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. 78, No. 6, February

Constructivist Cautions
The authors point out the difference between the theory of constructivism and its practical application, and they argue that the consequences of implementing constructivism in the classroom will be considerably more challenging than might be anticipated...
Education and Character: A Conservative View
Good character education is made up of three elements, Mr. Doyle avers - example, study, and practice. In the final analysis life is about moral choices, not about technique or spontaneous unfolding. From the time of the ancient Greeks to sometime in...
Integrating American Popular Regional Music into the Curriculum
Ms. Wicks describes a radically different approach to classroom music instruction now in use in El Paso - an approach that focuses on the wide variety of musical genres that are part of the cultural heritage of the U.S./Mexico border region. Although...
Poison in the Halls of Ivy
Dean Cohen is a tenured professor who has taught English and film studies at San Bernardino Valley College since 1968. He uses a confrontational teaching style designed to shock his students. He discusses and has the students write about such controversial...
Revitalizing the Ecosystem for Youth: A New Perspective for School Reform
Community development changes the core identity of schools from isolated, independent agencies to institutions enmeshed with other community agencies in an interconnected landscape of support for the well-being of students and learners, Messrs. Timpane...
Schools Become the Focal Point of Finance
In the world of business and finance, the old phrase "cooking the books" implies that manipulating financial ledgers will produce an illicit advantage for someone. Maybe this practice is used more often in movie and TV scripts than in real life, but...
Shakespeare in an Elementary School Setting: A Unique and Inspiring Educational Experience
Shakespeare mania runs through the entire school community of Far Brook School in Short Hills, New Jersey. Ms. Wood explains how such an Unusual attitude is fostered, beginning as early as nursery school and continuing all the way through grade 8. For...
Some Are More Equal Than Others
In Ms. Ohanian's opinion, we could revolutionize education if we asked every prospective educator at every level just one simple question: "Read any good books lately?" I didn't really expect to be asked to join my hometown superintendent search committee....
Supreme Court Denies Funding for Religious Schools in Ontario
In response to the many inquiries I received concerning the fate of Newfoundland's constitutional amendment before the Canadian Senate (In Canada, October 1996), I can now report that the amendment ending the church-controlled education system in that...
Teaching Children to Value Art and Artists
Children are often surprised, Ms. Johnson says, when they are helped to see the impact that artists in different fields have had on their environment. During a stopover at the Seattle airport several years ago, my 4-year-old daughter was quietly tiding...
Telling Time
Sometimes, Ms. Chenfeld reminds us, those incidental, in-between, hang-loose, unstructured, spontaneous times together are our best times in the classroom. Hurrying through the halls to the kindergarten room for my next "Artists-in-the-Schools" session,...
The Arts and the Inner Lives of Students
Creative Arts in Learning, a master's degree program at Lesley College Graduate School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, acknowledges that teacher creativity is the source of all that goes on in the classroom - and creativity involves drawing on resources...
The Price of Poverty
Those bundled up against blizzards in the Plains states often console themselves with the belief that the positive things in their states compensate for the cold. Suburban families go through a similar rationalization when they accept the isolation in...
The Virtual School
Within the next year or so, one or more virtual schools will come into existence. I nearly said come into existence in the U.S., but, of course, virtual implies "without place." Like more traditional schools, a virtual school has a curriculum, a faculty,...
Worst Possible Spin Syndrome (Continued)
In the Sixth Bracey Report (October 1996), I coined the phrase "worst possible spin syndrome" (WPSS) to describe the way data about education are often slanted when they are reported. Sometimes WPSS afflicts more than an op-ed piece and occurs in an...