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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


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


  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 [...]

Kappan’s new editorial team


Rafael Heller (left) and Teresa Preston take on new roles at Kappan magazine. A new team of editors will take the helm at Kappan, effective with the March issue of the magazine. Rafael Heller, who has been managing editor/content, becomes Kappan’s newest editor-in-chief, and Teresa Preston replaces him as managing editor. Carol Bucheri remains at [...]

New tax plan provides little cheer for education

col - Ferguson|

      If how you spend your money signals your values, then the Republican-led Congress is sending a clear message about education.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the battle over tax reform provided unprecedented political theater in Washington. There were so many drama-filled, gasp-worthy battles over the House and Senate bills that [...]

Teacher can’t move beyond her mistake

Career, Career Confidential|

Q: I’m a high school math teacher. Five months ago, I made a stupid mistake. I accidentally sent personal information about one of the students in my class to a different student’s parents. I not only shared that this kid was failing, I expressed concern about his mental health. I know. The second parent knew the [...]

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