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Teacher leadership to support English language learners

Education, home blogs|

To improve instruction and services for all English language learners, teachers are stepping into leadership roles. By Felice Atesoglu Russell and Kerry Soo Von Esch At a time when school districts across the country are experiencing fast-growing enrollments of English language learners (ELLs), many K-12 educators are asking what they can do to meet those [...]

Do students’ high scores on international assessments translate to low levels of creativity?


By Stefan Johansson In a previous issue of Phi Delta Kappan, Yong Zhao (2012) urged readers to stop worrying so much about the relatively poor performance of American students on measures such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which compares the mathematics, science, and reading achievement of 15-year-olds from dozens of countries (OECD, [...]

The state of teacher tenure

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As states change their teacher tenure rules, they must take care not to revoke rights they have previously granted. Originally enacted to protect against potential evils in state and local employment systems, such as nepotism, arbitrary dismissal, and political favoritism, tenure has become a common expectation of teacher employment. State teacher tenure laws are not [...]

Let’s be precise about personalization

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It’s a mistake to describe personalized learning as though it were a whole new educational model. To make schools more responsive to students’ needs, focus on the specifics. As a district cabinet member and superintendent, I spent countless hours in planning sessions, retreats, and other meetings where system leaders are supposed to come up with [...]

Who matters?

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For years, critics of test-based school accountability have pointed out that when schools face pressure to raise students’ scores in math and reading, they tend to respond by doubling down on those two subject areas and cutting back on the teaching of history, art, music, civics, and more. In short, when the spotlight focuses on [...]

The plight of Puerto Rico

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    What does the future hold for Puerto Rico’s public schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria? When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico last fall, it became the worst of many natural disasters to hit the U.S. in 2017. Puerto Rico’s situation was out of the ordinary, but in an age of dramatic [...]

Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us


When schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement gets a boost. By Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between high-quality library programs and student [...]

Teacher thinks principal selection process is a sham   

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Q:   I'm stuck on the baffling process/non-process of new principal selection at our school. The central office of our large county touts collaborative parent and staff involvement to find the very best candidate possible, but the reality is far from that. Only current county principals and people who have completed a "principal internship" may apply [...]

Teacher seeks help in dealing with ‘mean girl’ administrator

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Q:  I teach in a large public middle school. There's a new administrator in our building — though not my direct supervisor — who's the definition of a "mean girl." She has a select clique of teachers with whom she socializes outside of school, employs to give private sports coaching to her children, etc. She makes it very clear which staff members [...]

Why we need a new approach to teaching digital literacy 


To assess the credibility of the information they find online, students shouldn’t start with a close reading of the given website. Rather, they should turn to the power of the web to determine its trustworthiness.   By Joel Breakstone, Sarah McGrew, Mark Smith, Teresa Ortega, and Sam Wineburg  After the 2016 election, the nation’s most prominent news [...]

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