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. 89, No. 10, June

A Future Worthy of Teaching for America: The Teaching Residency May Be One of the Most Important Reforms of Teacher Education, Ms. Darling-Hammond Asserts. If TFA Were to Adopt This Model, It Could Help Address the Teacher-Quality Problems in Our Urban Schools
THE vision Megan Hopkins offers for the future design of Teach for America (TFA) combines the appeal of TFA--a pathway into teaching for able college graduates who are willing to work in high-need schools--with recognition that to serve their students...
Assessing NCLB
AS I write this in April 2008, those who are trying to stoke the candidates' interest in education in general and in No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in particular aren't having much luck. Even the Broad/Gates $60-million ED in '08 campaign hasn't lit many...
A Trunk Load of Books
THIS LONG political process that has brought out the uniqueness of almost every state and given unprecedented status to the "voter" largely came about because of a trunk full of books. I learned this while searching for books to recommend to readers...
Books for Summer Reading
WITH gas prices predicted to be even higher this summer, you may be having second thoughts about including a long car or plane trip in your vacation plans. To strengthen your resolve to do less damage to the environment and to your credit card, we...
Budgeting on Shifting Sand
THE headlines are daunting. Plunging home values, skyrocketing fuel costs, declining state revenues, and a multitude of other budget worries add up to nightmares for state budget officials and school business directors. Even the most conservative observers...
Building the Movement to End Educational Inequity: Teach for America Is Working, Ms. Kopp Argues. and Studies Show That TFA Teachers Do as Well as or Better Than Teachers with Traditional Certification
TEACH FOR America exists to address educational inequity--the stunning reality that in our nation, which aspires so admirably to be a land of equal opportunity, where one is born still largely determines one's educational outcomes. Despite plenty of...
Can Teachers Lead Teachers? Teacher Attrition Rates Are Soaring, Mr. Mihans Reports. He Argues That, in Order to Strengthen Recruitment and Retention, the Profession Needs the Active Involvement of Teachers More Than Ever Before
THE NUMBERS are in, and they are not rosy. According to the Schools and Staffing Survey, 64,954 public schools reported vacancies during the 2003-04 school year. (1) Even more alarming is the fact that projections suggest teacher attrition rates will...
Don't Be Afraid to Explore Web 2.0
WEB 2.0 is a hot topic. The term "Web 2.0" refers to the next generation of Internet applications that allow (even encourage) the average Internet user to collaborate and share information online. It signals a major change in Internet use, since in...
Excellence: The Emperor's New Clothes: Mr. Vos Advances the Heretical Notion That Pursuing Excellence May Not Be Good for Us. Perhaps What We All Really Need Is to Let More Mediocrity into Our Lives
I AM FED up with excellence. It's everywhere and nowhere. Googling the word produced more than 100 million hits. Even incorrect spellings yield hundreds of thousands. Claims of excellence surround us. It can be bought; it can be sold. We boast of it...
From Professional Development to Professional Learning: If Schools Are to Change to Meet Their Increasingly Urgent Needs, Ms. Easton Argues, Teachers Will Have to Move from Being Trained or Developed to Becoming Active Learners. Significant Change Will Require Educators to Alter Their Attitudes and Behaviors
ONCE WE called it training--what educators underwent before and sometimes during the school year. They were trained. For some, the word brought to mind a factory where employees were told precisely how to tighten a screw as products rolled by on the...
Internet Safety
Staying safe on the Internet is important. But as our online lives continue to expand, we need to ask ourselves, How safe are we? And while Internet safety may start with keeping children safe, everyone in a community needs to be aware of potential...
On Lilacs, Tap-Dancing, and Children of Poverty
EVERY spring, I turn over a new leaf (so to speak), vowing that this year I will garden. Last Saturday, the warm sunshine and light breeze made it the perfect day to make good on this year's promise. So I donned my rubber gardening shoes, pulled out...
Professional Responsibilities
SERENDIPITY is a funny thing. And this issue is a fine example of what I mean. Nearly every article in it deals in some way with the professional lives of teachers, from their initial recruitment and training, to their continuing professional development,...
Reading Guarantees
TERRAIN Drew's children, who were in the second and fourth grades, were failing in the New York City public schools. In an effort to resolve this major problem, Mrs. Drew enrolled both of them in the Sylvan Learning Center, based on the following statement...
Staffing High-Needs Schools: Insights from the Nation's Best Teachers: What Will It Take to Entice Highly Accomplished Teachers to Work in the Nation's Neediest Schools? Researchers from the Center for Teaching Quality Decided to Ask the Teachers Themselves
RECRUITING and retaining good teachers for high-needs schools may be the most vexing problem facing America's education policy makers. Study after study confirms that poor children and children of color are far less likely than their peers to be taught...
Teachers Need to Share Their Ideas: Mr. Gardiner Points out That Teachers Work in the Most Important Research Labs We Have: Classrooms. for the Good of the Profession, They Should Share Their Stories by Publishing Them
NO MORE than a quick glance at any journal that deals with K-12 education reveals that the authors of most articles are college professors, administrators, or representatives of national committees. While I respect the research that comes out of universities,...
The Inherent Interdependence of Teachers: No Teacher Is an Island. Teachers Might Think They Are Isolated in Their Classrooms, but Ms. Horn Points out That Every Teacher in a School Has a Big Effect on Every Other Teacher's Success
IN MY second year of teaching, parent/teacher conferences still made me quite nervous. Despite the inevitable trepidation, I had brought this one upon myself--and with a particular sense of urgency. After I phoned the mother and explained my concerns,...
The Three C's for Urban Science Education: Using Students' Thorough Engagement in Popular Culture as a Model, Mr. Emdin Developed Tools to Immerse Them Just as Deeply in Their Classroom Learning
ON AN unseasonably warm fall afternoon, I stood in the back of a chemistry classroom in one of the most economically disadvantaged urban areas in the U.S. and watched a sea of sleepy black and brown faces painted with confusion, frustration, and indifference...
Why We Partner with Teach for America: Changing the Conversation: Three Deans Explain Why Their Schools Are Glad to Work with Teach for America and Describe How They Provide Comprehensive Teacher Preparation Programs to TFA Corps Members
WE HAVE been invited to respond to Megan Hopkins' article because our schools partner with Teach for America (TFA) to prepare corps members in our graduate programs. Why? Because we maintain a deep commitment to preparing and placing effective, knowledgeable,...