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Gibbs, Brian – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
This article describes one secondary social studies teacher's attempts to build a pedagogically democratic classroom. The teacher designs curriculum around large essential questions, connects content to the present lives of students, and creates space for students to make their own decisions and choices. The teacher is convinced that she has…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Social Studies, Classroom Techniques
Pace, Judith L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In a divisive age, how do we support beginning teachers in taking up the challenge of teaching controversial topics and creating classroom environments that promote civil discourse? For insights, the author looked to the work of teacher educators in Northern Ireland, a region that is still affected by many generations of intense sectarian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques
Owens, David C.; Sadler, Troy D.; Zeidler, Dana L. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
As the partisan divide becomes more toxic to civil discourse, the role of science in that conversation also suffers from collateral damage, becoming suspect at best, and marginalized at worse, in terms of its contribution to resolving issues rooted in science having national and global significance. The authors suggest ameliorating that damage by…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Guidelines
Sussman, Daniel – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Educators must prepare students to live with the perpetual discomfort of difference. That includes teaching them how to respectfully listen to others' views, especially when those views are in opposition to their own. Borrowing from protocols used in a professional Critical Friends Group, a teacher at a private Quaker school designed a discussion…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Listening Skills, Dialogs (Language), Discussion (Teaching Technique)
Elgart, Mark A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Continuous improvement is "an embedded behavior within the culture of a school that constantly focuses on the conditions, processes, and practices that will improve teaching and learning." The phrase has been part of the lexicon of school improvement for decades, but real progress is rare. Based on its observations of about 5,000…
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Accountability, Leaders, Instructional Effectiveness
Hall, John J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
School districts experience considerable pressure to continuously improve, and the pursuit of improvement typically leads to the adoption of new -- and purportedly more effective -- initiatives. Often districts engage consultants to help navigate the selection and implementation of an initiative, and while these partnerships can prove fruitful,…
Descriptors: Consultants, School Districts, Counseling Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education
Zimmerman, Jonathan; Robertson, Emily – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Avoiding the discussion of controversial topics in U.S. classrooms deprives students of an important part of their learning. Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson, authors of "The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools" (University of Chicago Press, 2017) say Americans are terrible at having informed,…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, Educational Policy
Richardson, Joan – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
In a time of hyperpolarization and hyper partisanship, preparing students to deliberate about their differences becomes even more important. In this interview, Diana Hess, dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-author of The Political Classroom, describes the challenge of ensuring that students have access to…
Descriptors: Interviews, Teaching Methods, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Administrator Attitudes
Cleary, Michelle Navarre – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Students may be tempted to plagiarism for many reasons. The author lists 10 possible reasons and suggests strategies that teachers can use to prevent students from plagiarizing.
Descriptors: Plagiarism, College Students, College Faculty, Writing (Composition)
Kolluri, Suneal – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Recent scholarship on civic education has introduced some useful ways to engage students in learning about controversial topics, debating them, and participating in democratic life. However, while those are valuable tools for active citizenship, they're not sufficient. Democratic education should focus on issues that matter intensely to students'…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teaching Methods, Justice, Citizenship
Reznitskaya, Alina; Wilkinson, Ian A. G. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Learning how to formulate, comprehend, and evaluate arguments is an essential part of helping students develop the ability to make better, more reasonable judgments. The Common Core identified argumentation as a fundamental life skill that is broadly important for the literate person. According to the authors, having students engage in an inquiry…
Descriptors: Ethics, Common Core State Standards, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Students
Durham, Rachel E.; Shiller, Jessica; Connolly, Faith – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
As community schools spread across the country, community school staff need effective approaches to engaging families and community-based partners. Such principles must be broadly applicable, given community schools' mandate to adapt to different local contexts. Based on recent research on Baltimore City's community schools, the authors highlight…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Partnerships in Education, School Effectiveness, Best Practices
Walter, Frank – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District experienced a significant improvement in its graduation rates for students from low-income families--from just 52% in 2009 to 85.2% in 2016--which has been credited to the district's shift to community schools.
Descriptors: Integrated Services, School Support, Graduation Rate, Low Income Students
Purinton, Ted; Azcoitia, Carlos; Carlson, Karen – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
To build and maintain a genuine partnership between the school and those it serves requires sophisticated leadership. Leaders can develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create effective community schools, and they should do so purposefully, choosing to learn, model, and practice successful strategies in all aspects of their work. Such…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Leadership Effectiveness, Partnerships in Education, Leadership Qualities
Haywoode, Alyssa – Phi Delta Kappan, 2018
Community schools have a long history of helping students succeed in school by addressing the problems they face outside of school. But without specific data on students and the full range of their needs, community schools cannot be as effective as they would like to be. Driven by the desire to make more data-informed decisions, the Children's Aid…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Data, Decision Making, Partnerships in Education
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