October 2016 – Table of Contents

PHI DELTA KAPPAN • October 2016 • Volume 98 Number 2


8          Missing school matters – Robert Balfanz

14        INFOGRAPHIC: What we know about absenteeism

16        Tackling absenteeism in Chicago – Elaine Allensworth and Shayne Evans

22        Chronic early absence: What states can do – Hedy N. Chang, Charlene M. Russell-Tucker, and Kari Sullivan

28        Battling chronic absenteeism – Kim Nauer


35        Value-added models: What the experts say – Audrey Amrein-Beardsley, Margarita Pivovarova, and Tray J. Geiger

41        Engage me and I learn – Eleanor K. Smith and Margaret Pastor

44        Being #2 – Maury Grebenau

47        Are you a reader? 5th graders respond – Diane Barone and Rebecca Barone

52        Revising the role of principal supervisor – Amy Saltzman

58        Students improve even amid evaluation controversy – John Cronin, Nate Jensen, and Steve Wise

66        R&D: The multiple roles of mentors – Sabrina R. Sanchez, Rachel Roegman, and A. Lin Goodwin


4          THE EDITOR’S NOTE: A fresh start – Joan Richardson

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

72        LEADERSHIP: Lead with transparency and integrity – Joshua P. Starr

74        WASHINGTON VIEW: The children are watching – Maria Ferguson

76        UNDER THE LAW: The transgender question: What are schools to do? – Julie Underwood

79        PDK CONNECTION: Organizational news about PDK International

80        BACKTALK: Why overlook microaffirmations? – Todd L. Pittinsky