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Adriana L. Medina; Rachelle Kuehl; Edwina Pendarvis – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
Teaching literacy skills through high-quality trade books that provide diverse cultural perspectives is increasingly difficult due to challenges to teachers' book selections. To meet their professional responsibilities, teachers must select literature they judge effective for developing students' awareness and understanding of others'…
Descriptors: Books, Censorship, Literacy, Culturally Relevant Education
Richard L. Allington – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
Richard Allington reviews the nature of the reading achievement gap between students from low-income and high-income families, concluding that the limited access to children's books experienced by children from low-income families lies at the base of the problem. The fact that children from low-income families lose reading achievement every summer…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Achievement Gap, Childrens Literature, Books
Adai A. Tefera; Genevieve Siegel-Hawley; Ashlee Sjogren; David Naff – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
Schools across the country are grappling with vocal resistance to educational equity efforts, while disparities, including racial disproportionality in school discipline, persist. In this research-practice-partnership project, Adai A. Tefera, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Ashlee Sjogren, and David Naff learned of the ways educators and leaders across…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Discipline, Intervention, Racism
Arielle Lentz; Laura Desimone; Amy Stornaiuolo; Katie Pak; Nelson Flores; Philip Nichols; Morgan Polikoff; Andy Porter – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
Many education leaders may wonder how to implement sustainable policy changes that will benefit youth, families, and the community. Arielle Lentz, Laura Desimone, Amy Stornaiuolo, Katie Pak, Nelson Flores, Philip Nichols, Morgan Polikoff, and Andy Porter share findings from school change efforts in more than 170 districts in five states. They…
Descriptors: Leadership, Educational Change, School Districts, Educational Strategies
Sharon Greenberg; Anthony S. Bryk – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
Districts are struggling to accelerate students' learning, support their health and wellness, and close the achievement gap. Labeled "worst" in 1987, by 2017 Chicago Public Schools was among the nation's most improved school systems. Chicago's story embeds many lessons about system change. Sharon Greenberg and Anthony S. Bryk illustrate…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Systems Approach, Capacity Building
Lisa Dover Kingsley; Jennifer Perry Cheatham – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
Not enough attention is paid to the instructional design decisions that define students' experiences. Lisa Dover Kingsley and Jennifer Perry Cheatham contend that while quality teaching is crucial, the structural decisions supporting meaningful engagement often go unexamined. Using innovations in North Kansas City, Missouri, as a throughline, they…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Equal Education, Inclusion, Instructional Effectiveness
Linda F. Nathan; Lydia Cochrane; Ayesha Hoda – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
School leaders Lydia Cochrane and Ayesha Hoda have struggled to meet the increasingly complex needs of the students in their schools. As students' needs increase, schools are asked to do more and more, while continuing to have strong academic results. Cochrane and Hoda believe the current system is untenable and needs to change. With Linda Nathan,…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Models
David Stroupe; Lindsay Berk; Anna Kramer – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
As people with power in schools, teachers and administrators make instructional decisions that shape opportunities in classrooms for students to learn. Educators' words and actions, especially related to the treatment of students and their ideas, are foundational for creating equitable learning communities in our classrooms and schools. David…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Classroom Environment, Social Justice, Teacher Student Relationship
Andrew J. Wayne; Jordan Rickles; Mengli Song; Seth Brown; Michael S. Garet – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
After years evaluating teacher professional learning programs, researchers Andrew J. Wayne, Jordan Rickles, Mengli Song, Seth Brown, and Michael S. Garet describe a study that changed their perspective. The study's takeaways about the design of teacher professional learning are important for everyone who seeks to create systems to support teaching…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Instructional Design, Evaluation, Outcomes of Education
Bo Yan; Thomas Aberli – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
The annual budgeting process is a valuable opportunity for districts to systematically examine both resource use and programming. They can then use the findings to optimize resource use and improve program efficacy in ways that will lead to increased student achievement. Bo Yan and Thomas Aberli discuss three root causes for districts' inability…
Descriptors: Budgeting, School Districts, Resource Allocation, Expenditures
Jonathan E. Collins – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
Voter turnout for school board elections is historically low, with tiny percentages deciding who governs schools. Columnist Jonathan E. Collins proposes a new federal holiday, School Board Election Day, to increase voter turnout and public involvement and interest in public schools. School board elections would be held on the same day nationally,…
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Voting
Robert Kim – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
In June 2023, the Supreme Court held that the admissions systems at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Harvard University were racially discriminatory, effectively ending affirmative action. Are race-neutral admissions policies at selective K-12 schools next? Bob Kim considers two circuit court cases -- "Coalition for TJ v. Fairfax…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Race, Diversity, Court Litigation
Kathleen Vail – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
Rick Ginsberg and Yong Zhao want educators to question the status quo and clear out ineffective practices to make room for K-12 reforms that work. Their 2023 book, Duck and Cover: Confronting Dubious Practices in Education, Ginsberg and Zhao examine kindergarten readiness, college- and career-readiness, reading proficiency by 3rd grade, social and…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Instructional Effectiveness, Educational Practices, Educational Policy
Frederick M. Hess; Michael Q. McShane – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
While there are plenty of people who decry the parents' right push, viewing it as manufactured and mean-spirited, Frederick M. Hess and Michael Q. McShane think it has been a healthy and overdue development. Yet while parents have rights, they also have a responsibility to send students to school ready to learn. Schools are ultimately reliant on…
Descriptors: Parent Role, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, School Role
Darrius A. Stanley; Dan Brogan; Emily Colton – Phi Delta Kappan, 2024
Historical and contemporary factors have disenfranchised and destabilized certain school communities (specifically communities of color). Education leaders can be more inclusive and address the persistent impacts of these broader trends by embracing a community-focused approach to leadership. Darrius A. Stanley, Dan Brogan, and Emily Colton borrow…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Community Involvement, Leadership Styles, Administrators
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