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Hess, Frederick M.; McShane, Michael Q. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Drawing upon their new edited volume of essays looking back on the school reforms of the Bush and Obama years, the authors explain just how few of those reforms went according to plan. Some of the unexpected outcomes were positive, they note, pointing to the improvement of school data systems and the bipartisan compromise that put an end to No…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Politics of Education, Public Opinion, Common Core State Standards
Agarwal, Pooja K.; Roediger, Henry L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
The learning sciences span multiple fields, including psychology, computer science, and neuroscience. In particular, cognitive psychology focuses on complex operations that occur inside the brain. Attention to these hidden processes can reveal ways to promote lasting learning. Pooja Agarwal and Henry Roediger draw on research in both the…
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Learning, Recall (Psychology), Feedback (Response)
Wolf, Maryanne – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Because reading is not a natural process like language, young learners must be taught to read. Knowledge about how the reading brain develops has critical implications for understanding which teaching methods to use and helps reconceptualize previous debates. In this excerpt from "Reader Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World",…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Brain, Teaching Methods, Decoding (Reading)
Mahoney, Joseph L.; Durlak, Joseph A.; Weissberg, Roger P. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Joseph Mahoney, Joseph Durlak, and Roger Weissberg compare results from four large-scale meta-analyses of student outcomes related to participation in universal, school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. Their examination includes 356 research reports with rigorous designs and outcome data at post or follow-up from hundreds of…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness
Heller, Rafael – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Kappan's editor talks with Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, a leader in the international movement to translate findings from neuroscience into usable knowledge for educators. Topics include neuromyths (common, but erroneous, beliefs about how the brain works), the current scientific consensus about how people learn, and the contributions that the…
Descriptors: Brain, Neurosciences, Misconceptions, Learning Processes
Pylman, Stacey – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
A great deal of teacher planning involves an invisible process of envisioning how plans might unfold in the classroom. Novice teachers can benefit from seeing how experienced teachers work through this process, but, too often, co-planning sessions between mentors and novices focus on selecting activities to fill out a lesson, rather than delving…
Descriptors: Lesson Plans, Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers, Mentors
Mokher, Christine G.; Rosenbaum, James E.; Gable, Alexis; Ahearn, Caitlin; Jacobson, Louis – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
Florida's College and Career Readiness Initiative (FCCRI) required schools to administer a community college placement test to 11th-grade students and enroll students who did not pass in a college readiness course. Christine Mokher, James Rosenbaum, Alexis Gable, Caitlin Ahearn, and Louis Jacobson surveyed teachers of the course and found that,…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Readiness, High School Students, Grade 11
Gonzalez, Naihobe – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
More than ever, educators are expected to implement evidence-based interventions to improve student outcomes. This is often easier said than done, as illustrated by a recent study by Mathematica Policy Research in Oakland, California. To help secondary students who were several years behind in reading, the district piloted an intensive program for…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Literacy Education, Secondary School Students, Intervention
Ahn, Ruth; Shimojima, Yasuko; Mori, Hisayoshi; Asanuma, Shigeru – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
The high performance of Japanese students, as demonstrated on international tests, is well-known, but the professional learning of Japanese teachers has received less attention. Ruth Ahn, Yasuko Shimojima, Hisayoshi Mori, and Shigeru Asanuma describe the professional development requirements for teachers across their careers. Novice teachers are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Innovation, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration
Brighouse, Harry; Ladd, Helen; Loeb, Susanna; Swift, Adam – Phi Delta Kappan, 2019
In this article, based on their book Educational Goods: Values, Evidence and Decision Making, Harry Brighouse, Helen Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift encourage education decision makers to give careful thought to the values that underlie the data they collect and use to inform policy. Rather than basing decisions entirely on what improves…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Evidence Based Practice, Decision Making
Marshall, Kim – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
High-stakes testing gets a lot of criticism, for good reason. But, when done right, assessment can be a valuable tool for educators and students. Kim Marshall describes how different types of assessments can improve learning by revealing learning problems in real time, improving student retention through the "retrieval effect," and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, High Stakes Tests, Educational Benefits, Learning Problems
Wardrip, Peter; Evancho, Jeffrey; McNamara, Annie – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
A question like "what do you want your children to be like when they leave your class?" seems simple on the surface, but it quickly becomes complex when teachers are asked to name, prioritize, and document the kinds of student learning and engagement they value most. This article shares the ongoing work of a regional learning community…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Educational Objectives, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development
Weisling, Nina F.; Gardiner, Wendy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Research has established that teacher-mentoring programs can have a beneficial effect on new-teacher performance and retention. However, too often, mentoring programs don't live up to their potential. This article presents four research-based strategies that improve mentoring programs' prospects for success. By setting clear expectations, getting…
Descriptors: Mentors, Evidence Based Practice, Program Improvement, Interpersonal Relationship
Breakstone, Joel; McGrew, Sarah; Smith, Mark; Ortega, Teresa; Wineburg, Sam – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In recent years--and especially since the 2016 presidential election--numerous media organizations, newspapers, and policy advocates have made efforts to help Americans become more careful consumers of the information they see online. In K-12 and higher education, the main approach has been to provide students with checklists they can use to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Technological Literacy, Check Lists, Elementary Secondary Education
Kohnen, Angela M.; Saul, E. Wendy – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
As information is becoming easier to access and harder to evaluate, literacy teachers face new challenges in helping students become astute independent readers. Building on the ideas of Lewis Mumford, the authors argue for embracing the role of the generalist--or "expert information seeker" who is able to identify and evaluate different…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Reading Skills, Reading Instruction, Internet
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