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. 92, No. 1, September

21st Century Skills
Join the PDK Book Club now to receive this year's first selection, 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn, edited by James Bellanca and Ron Brandt. 21st Century Skills, a book in the Leading EdgeTM series, examines a daunting challenge...
A Leadership Conundrum: If Education Leaders Want Teachers to Collaborate More, Then Leaders Must Truly Lead the Way and Model the Collaboration That They Want to See among Teachers
Teacher collaboration is a prime determinant of school improvement. Unfortunately, though we talk about it a lot, we don't do it as much as we might hope for. We take pride and feel confident when we see a few random acts of collaboration in our schools....
A Pleasant Surprise
The impact of "Inside the Black Box" has been a pleasant surprise. As we reflect over 10 years later, this success raises two questions: Why has it been so well received, and what's the nature of its influence, both on the development of thinking about...
A Time for Change: The 42nd Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools
Change is the new constant--the new status quo. Yet, while we thrive on technological advances, we worry that our social systems can't keep pace with the accelerating rate of change. We have witnessed the rise and collapse of businesses and organizations,...
Cliff Hanging
I've always had kind of a split personality at the start of the school year. There was the little girl who looked forward to donning a new outfit, strapping on a new pair of shoes, and rushing off to meet my new teacher. But there was also the worrier...
College Knowledge: An Interview with David Conley: Almost Everything the U.S. Is Doing Right Now to Connect Students with College Is Probably Necessary-But It's Not Sufficient If We Want More Students to Be Successful in College
KAPPAN: How did you come to be interested in college readiness? CONLEY: It was a nonlinear journey with different pathways that converged. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, I helped set up and run a couple of different public multicultural alternative...
Coming to Theaters This Fall: Education Continues to Be a Topic That Appeals to Filmmakers, If Not in Hollywood, Then Elsewhere around the Country
THE LOTTERY April 23 is the turning point in this emotional film about children seeking admission to the Harlem Success Academy, a prestigious charter school in New York City. Skillfully produced, The Lottery presents the disturbing tale of how...
Connecting Education Research to Practitioners-And Practitioners to Education Research: Both Researchers and Practitioners Are Generating Knowledge about What Works in Education. It's Time to Step Up Their Collaboration for the Good of All Students and All Schools
If the research and education communities do not collaborate, the two worlds will fruitlessly collide. Science could wind up as just an item on a checklist when educators are adopting a new program: "Looked at some academic journal articles. . . check."...
Digitalk: A New Literacy for a Digital Generation: Teachers Who Recognize That "Digitalk" Is Different and Not Deficient Can Find Ways to Harness This Language En Route to Improving Students' Academic Writing
Lily: heyyyy (: Michael: wasz gud B.I.G.? Lily: nm, chillennn; whatchu up too? Michael: WatchIn da gam3 Lily: mm, y quien ta jugandoo? Michael: Yank33s nd naTi0naLs. Lily: WHAAAATT A JOKEEEEE, dime como yankees lostt againstt ...
Does Group IQ Trump Individual IQ?
I've been ruminating about the BP oil spill and hope that, by the time you read this in September, we won't still be hearing about this disaster every day. Perhaps by then we will have realized that the effects of the oil spill go beyond the wildlife,...
Focus on the Prize of Higher Standards and More Graduates
A few reforms in the Obama Administration's big, stimulus-funded Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation (i3), and school improvement grant contests--ending state caps on charter school expansion, rating teachers on the basis of student test scores,...
Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards through Classroom Assessment: Formative Assessment Is an Essential Component of Classroom Work and Can Raise Student Achievement
Raising the standards of learning that are achieved through schooling is an important national priority. In recent years, governments throughout the world have been more and more vigorous in making changes in pursuit of this aim. National, state, and...
More Than a Print Magazine: The Digital Edition of Kappan Always Includes More Articles Than We Can Fit in the Print Edition. Activate Your Access at Kappanmagazine.org and Look for the Digital Edition Link
Be a friend to Kappan On Facebook, friend Kappan Joan (the alias for Joan Richardson, Kappan's editor-inchief) to follow her announcements about the magazine and other issues in education. Talk back to Kappan Agree or disagree with the author...
Rethinking Diversity
Perhaps my clearest school memory is the illustrations in my 1st-grade reader. The book's heroes were Mother, Father, Ted, Sally, and their pets, Splash and Boots. They lived together in a lovely, modern home with a perfectly manicured lawn enclosed...
Teacher Tenure Is Not the Real Problem
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist recently vetoed legislation that would have eliminated tenure for newly hired teachers and substituted, in its stead, a merit pay system. It was the right decision, though perhaps it was for the votes and not the merits....
Teaching without Talking: Teachers Need to Be Aware of More Than Just the Words They Speak to Children. They Also Need to Monitor the Nonverbal Messages That They're Sending to Students through Proximity, Eye Contact, Gestures, and Touching
If you add up all the words they speak in a day, Americans speak an average of about 10 to 11 minutes. Surprised? Then consider that the average sentence lasts for only about three seconds. When people interact with others but aren't talking, they're...
The Dutch Experience with Weighted Student Funding: The Netherlands' Centralized School Funding, Long-Term Stability of Education Policies, and Extensive Social Services Contribute to Its Success. Weighted Student Funding Might Not Translate Well into the U.S. System
Weighted student funding of individual schools is gaining attention in the United States. Several major cities have adopted variations of this policy, including Seattle, San Francisco, and Houston (Baker 2009). And when the Thomas B. Fordham Institute,...
The Other 28
At a professional development session where I was the presenter, I overheard a teacher complain: "But I have 28 other students in this class. I can't spend all my time with that one student." Her statement came only minutes after my elaborate description...
Three Dirty Words Are Killing Education: The Words We Use When Discussing Reform Are Leading Us Astray
Three words used frequently in debates about education are actually clouding the issues rather than helping to clarify our thinking. Standardization is often confused with standards, though they aren't the same thing. Similarly, rigor is confused with...
Up-and-Coming Leaders
Jennifer Miller isn't in the classroom every day, but she's still teaching. Her "students" these days are Future Educators Association(r) advisers. Miller, the FEA state director for Kentucky and one of PDK's area directors, has been working with...
What Educators Need to Know about Bullying Behaviors
Peer victimization--also commonly labeled harassment or bullying--is not a new problem in American schools, though it appears to have taken on more epic proportions in recent years. Survey data indicate that anywhere from 30% to 80% of school-age youth...
Why Children Are Left Behind: High School Students Should Be Able to Hit the Ground Running When School Begins, but Budget Uncertainties Lead to Schedule Changes That Lead to Disruptions for the First Several Weeks of Classes for Most Students and Many Teachers
School begins in eight days. Many high school teachers have returned to their classrooms to begin preparing for the year. The vice principal and principal are still working on the master schedule because budget uncertainties kept everyone guessing...
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