Phi Delta Kappan

Founded in 1915, the Phi Delta Kappan is a professional policy journal for K-12 educators and is owned and published by Phi Delta Kappa International. Also referred to as the Kappan, the journal runs concurrently with the U.S. school year, with issues being released September to May and a combined December/January issue. The Kappan's editorial headquarters are located in Bloomington, Ind.The Kappan has a circulation of 33,000 subscribers and publishes articles directed to an audience of K-12 teachers, principals, superintendents, school district administrators and professors. Founded in 1906 to serve all members of the educational community, the journal's owner, Phi Delta Kappa International, maintains a large network of campus-based chapters with members in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Articles within the journal primarily address issues related to educational research, service and leadership. Examples of specialized topics within these articles include information on inclusion, class size, testing, tenure, professional certification and alternative school systems. In addition to featured articles, each year the journal publishes results of the Phi Delta Kappa International "Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitude Toward the Public Schools."In June of 2010,the APEX 2010 Awards honored Phi Delta Kappan's Editor-in-Chief, Joan Richardson, and Design Director, Carol Bucheri, for Publication Excellence. Richardson received a Grand Award for her Kappan column, "The Editor's Note," and Bucheri received an APEX Award of Excellence in the Best Redesigns category–an award category that includes highly competitive submissions from a wide range of professional journals, newspapers, newsletters, annual reports, brochures and websites. The Editor-in-Chief of the Phi Delta Kappan is Joan Richardson. David M. Ruetschlin is Managing Editor and Carol Bucheri is Design Director.

Articles from Vol. 83, No. 8, April

Courtside - Irresponsible Conduct?
IN MAY 1996, when Sadonya C. was completing grade 6 in a small town in western Nebraska, a multidisciplinary team determined that she was eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) classification of "other health...
Dear Verity, Now I'm Getting into Shape!
April 1, 2002 Ms. Verity Keane Local University USA Hi Verity, Sorry I haven't been in touch for a while, but school is very hectic. In addition to my class in elementary mathematics methods, I am taking a course on teaching elementary...
High-Stakes Testing - the Death of Science? What We Risk in Our Rush toward Standardized Testing and the Three R's
The authors raise an important question: Will standardized testing -- or, more accurately, the politicization of the "standards" movement -- snuff out the promise of inquiry-based methods for American science education? FROM THE post-Sputnik panic...
High-Stakes Testing - the Human Face of the High-Stakes Testing Story
Schools like the Boston Arts Academy are desperately trying to keep the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System from destroying their very fabric, Ms. Nathan says. She intends to make it through the MCAS mania by continuing to fight for a rich...
Place-Based Education: Learning to Be Where We Are
One of the primary strengths of place-based education is that it can adapt to the unique characteristics of particular places, and in this way it can help overcome the disjuncture between school and children's lives that is found in too many classrooms,...
Research - Tips for Readers of Research: Beware the 'Classic Study'
EVERY SO often, someone proposes that research-oriented graduate students earn their master's degrees by trying to replicate a "classic" study. Replication is de rigueur in the natural sciences. A fact isn't a fact until a lot of people around the...
Standards-Based Reforms: Problems and Possibilities
Standards can support better learning if they are used to direct teaching toward worthy goals, to promote teaching that is responsive to the ways students learn, to examine students in ways that can be used to inform instruction, to keep students and...
Stateline - State Leadership: Is the New ESEA the Chicken or the Egg?
RECENTLY, the Education Commission of the States paired the major provisions of the newly reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with examples of existing state policies.1 Indeed, during the development of the rules that will guide...
Technology - Website Metrics
IF YOU build a website, they will come. Maybe so, but how will you know? What can you do to increase the chances that people will visit your site? Does anybody out there even know your website exists? Have the major search engines found your site?...
The Editor's Page - Interest Matters
AS I READ Gregory Smith's manuscript on place-based education, my mind kept wafting backward to spring of 1972. That was when the first team of teachers with whom I taught disbanded, because sixth grade was moving from the elementary to the middle...
The Future of Computer Technology in K-12 Education
American business was not able to take advantage of the power of computer technology until many of its basic practices changed, Mr. Bennett points out, and this is equally true in education. Until schools can permit a major alteration in the way teaching...
The Kind of Schools We Need
Our schools, as they are now designed, often tacitly encourage the re- creation of a yellow-school-bus model of education. Yet we know there is a better way, Mr. Eisner says. That better way ought to be a part of the agenda the community discusses...
Thoughts on Teaching - on the Importance of Never Making It to Mars
WHEN I was a child, my brother and I spent several weeks each summer visiting our cousin Mickey in Eastern Kentucky. He lived in Baptist Bottom, one of the narrow ribbons of flat land that separate the tightly clustered mountains in that area. One...
Washington Commentary - Don't Eat the Seed Corn
MY FARMING skills extend only as far as the backyard vegetable garden, but I know what it means to eat the seed corn. For whatever reasons people -- or societies -- are driven to such an extreme, they will be consuming their own future. Unfortunately,...
When Improvement Programs Collide
Efforts to implement and integrate various improvement efforts face a paradox, Mr. Hatch argues. Although many improvement initiatives can provide some of the inspiration, resources, and expertise that can help build schools' capacity to change, implementing...