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Inouye, Martha; Houseal, Ana – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Anyone who has spent decades in public education is aware of the pendulum swing of ideas, strategies, and policies that can cause drastic changes. Since the 1980s, inclusion of critical thinking development in classrooms has sharply declined, given accountability mandates and legislation such as No Child Left Behind. A potential reawakening to…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Standards
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Carlough, Stacey – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
Teacher development does not stop when a degree is earned--at that point, it has barely taken flight. Real teacher growth happens when meaningful time and safe and authentic space are given to discussing and refining practice under the guidance of a pedagogically and contextually experienced mentor. Here, one teacher leader recounts her purposeful…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Leadership, Charter Schools, Urban Schools
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Melville, Kathleen – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
This article recounts my experience of developing as a teacher leader in Philadelphia. When I worked at a traditional high school, a hierarchical leadership structure frustrated my attempts to foster teacher leadership among colleagues. By building networks of teachers outside my own school, I found the relationships and opportunities that helped…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teachers, Educational Change, Secondary School Teachers
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Parsons, Rachel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
Many people have ideas about what it means to teach in inner-city schools, but they are often off the mark. This essay explores the challenges, beauties, and complexities of working in an alternative/transfer school in New York City, with a population that is at very high risk for dropping out. Through individual portraits of students, the author…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Nontraditional Education, At Risk Students