PHI DELTA KAPPAN • February 2017 • Volume 98 Number 5

BLACK STUDENT LEARNING MATTERS

8          The burden of inequity — and what schools can do about it — Vernita Mayfield

12        Wanted: Soft skills for today’s jobs — Barton J. Hirsch

18        Critical consciousness: A key to student achievement — Aaliyah El-Amin, Scott Seider, Daren Graves, Jalene Tamerat, Shelby Clark, Madora Soutter, Jamie Johannsen, and Saira Malhotra

24        Looking race in the face — Derek Mitchell, Jesse Hinueber, and Brian Edwards

30        Confronting colorblindness — Edward Fergus

36        Through our eyes: Perspectives from black teachers — Ashley Griffin and Hilary Tackie

41        Charter schools don’t serve black children well: An interview with Julian Vasquez Heilig — Joan Richardson

45        Learning from our elders — Renee Moore

48        Getting students to believe in themselves  — Jon Saphier

MORE FEATURES

55        Why make it hard for teachers to cross state borders? — Dan Goldhaber, Cyrus Grout, and Kristian L. Holden

61        The revitalized tutoring center — Jeremy Koselak

67        PLCs on steroids: Moving teacher practice to the center of data teams — Michael J. Wasta

DEPARTMENTS

4          THE EDITOR’S NOTE: White like me — Joan Richardson

6          HIGHLIGHTED & UNDERLINED: A notebook of short but worthy items

72        LEADERSHIP: Spending dollars to make a difference — Joshua P. Starr

74        WASHINGTON VIEW: Choice for Secretary of Education — Maria Ferguson

76        UNDER THE LAW: Speak freely to the school board — Julie Underwood

79        PDK CONNECTION: Organizational news about PDK International

80        BACKTALK: Learning from the other achievement gap — Todd L. Pittinsky