that when teachers work to build nurturing learning environments, there are substantial benefits for students, especially those from historically marginalized groups. Tiffini Pruitt-Britton, Anne Garrison Wilhelm, and Jonee Wilson share examples from…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Caring, Classroom Environment, Humor
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