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 [...]

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 [...]

The role of mentors in reducing chronic absenteeism


Dedicated adults from the community can help ensure students get to school each day. By Susan G. Weinberger and Janet B. Forbush In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education characterized chronic student absenteeism as a hidden educational crisis. So what constitutes chronic absenteeism? Most states define it as missing 10% or more of the school [...]

Building trust, elevating voices, and sharing power in family partnership


A Colorado school district took a team approach to partnering with immigrant families in their children’s education. By Kristen Davidson and Madeleine Case Recognizing that school-family partnerships can have a powerful effect on student outcomes, many K-12 educators are moving their work with families from the periphery to the center of their school improvement efforts. [...]

The data on children’s media use: An interview with Michael Robb


The director of research for Common Sense Media shares recent findings on kids' online lives and digital media habits. By Rafael Heller KAPPAN: What should Kappan’s readers know about Common Sense Media, where you serve as director of research? MICHAEL ROBB: Common Sense is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in the digital [...]

When trauma hinders learning


What’s a teacher to do when difficult experiences in early childhood prevent children from entering kindergarten with the executive functions they need? By Donald A. Barr In the fall of 2015, a front-page story in the New York Times reported on the challenge a kindergarten teacher in Brooklyn faced in dealing with a difficult new [...]

Affinity spaces: How young people live and learn online and out of school

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The online world has given new life to older traditions of interest-driven, out-of-school learning. By James Paul Gee The internet can be a minefield of misinformation, misbehavior, divisiveness, and risk, but it is also the scene of an extraordinary revolution in out-of-school teaching and learning. Increasingly, young people’s most powerful learning opportunities can be found [...]

School-based coordinators link students to community resources


Support coordinators familiarize themselves with the unique needs of each student and their families and reach out to ensure they have access to the necessary services through their schools. By Frank Walter Inside the imposing concrete walls of the A. Philip Randolph Career Academies in Jacksonville, Fla., Ingrid Thomas learns firsthand of the career aspirations [...]

A powerful convergence: Community schools and early childhood education 


The most successful elementary schools partner with community organizations to support young children and their families beginning in early childhood. By David Jacobson In many cities and towns across the United States, elementary schools are forging deeper partnerships with families and community organizations well before children arrive at kindergarten. The aim of this work is [...]

Controversial issues in the science classroom


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 [...]

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