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. 75, No. 5, January

A Changing Context Means School Board Reform
Although it is impossible to make blanket statements about the performance of the nation's 15,000 school boards, Mr. Kirst discerns certain trends that are pointing to a refocusing of their roles. One major problem plagues all attempts to understand...
A Closer Look at a Metaphor
It may be time, Mr. Raths suggests, to anlyze precisely what is being proposed when the assertion is made that the U.S. must be "competitive" in the world marketplace. In his article "Strengths and Weaknesses of American Education," which appeared...
Beyond Ephebiphobia: Problem Adults or Problem Youths?
Today's mythology that most or all youths are "at risk" scatters valuable resources and dilutes efforts to help the minority of youths who are genuinely troubled, Mr. Astroth charges. It is common today to hear that almost half of all young people...
College Jocks in the Gender Blender
Although its football team did play in the 1916 Rose Bowl and its men's basketball team won the Ivy League championship as recently as 1986, Brown University has not achieved sustained success in intercollegiate athletics. At Brown, as at most schools,...
Defining the Leadership Role of School Boards in the 21st Century
The authors describe a project of the California School Boards Association to provide detailed descriptions of each board function and to use these descriptions as the basis of a comprehensive curriculum for training school boards. Citizen oversight...
Education and Training in the European Community: The Next Phase
The year 1994 will usher in a new phase of programs related to education and training within the European Community (EC). While building on the success of t number of existing programs intended to advance European cooperation in mainstream education,...
Future Schools: And How to Get There from Here
If we want to change the school significantly, we must smother it with a critical mass of changes in rapid succession, Mr. Dixon maintains. But instead, year in, year out, the education industry offers the public Band-Aids for whatever school wound...
Governing the Nation's Schools: The Case for Restructuring Local School Boards
Ms. Danzberger recommends reforms that will actually re-create local boards so that they can become influential forces for change and improvement. Without such reforms, she points out, attacks on school boards will continue and escalate, thus diminishing...
Local Education Governance: Perspectives on Problems and Strategies for Change
The local system for governing the nation's public schools has had little coherent attention and - except for the movement toward site-based decision making - remains largely untouched by the nation's education reform agenda. Eight years ago, the Institute...
More on the Importance of Preschool
I have often wondered whether, as adults, the children studied by Jean Piaget felt the unshakable sensation that someone was looking over their shoulders. I now wonder whether the 123 people who formed the Perry Preschool Study feel the same way. Observed...
Poverty, Rape, Adult/teen Sex: Why 'Pregnancy Prevention' Programs Don't Work
Mr. Males responds with new data to support his central point - that teenage and adult sexual behaviors are so intertwined at both the personal and the societal levels that there is, in reality, no distinct "teenage pregnancy" phenomenon amenable to...
Reinventing Local School Governance
Long before "reinventing government" became a White House catch phrase, a mood favoring some kind of change in the government and management of public education had already begun at the grassroots level. Administrators have begun to borrow from the...
Reinventing Urban Public Education
Nobody is content with the state of urban public schools, least of all the people who work in them. When asked to envision the kind of school they want, teachers describe much more orderly, focused, and collaborative working environments than they...
School Boards and Superintendents in Urban Districts
Board members and superintendents must remember that history and tradition are working against strategies to open communication, to build trust, and to clarify respective roles, these authors point out. Nevertheless, the times require these strategies....
Sex and Math, Revisited
Previously I reported (January 1993) on a study showing that, while girls get lower mathematics scores on the SAT than boys, they get equal or better grades in all levels of mathematics courses taken as freshmen in college. Now come two studies, separated...
Shame on the Press
The Department of Education (ED) chose the beginning of the new school year to release the results of a study on "Adult Literacy in America." And American newspapers responded with uniformly negative headlines that implicitly indicted school performance....
Taxes, School Boards, and Higher Education
There must be a finite number of ideas for fixing American education. Watching someone take an old idea and put an innovative spin on it or watching someone else take an old approach and attempt to make it work through sheer determination and repetition...
Teen Pregnancy: Why It Remains a Serious Social, Economic, and Education Problem in the U.S
In the event that the reader has not yet heard the grim statistics, recently released data from the National Center for Health Statistics reveal that the birthrate among U.S. teenagers in 1990 had increased for the fourth consecutive year. In that...
The Changing Local Community School Board: America's Best Hope for the Future of Our Public Schools
America's Best Hope for the Future Of Our Public Schools The principle of local representative governance must prevail in our democratic society, Mr. Shannon avers. And the way to make that happen in each community is for local leaders to ensure...
The Relationship between School Boards and General Purpose Government
The schools must be major players in collaborative initiatives to provide more flexible, comprehensive, and coordinated services to needy children and families, Mr. Usdan maintains. And school board leadership will be vital to any efforts to develop...
Tips for Readers of Research
When you look at data, be sure you know whether you are, looking at ranks or scores, because the two statistics from the same study can yield entirely different impressions of what the study shows. For example, American schools have been taking a beating...
Urban Education: A Board Member's Perspective
School boards and school administrators are not the problem with urban public education, in Mr. Wilson's view. The real problem is lack of funding. We in the United States of America are a civilized people. One of the strongest instincts of every...
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