Lessons from a disaster on the Great Plains


Floodwater from the Souris River surrounds the Ramstad Junior High School in Minot, N.D., on Monday, June 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast). Floodwaters swept away homes, schools, and other buildings in Minot, N.D., in 2011. The community rallied to continue providing an education for its children, teaching us all lessons in how it’s done. By [...]

Mixing guns and schools

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Schools are subject to an often-conflicting array of gun regulations from three levels of government. Educators and parents want schools to be safe places for children. And as the PDK national poll has shown, parents overwhelmingly believe that their children are safe at school. But tragedies do occur, such as the mass murders at Columbine [...]

Backtalk: Why overlook microaffirmations?

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Microaffirmations communicate to students that they’re welcome, visible, and capable of performing well. By Todd L. Pittinsky A bright light can help you see, but it can also blind you. When I walk around classrooms today, I am more aware than ever of microaggressions. Research and public debate are now shining a light on everyday [...]

The transgender question: What are schools to do? 

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As the debate goes on, schools must protect students and comply with the law.  Over the past six months, considerable media and legal attention have been focused on the rights of transgender students in public schools. Last month, a Kappan article, “Seven reasons for accommodating transgender students at school,” tackled the arguments against providing transgender students access [...]

Student online speech rights on and off campus

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  If off-campus online speech presents the likelihood of a disruption on campus, administrators can respond by disciplining the responsible students. Students do not “shed their rights to freedom of speech and expression at the schoolhouse gate.” — Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969) Nearly 50 years ago, Justice Abe Fortas penned those [...]

What a real high-performing school looks like


Just because a school is labeled “high-performing” doesn’t mean it’s teaching the full range of skills needed for successful adulthood. But there are islands of excellence where teachers are doing just that. By James Nehring, Megin Charner-Laird, and Stacy Szczesiul What skills do you need to be a successful adult? It turns out there are [...]

School-related activities influence student equity


      Some students spend 25 hours a week in school-related activities; others may spend three times that. And guess how that disparity influences outcomes. By James H. Lytle As someone who’s worked in a range of schools, from inner-city schools to private boarding schools, I’ve concluded that there’s a straightforward explanation for why [...]

Why I got rid of my desk


What happens when a teacher removes the time-honored symbol of power from his classroom? By Matthew R. Morris I feel bad when I take a day off. I imagine the substitute teacher looking around my classroom, trying to locate that spot where they can clearly define their territory and mark their space as the commander-in-chief [...]

Teacher self-captured video: Learning to see


The power of video comes from unpacking the twists and turns that are so common in teaching and learning. By Miriam Gamoran Sherin and Elizabeth B. Dyer Recording moments of our lives on video is commonplace today. And we’re no longer just recording weddings and bar mitzvahs. We’re recording all kinds of moments, big and [...]

Got it wrong? Think again. And again.


By Donna L. Miller

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