Kappan‘s editors and authors keep in touch with readers by updating their work and their thinking about K-12 education. Push them by joining the conversation in this space.

Failure must be an option for success

Learning on the EDge|

Starting down the road to project-based learning with a teaching staff that had been trained and experienced in an instructional program with a bias toward direct teacher-led instruction can be a bumpy journey. Project-based learning requires not only a new paradigm but also that the teacher develop such habits as a focus on the student role in learning and fostering creative problem solving.

Hope and grit after Obama

Learning on the EDge|

As education shifts its focus toward grit and as candidates lay out their wishful campaign platforms, how do we enable students to sustain their hope for the future as a new president takes over?

A tribute to David Tyack

Learning on the EDge|

David Tyack died quietly this morning, Oct. 27, 2016, surrounded by the universal love and admiration of his students.

The unintended consequences of edTPA

Learning on the EDge|

The edTPA has proven detrimental to students’ growth and professional development

Educators Rising Standards

Learning on the EDge|

The journey to accomplished teaching is a marathon. What should the first steps look like? Educators Rising Standards are the teaching profession’s answer to this vital question. Created with support from the National Education Association (NEA), who provided a generous grant award for their development, the standards will form the backbone for secondary-based “grow your own” efforts [...]

Researchers and school districts can partner to benefit education practice

Learning on the EDge|

By Anna-Ruth Allen and Caitlin Farrell In their February 2015 Phi Delta Kappan article, Marco A. Muñoz and Robert J. Rodosky from Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky offer a valuable school district perspective on how arrangements between research partners and districts can be more or less productive, and how the benefits from these partnerships [...]

The fine (and important) points of guided play

Learning on the EDge|

By Deena Skolnick Weisberg, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff In a November 2015 article in Phi Delta Kappan. Fuson et al. propose a variety of strategies for involving young students in math education, merging our best current understanding of what children need to succeed in school with our knowledge of how children learn best — [...]

Listening to teachers

Learning on the EDge|

A survey of American teachers reveals how politics and the challenges of implementing reforms in a large, locally controlled system can create chaos for teachers and students.

The autopsy of school reform

Learning on the EDge|

By Joseph Murphy A few months ago, the School Reform Forensic Detective Agency unearthed and completed autopsies on the bodies of the last three generations of the School Reform Family. Using "data driven" protocols, they uncovered that all the family members died from one of three causes. First, almost no one really wanted the reforms to [...]

Differentiated instruction in a gluten-free world

Learning on the EDge|

By Joanne Kelleher Differentiated instruction can be a tough sell in educational circles. Some of the resistance can be attributed to misconceptions about what it is and how to do it. Mike Schmoker’s criticism of differentiated instruction (http://mikeschmoker.com/pedagogic-fads.html) gave a voice and a rationale to those who found it too difficult or confusing to implement. [...]

Load More Posts