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. 81, No. 4, December

Backtalk
Correction In the Ninth Bracey Report (October), an editing error with regard to the fifth hypothesis put forth by Richard Rothstein, Martin Carnoy, and Luis Benveniste (p. 152) implied that they believed that the curricular materials of private...
Behind the Statistics : Urban Dropouts and the GED
The perceived need to earn the GED diploma motivated the students that Ms. Brouillette describes here to enroll in a program that gave them access to multiple forms of assistance and provided an important starting point for turning their lives around....
Classroom Practice : Deciphering Teacher Lounge Talk
There are two kinds of "lounge talk," Mr. Keller points out & and one of the most critical professional skills that teachers need to develop is the ability to discriminate between them. I REMEMBER the excitement I experienced as a beginning...
Courtside : Are You Gay?
SINCE 1982 Wendy Weaver has been a tenured teacher at Spanish Fork High School, which is located in a small, conservative town in central Utah. A teacher of psychology and physical education, Weaver has an unblemished record of teaching effectiveness....
Eliminating Standardized Tests in College Admissions : The New Affirmative Action?
Although it is certainly possible to design a workable admissions policy that does not include standardized tests, it is not sound policy to eliminate admissions tests in the hope of indirectly furthering a social policy goal, Ms. Zwick maintains....
Facing the Risks of the "Mozart Effect'
Mr. Reimer argues that music educators must protect the integrity of music education from alternative, nonmusic agendas. THROUGHOUT its history in the United States and in most countries and cultures around the world, the teaching and learning of...
For-Profit Schools Continue to Skimp on Special Education A Response to Naomi Zigmond
Mr. Ramanathan and Ms. Zollers find it unfortunate that a respected scholar, such as Ms. Zigmond, would choose to construct a response that allows supporters of for-profit charter schools to dismiss the calls for reform in their December 1998 article....
Headquarters Staff
GEORGE KERSEY, JR., Executive Director; SANDRA WEITH, Acting Assistant Executive Director for Administration; CAROL LANGDON, Acting Director, Center for Evaluation, Development, and Research (CEDR); GARY LETTELLEIR, Business Manager; BILLIE SPELLMAN,...
Inner-City Schools : A Multiple-Variable Discussion
Good intentions and intuition are not enough to guide us in our efforts to improve the lot of those children who attend inner-city schools. The task, Mr. Van Horn points out, calls for systematic study of the body of knowledge in more than a dozen...
Interview with Manuel Justiz, an Making a Difference through Education
From a shaky start as a 12-year-old refugee from Castro's Cuba, Mr. Justiz went on to become dean of the College of Education at theUniversity of Texas, Austin. He shares his story with Mr. Goldberg. ON 21 JANUARY 1961, 12-year-old Manuel Justiz...
Neural Connections : Some You Use, Some You Lose
The neuroscience and its interpretations that Mr. Bruer reviews here suggest that, rather than age 3 marking the end of the time we have to "build better brains," age 3 seems more likely to mark only the beginning of a long developmental and maturational...
Research : Poverty and Achievement
READERS might recall that, in 1996, Stanley Pogrow of the University of Arizona took me to task for invoking poverty as a cause of low achievement. He argued that my contention promoted "the excuse that students who do poorly do so because of demographic...
Stateline : Changing State Legislature, The
EVERY year about this time, observers of the state legislative scene begin to focus on the next legislative session. With 44 states scheduled to hold sessions in 2000 and with a big Presidential election year coming up, the most frequently asked question...
Teacher Talent and Urban Schools
The Urban Teacher Perceiver Interview is not a quick fix. But starting with an investment in teachers, Mr. Gordon avers, is the only way we can hope to significantly improve urban education. HOW CAN America's urban schools and the students they...
Technology : Gift-Giving Guide
THIS YEAR'S guide to holiday giving will focus on technology that helps solve nagging problems, enhances what you can do with technology, and moves you from one generation of equipment to the next. For more information on "handcrafted" high-tech gifts...
Urban Schools : Forced to Fail
If the urban schools are to offer their population of minority children access to the American dream, a powerful political force must move into the educational arena to represent their cause, Mr. Crosby warns. The alternative is complete failure and...
Washington Commentary : Children on the Move
LONG before the immigrants arrived with their many colors and languages, even before the Brown decision and the sprawling suburbs that followed, families and children in this country were on the move. Other than the sheer growth in numbers of students,...
What Are the Real Risk Factors for African American Children?
WE HEAR and see the terms "high risk," "at risk," and "risk factor" frequently these days, and most of the time they appear in combination with the terms "African American," "minority," or "low income." They often come up in discussions of educational...
What Is the Future of Predominantly Black Urban Schools? : The Politics of Race in Urban Education Policy
The true barometer for gauging whether the vision of the Brown decision has actually been realized is the quality of the education received by low-income African American students who remain behind in predominantly African American schools in the inner...

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