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. 8, April

Achieving Inclusiveness in Scottish Education
The commitment to inclusiveness in Scottish education has not come about by chance and marks a substantial change in many of the long-standing traditions and practices of Scottish schooling, as Mr. MacBride explains. It is a truism to state that school...
A New Look at School Failure and School Success
The cause of both school failure and marriage failure is that almost all people believe in and practice stimulus/response psychology, Dr. Glasser contends. He suggests a better alternative - CHOICE THEORY[SM] - to nurture the warm, supportive human relationships...
A Transfusion for Democracy
Every couple of years, the Kappan presents a special section devoted to educational practices abroad. We educators can learn much from studying the strategies of other nations for dealing with problems that are common to us all. On a broader scale,...
Cooperative Education: Lessons from Japan
In using group activities for learning, cooperative student effort for school events, and peer pressure for classroom discipline, Japanese teachers involve and empower their students, Ms. Baris-Sanders notes. One of the first things people want to know...
Creating a Student Literacy Corps in a Diverse Community
The authors describe a program aimed at creating and nurturing literacy opportunities and successes for area children, adolescents, and adults while simultaneously helping all participants develop an appreciation of their language and of their culturally...
Do Agendas Have Agendas?
By April many state legislatures have either entered or are nearing that hectic period when individual and party agendas make sudden turns. Hidden agendas surface in the form of tacked-on amendments, competing agendas meet head on, and compromise deals...
Electronic Messaging: Growing Your Own WAN
I have a hard and fast rule for myself: never install technology in a school if you can't teach someone there to run it. This might not seem like a hard rule to abide by, but it is. Novel and Windows NT servers are examples of technologies that break...
How Canadian Universities Are Managing Change
Canadian universities are entering a period of self-examination. University officials in most provinces are being forced to tackle the task of restructuring their institutions in order to weather the fourth year of government cutbacks and to survive...
Insurance Liability: Don't Make an Error about an Omission
In the late 1980s Canutillo Independent School District, which is a property-poor school system near El Paso, Texas, purchased a "School Leaders Errors and Omissions Policy" from National Union Fire Insurance Company. Prior to the purchase, a representative...
International Service Learning: It's Time Has Come
It is clear that a network of international service learning is in its formative stage, the authors point out. We must not allow the politics of service programs in the U.S. to blind us to the opportunities in other parts of the world that will enable...
Is There an 'Indian' in Your Classroom? Working Successfully with Urban Native American Students
Teachers who work with Native Americans in an urban setting need to be aware of what a move to the city means to these students and their families and of how the students' behavior and school performance can be affected, Ms. Little Soldier maintains....
Learning Our Lessons about Early Learning
Those crib mobiles with their dancing colors and those kaleidoscopic cloth book, s that are meant to be a baby s first are not what my very young grandchildren enjoy. For these babies, the world is like a television from the 1950s - strictly black and...
More in TIMSS
Bismarck said that there are two things you should never watch being made: sausage and legislation. At a February conference in Washington, D.C., on the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), one of the study's directors, Albert Beaton...
South Korea: Placing Education on Top of the Family Agenda
While we may not agree with all aspects of the Korean mother's role in her child's education, we cannot deny that a strong family commitment and a demanding curriculum have been driving forces in Korean students' enviable academic achievement, Messrs....
Sweeping Decentralization of Educational Decision-Making Authority: Lessons from England and New Zealand
The experience with decentralization in New Zealand and England illustrates that the goals of local control and accountability might be more elusive than was initially envisioned by those who designed the system, the authors suggest. Among the solutions...
Teacher Professional Development in Denmark
The agents of change in Danish schools are primarily the teachers, but the teachers in the Folkeskole are facing new and multifarious challenges. Their initial education is far from sufficient, and their role as change agents demands access to inservice...
The Coriolanus Syndrome
Mr. Campbell was beginning to hate those science teachers who handed out vocabulary lists to be memorized the day after "Nova" had aired another stunning show that none of them had watched, let alone thought to share with their students. It was just...
The Missing Ingredient in Character Education
It is doubtful that school programs will prove successful if they seek to teach children the lessons that adults have not yet learned, Mr. Lasley warns. Educators IN the U.S. are embracing another "new" panacea for the apparent crisis of values in the...
The Reform of School Governance in the Republic of Ireland
The very act of decentralization has the potential to create powerful regional boards that will gradually weaken the self-governing autonomy of Ireland's schools, according to Messrs. Lennon and White. Historically, Ireland has held education in very...
Who Cares for the Children? Denmark's Unique Public Child-Care Model
While anti-tax discourse pervades public consciousness in the U.S. and has assumed the status of natural law, we might do well to pause and think about what we have lost by failing to create a publicly subsidized day-care system and a generous set of...
Working Effectively with Hispanic Immigrant Families
Ms. Holman describes the differing needs of Hispanic immigrant families and their children and suggests ways in which administrators and other school staff members can assist these newcomers in making a successful transition to school. The category...