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. 93, No. 2, October

Are We Taking the Wrong Path?
School turnaround has become a national industry. Driven by the political necessity to show results in the short term, educators have responded with strategies that reliably raise standardized test scores, some-times dramatically, within one to two...
Chile, Latin America, and Inequality in Education
Chile is often cited in education policy circles for its embrace about 30 years ago of a choice and market system in education, instituted by the military government and very much based on libertarian economic ideas. For example, each Chilean student...
Classroom Misbehavior Is Predictable and Preventable: Look for the Keys to Curbing Bad Behavior in the Patterns and Problems of the Student Offenders; Then Serve Up a Healthy Dose of Engaging Lessons
There is little doubt that students' challenging behavior in schools is always on the minds of teachers, school administrators, and parents. But what precisely are the challenging behaviors of greatest concern? Media portrayals and surveys of public...
Collaborative Problem Solving Can Transform School Discipline: Adults, Students, and Schools Benefit When Behavioral Challenges Are Viewed through Accurate Lenses and Students Participate in Resolving Them
We've been looking in all the wrong places for answers to solving student discipline issues. Over the past 40 to 50 years, we theorized that poor parental discipline caused children's challenging behavior. During the same time, psychiatric diagnoses...
Conversations with Arne Duncan Offering Advice on Educator Evaluations: The National Push for New Teacher Evaluations Is Real; Educators Should Not Miss This Opportunity to Influence Policy Makers with Solid Evidence
We can't say how many high school principals get calls from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, particularly when he knows he'll be speaking with a critic of his policies. We do know that he got an earful when he called the principal of South Side...
Grades That Mean Something: Kentucky Develops Standards-Based Report Cards a Group of Teachers, School Leaders, and Education Researchers Create Report Cards That Link Course Grades to Student Progress on Mastering State Standards
Nearly all states today have standards for student learning that describe what students should learn and be able to do. Nearly all states also have large-scale accountability assessment programs designed to measure students' proficiency on those standards....
How Can We Improve Teacher Quality? Recruit the Right Candidates, Retain Teachers Who Do Well, and Ensure Strong Preparation, Good Working Conditions, and Quality Professional Development
We live in an era of impassioned debate about teacher quality. How should teachers be prepared? By whom? Where? How should they be evaluated? What is good professional development? Should we eliminate tenure? Should we determine a teacher's quality...
Improve Relationships to Improve Student Performance: Reformers Have Ignored One Factor That Could Propel Student Learning: Restoring Moral Authority to Relationships between Students and Educators
What if many of the recent school reform initiatives have been focused on the wrong issue? As a sociologist observing policy debates and the stream of K-12 education interventions, I worry that a significant number of these well-intended reforms have...
Is the Sky the Limit to Education Improvement? Comparing Your School to a Neighboring School Is No Longer Sufficient; You Must Compare Your School, Your District, and Your Country to the Best Performers in the World
In the global economy, where all work that can be automated, digitized, or outsourced can now be done anywhere by the people best qualified to do it, national standards are no longer the yardstick for measuring education success. Instead, the new metric...
LGBT Students Want Educators to Speak Up for Them: Learning for All Depends on Safety for All Students
In a school of 1,000 students, up to 100 will be gay, lesbian, or bisexual; 10 will be transgender; and one will be intersex (biologically neither male nor female). If their lives are average, 87 of them will be verbally harassed, 40 of them will be...
School Discipline Feeds the "Pipeline to Prison": As School Discipline Moves from the Principal's Office to the Courthouse, Children Are Poorly Served
Schools in Texas and across the country historically have been safe places for teachers to teach and students to learn, even before it became routine to assign police officers to patrol public schools and for some larger districts to create their own...
Student Input Improves Behavior, Fosters Leadership: A Philadelphia School Teaches Democratic Practices by Including Students in Formal Decision Making
Lunch is often a student's favorite "subject. " But this wasn't the case for students at Constitution High School (CHS), a public school in historic Center City Philadelphia. During the single 30-minute lunch period, roughly 400 students were expected...
Teach for America Teachers: How Long Do They Teach? Why Do They Leave? Most TFA Alumni Continue to Teach after Completing Their Two-Year Obligation. Those Who Leave the Profession Exit Because of the Same Poor Working Conditions That Drive Away Other Young Teachers
Few observers doubt that Teach For America (TFA) has high aspirations. Established in 1990, TFA strives to close persistent racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps in U.S. public education by recruiting high-achieving college graduates to teach for...
The Highs and Lows of Student Engagement
"I get to do homework!" Yes, Parrish, my son, was really excited about starting school, meeting his classmates, and doing homework like the big kids in the neighborhood. When friends and family asked about his adjustment to school, I said that he bounded...
Transformation or Decline? Using Tough Times to Create Higher-Performing Schools: Seven Key Strategies Can Be the Difference between Hunkering Down While the Fiscal Storm Rages on and Facing a Bright New Day Stronger Than Before
Instead of doing less with less during these fiscally challenging times, school districts can seize the moment to usher in school transformation that will leave schools, families, and communities better off. They could follow the lead of districts...
Turnaround: A Tale of Two Schools
Here is a tale for our time. It upends the reigning assumptions about the role of funding, about the false god of innovation and the speed with which low-performing schools (or any school) can make genuine, significant improvement. A few months...
Unrest in the Classroom
British teachers are gearing up for what could be a continuation of the largest program of strike action to hit classrooms here since the 1980s. And this could make life very interesting for the United Kingdom government over the next few weeks. ...
Up-and-Coming Leaders: Thomas Acampora
Telling stories. Building relevancy. Creating connections. That's how Thomas Acampora made history come alive for his Baltimore City students. "It becomes not some funny, interesting story about some dead people who lived 200 years ago, but something...
Write Your Own Ending
Yvonne's 11-year-old son, Anthony, was suspended from school for sassing a teacher. He did not have a stellar behavior record, and his backtalk was the proverbial straw. His teacher sent him to the office, and the principal sent him home with a note...
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