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Controversial issues in the science classroom

Education|

Teaching students how to consider some of the most difficult science issues of our time will better prepare them to be scientifically literate citizens. By David C. Owens, Troy D. Sadler, and Dana L. Zeidler As the nation’s political divide widens and becomes more toxic to civil discourse, the role of science in public debates [...]

What should teacher do if coworker lied on resume? 

Career, Career Confidential|

Q: I’m in a weird position. I work at a high school, and I have a pretty good relationship with another teacher in my science department. He’s a respected teacher. The kids like him, and they perform well on the AP bio exam after taking his course. He’s been at the school for four years, and [...]

Never too early to learn: Antibias education for young children

Education|

Important lessons about race, diversity, and equity can and should be taught to children in early childhood and preschool settings. By Jennifer Hooven, Katherine Runkle, Laurie Strouse, Misty Woods, and Erica Frankenberg In July 2016, Pennsylvania State University took over direct supervision of the Child Care Center at Hort Woods, an on-campus preschool and early [...]

It takes a community: Community schools provide opportunities for all

Education, lead|

Everyone benefits when a school assumes responsibility for coordinating services that address the many nonacademic needs of students and their families. By Reuben Jacobson, Lisa Villarreal, José Muñoz, and Robert Mahaffey At one school, a teacher shows up every day with a solid lesson plan and a great attitude. She has most of her students [...]

Let’s be honest about local school governance

col - Starr|

Changing how we select school board members and approve district budgets could address long-standing challenges of local school governance. Whenever and wherever school superintendents congregate — whether it’s the national superintendents’ conference, state or regional meetings, or informal dinners — they spend much of their time sharing notes about the care and feeding of their [...]

Education as an American right?

col - Underwood|

    Federal law in the U.S. has never recognized a right to public education. But Congress or the Supreme Court might be sympathetic to an argument for educational rights based on the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of the rights of citizenship. The right to an education is guaranteed by international law in the Universal Declaration [...]

Looking to near peers to guide student discussions about race

Education, home blogs|

To engage high school students in learning about racial identity and difference, ask college students to lead the discussion. By Donna Rich Kaplowitz, Jasmine A. Lee, and Sheri L. Seyka A black student tweets at a white teammate that it is not OK for him to use the “N” word, and the white teammate tweets [...]

The power of hmm . . . : Bringing life (back) to words in the classroom

Education, home blogs|

  Many students need to be shown explicitly how to engage productively in academic discussions. But teachers should be careful not to stifle the genuine exchange of ideas. By Jeremy Glazer Classrooms can be places where students learn to talk with and listen to others, skills that have become increasingly important at a time when [...]

Less arguing, more listening: Improving civility in classrooms

Education, home blogs|

A study of classroom deliberations in four high schools shows what can go wrong when teachers neglect to prepare students to argue in a civil manner — and it suggests ways to do better.  By Margaret Crocco, Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Avner Segall Democracy requires civil discourse in which individuals listen to others, even [...]

Moving on

col - Richardson|

  About 4,000 unsolicited manuscripts have landed on my desk since becoming editor of Kappan in July 2008 — and I’ve read every one of them. I’ve also selected and edited about 1,700 articles written by roughly 2,500 authors. I’ve written 78 Editor’s Notes and 16 other bylined articles in Kappan. And — here’s a [...]

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