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. 90, No. 3, November

10 State Strategies to Internationalize Education
If states want school districts to step out into the world, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Tave Zelman suggests the state education chief create a position within the agency to oversee international education. "That person will...
An Ounce of Prevention
Despite $60 million from Eli Broad and Bill Gates, education didn't emerge as a central presidential election issue. This is hardly surprising. The economy seemingly reels from a new blow every day, house prices are still falling, global warming takes...
Attracting and Retaining Good Teachers
Nothing is more important to the work of schools than capable and dedicated teachers. Good teaching is hard work. It involves not only an engagement with the subject matter to be learned, but even more an intense engagement with all the students in...
Classroom Educators Learn More about Teaching and Learning from the Arts: The Arts Are Crucial to a Complete Education in and of Themselves, Joseph Amorino Points out. However, the Arts Also Can Lead Teachers to Reinvent Their Own Practice
Students in the Glen Rock Public Schools in New Jersey dance their numbers, imagine the human characteristics of minerals, and transport themselves into Revolutionary War times--all as the result of what teachers learned in a powerful professional...
Climb out of the Five-and-Dime Hole
Too far and too high and too deep ain't too much for me," says a well-known country tune, because "too much ain't enough for an old five and dimer like me." Unfortunately, flying high has ended in a crash landing for public schools in lots of ways,...
Connecting the Dots: The Unexplored Promise of Visual Literacy in American Classrooms; Schools Must Walk Away from Text-Driven Instruction and Embrace Developing Technologies If They Hope to Stem the Loss of Students
Not too long ago, my wife decided to try one of those online-groceries-delivered-to-your-home deals from our neighborhood chain. She knew that setting up the template for the initial order would take time, but she expected that she could just point...
Emerging Leader: Cliff Hong
CLIFF HONG took the long way to reach the classroom at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif. A political science major as an undergraduate, he enrolled in law school after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley. But, after...
"International Education" What's in a Name? International Education Signals Very Different Ideas to Different People. When It Comes to Your School, What Will You Have It Mean?
Not far from my home is a public elementary school that closed for a thorough remodeling and then re-opened amid fanfare with "international" in its new name and dual language immersion as its focus. Several years later, the middle school nearby...
Kappans Visit Tanzania
A GROUP OF nine Kappans visited Tanzania in August as part of PDK's International Travel Program to learn more about the challenges facing that nation and its schools. PDK President-Elect Sandee Crowther wrote this reflection on behalf of the travelers....
Schools without Walls: Ohio Created Learning Partnerships That Reach around the World
With the wind whistling past their oboes and clarinets, the Ohio band students from Shaker Heights High School performed at the Great Wall of China in 2007. They marched alongside Chinese middle school students in the Beijing streets to cadences they'd...
Square Pegs and Round Holes: Community Schooling and the State
I work at a community school. To me, a community school, also known as an alternative school, indicates a school that fulfills two major commitments: to stand outside mainstream pedagogy and to provide a safe haven for students who have been failed...
Taping Teachers
DENISE PLOCK, Shellie Barth, David Mouri, and Mary Tregloan are special education teachers in the Freeport School District 145 in north central Illinois. They work with students with severe disabilities, including those in life skills classrooms. ...
Teach Them So They Will Learn
Dealing with misbehaving children is a challenge. No question about it. It is right at the top of my list of least favorite things. Why can't they just do what I want them to do? I'm certain that I uttered that ridiculous phrase at least a thousand...
Thank You, Miss Katherine: Teaching Dance in an Academic Setting Can Improve Student Learning and Boost Student Self-Confidence
A thank-you note from an elementary school-age boy renders a testament to the power of art in a world dominated by test scores. This young scholar has just completed project Minds in Motion, a yearlong program that teaches 4th-grade students discipline,...
The Supply Side of School Reform: Education's Future Cannot Be Built on Familiar Assumptions. Instead, We Must Embrace New Opportunities That Answer New Challenges in Unforeseen Ways
School reform has long played out as a clash of absolutes, recipes, and certainties. For those working through familiar school systems, it is a question of "best practices" and "scientifically based research" or retooling districts through professional...
Why the Arts Make Sense in Education: The Boston Arts Academy Demonstrates the Value of Incorporating Arts into Academics, Rather Than Segregating Education into Two Separate Spheres of Learning
Art is not a very new idea. Our ancestors knew the arts were synonymous with survival. We created art to communicate emotions: our passions, jealousies, and enduring conflicts. We designed pageants to dramatize the passing of seasons and other more...
Working to Improve 9th-Grader Success
Eighth graders tend to get cocky about being older and worldlier than their younger middle school peers. So it can be a wakeup call when they start high school and they're at the bottom of the pecking order again. Sometimes, though, they still want...
World-Smart Students: Creating Globally Savvy Students Will Require Partnerships between Federal, State, and Local Leaders in Business, Education, and Government
The world in which today's students will graduate is far different than the world in which we grew up. As never before, American education must prepare students for a world where the opportunities for success require the ability to compete and cooperate...
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