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How should principal handle teacher’s vague sexual harassment report? 

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Q: I’m a principal, and one of my teachers recently confided in me that she’s been sexually harassed by a male colleague. She said that he’s been asking her to perform sexual acts and making sexual comments. As she spoke, I had this gut sense that she’d been sexually assaulted and asked her if he’d made [...]

Top 10 online Kappan stories of 2017

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As we bid adieu to 2017, let's take a look back at the most popular Kappan stories of the year. 2018 promises to be an exciting year for kappanonline.org. We have a new website planned. Podcasts, videos, and more interaction with readers are goals. We welcome your feedback on what we're doing well and what we could [...]

The complicated pursuit of democratic teaching 

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Learning about democracy and living democratically present challenges in a high school social studies classroom.  By Brian Gibbs  What constitutes democratic social studies education? Broadly speaking, it is said to include deliberative instructional practice that focuses on controversial issues, explores political themes, and aims to close gaps in students’ civic literacy (e.g., Parker, 2003; Levinson, [...]

I want to advance, but my principal plays favorites

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Q: I work in a highly regarded school that’s full of ambitious people, including myself. I’d like to be an administrator. Even our principal wants to be promoted to director and oversee other principals. He makes self-serving decisions about which teachers to support. He caters to staff members he thinks might have useful connections in [...]

Can schools meet the promise of continuous improvement? 

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New research offers insights on how leaders can actually make continuous improvement work.  By Mark A. Elgart  “Continuous improvement” has been part of the lexicon of school improvement for decades. Today, it is at least nominally at the heart of efforts to improve instruction both big and small: state accountability systems, district and school improvement plans, protocols [...]

From partisanship to pluralism: Teaching students how to listen to each other 

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    A teacher-designed discussion protocol helps high school students have productive conversations about their political beliefs.  By Daniel Sussman  Jack is making noises again. It’s Meeting for Worship, a weekly gathering time at most Quaker schools, set aside for silent reflection, sharing of thoughts, community building, spiritual exploration, and the furtherance of Quaker values like [...]

How schools heal after a tragedy

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Every tragedy is different but preparation, strong school/community ties, and disciplined follow-up can help every situation. By Cathy Kennedy-Paine, Melissa A. Reeves, and Stephen E. Brock • A tornado rips through a community, destroying one school and severely damaging another. • Three students are killed in an automobile accident on the way home from prom. [...]

Do it now: Short-term responses to traumatic events

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When tragedy strikes, school personnel should perform a range of tasks and roles to minimize harm to children and lay the groundwork for their recovery. By Thomas Demaria and David J. Schonfeld Despite our best prevention efforts, we can’t always protect students from the many stressful and often traumatic experiences they may encounter. In the [...]

Responding to the unthinkable: School crisis response and recovery

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Prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery provide a road map when considering — as we all must — the unthinkable on our doorstep. By Katherine C. Cowan and Eric Rossen It’s not if but when. A string of high-profile traumatic events spanning nearly 20 years has proven unequivocally that school crisis response is not a choice; [...]

When a parent complains to a teacher about another teacher 

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Q: I’m a homeroom teacher in an elementary school. It seems like whenever I leave the school building, a parent is lying in wait, wanting to talk to me about a school issue. They don’t pick up on any hints that it’s neither the time nor the place. I can be literally sitting in my driver’s seat, [...]

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