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. 86, No. 9, May

After 25 Years, ED Is Here to Stay
Based on interviews with some of the major players of the past quarter century and on research going back to the days shortly after the Civil War, Mr. Mollison tells the story of the department that would not die. ON THE silver anniversary of the...
A New Look at Public and Private Schools: Student Background and Mathematics Achievement
The claim that private schools do a better job of educating their students than public schools -- an argument central to the push for market-style reforms -- is rarely questioned. But do the data back it up? The authors examined fourth- and eighth-grade...
COURTSIDE: Celebration
IN OCTOBER 1990, Mr. and Mrs. Simon rescued Anton and his sister from brutally tragic conditions in a bleak orphanage in war-torn Romania. They brought the children back to their home in Florida and adopted them. Soon thereafter, the Simons enrolled...
EDITORIAL: Lawrence Summers' Winter of Discontent
In mid-February, a couple of weeks before I began to write this piece, I downloaded a copy of the transcript of Harvard President Lawrence Summers' remarks to the Conference on Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce, held in Cambridge,...
Fusing Lesson Study and Authentic Achievement
After several years of working with school districts on various systemic reform efforts, Mr. Stewart and Mr. Brendefur conclude that the best way to bring about positive change at the classroom level is to adopt a model wherein small groups of teachers...
IN CANADA: Under the Rainbow
LONG AGO and far away, I worked with an esteemed colleague who resisted every attempt to extend equal benefits and opportunities to female teachers. "John" had grudgingly accepted common salary scales for male and female teachers, but the proposition...
Is the United States Really Losing the International Horse Race in Academic Achievement?
The results of international assessments of student achievement are far more nuanced than the headlines lead us to believe. Having examined six comparisons of performance -- in various subjects and at various levels -- by students in the U.S. and other...
POINT OF VIEW - What Do We Mean by 'Limited Attention Span'?
When contemplating whether children really do have short attention spans, Ms. Findley remembers her young daughter's fierce focus on overcoming her challenges and reaching her goals. HOW OFTEN I hear teachers and prospective teachers repeat the...
Reaping the Systemic Benefits of Lesson Study
Professional development fads come and go, with little lasting impact. But as lesson study takes hold in the U.S., it increasingly reveals its potential to advance the entire teaching profession. Ms. Chokshi and Ms. Fernandez assess the current state...
RESEARCH: Finland Update
RECALLING A study about public attitudes toward schools in various countries, I asked Jouni Valijarvi of the University of Juvaskyla how Finns perceived their schools and whether PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results had any...
Small Learning Communities That Actually Learn: Lessons for School Leaders
Collaborative communities of teachers have great potential for bringing about improvements in teaching and learning. But, as Mr. Supovitz and Ms. Christman found in their study of teacher communities in Cincinnati and Philadelphia, simply creating...
STATELINE: Changing the Nature of Parent Involvement
THERE'S parent involvement and then there's parent involvement. There's the kind that has parents volunteering their time in schools, making costumes, or organizing and staffing the school carnival fund-raiser. This is helpful activity by any measure...
Teaching Educators How to Use Student Assessment Data to Improve Instruction
The authors describe an innovative course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that places graduate students and public school teachers on school-based teams and asks them to solve real problems using real student data. STATE accountability...
TECHNOLOGY: Digital Photography in an Inner-City Fifth Grade, Part 2
LAST MONTH, Phil Riner began discussing his project of teaching digital photography and prosocial behavior skills to inner-city fifth-graders. This work led him to generate some very specific procedures for camera care and use. Phil also taught the...
The Education of Citizens
In light of Martin Rochester's questioning of his earlier article, Mr. Parker clarifies his positions and reiterates his belief in the essential connection between public education and the viability of democracy. LET ME thank Martin Rochester for...
Unaddressed Issues
Mr. Rochester detects a political agenda in Walter Parker's article about what the public schools should be teaching their students. WALTER Parker's January article, "Teaching Against Idiocy," raises important and fascinating issues relating to...
WASHINGTON COMMENTARY: Sound and Fury
POLICY makers really sounded off this spring about public education. And while they're not exactly furious, one suspects that, in the end, all the noise will signify nothing much. For example, state legislators derided No Child Left Behind (NCLB)...
WEB WATCH: Interactive Algebra Websites for Students
THERE WAS a time when calculators were the only form of technology available to assist students in learning mathematics. Times have changed. Technology in the 21st century not only assists students in learning difficult material but also allows for...
What Does NCATE Have to Say to Future History Teachers?
According to current NCATE standards, social studies teachers must be well versed in economics, history, sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, science and technology, and the arts. In short, they must know everything. Mr. Wineburg...
Why Data Skills Matter in School Improvement
Without using data to inform their actions at every step of the way, teachers and administrators will probably not reach their goals for school improvement. Ms. Heritage and Ms. Chen describe a CRESST initiative that helps educators develop the skills...
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