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. 89, No. 3, November

Educational Uses of Blogs and Wikis
HOW THE world communicates is changing every day. Two new tools that educators across the nation are integrating into their classroom instruction are blogs and wikis. A blog (the term is a contraction of "Web log") is a form of online communication...
From the Mouths of Middle-Schoolers: Important Changes for High School and College: What Can We Learn from Middle-Schoolers about Reforming Our High Schools and Colleges? More Than You Might Guess, According to Mr. Bushaw
WE MAY believe that middle school students are flaky. And why wouldn't we think that? They're undergoing hormonal changes, they sometimes exhibit defiance, and they're not good at accepting advice. Yet, when we took the trouble to ask, we found their...
Giving All Students the Keys to College and Skilled Careers: One District's Approach: The Authors Tell the Tale of How the Garden Grove Unified School District, Winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education in 2004, Continues to Make Progress toward Its Long-Term Goal of Helping All Students Become Ready for College or Skilled Careers
THIS IS the story of how the Garden Grove Unified School District in California is taking on the challenge of preparing all students for college and skilled careers. Though every student may not plan to attend college, the district has decided that...
Inspiring Students to Create the Future: An Exemplary Program Based at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Greatly Increases the Odds That At-Risk Youngsters Will Not Only Graduate from High School but Will Go on to Higher Education. the Program Is Also a Model of University/community Collaboration
SOMETIMES ingenuity, timing, and need come together in the right mix to generate a spark that ignites innovative programs that benefit students and communities. At a news conference in February of 2007, Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin introduced elements...
Just Common Belief
THAT'S how John, one of the students interviewed by Sam Wineburg and his colleagues for this month's lead article, "Forrest Gump and the Future of Teaching the Past," explains his certainty that there simply wasn't any cause for the Vietnam War. Everybody...
Premature Arrival of the Future
The "basics" of tomorrow are skills considered to be of a higher level today. These skills include: evaluation and analysis skills; critical thinking; problem-solving strategies (including mathematical problem-solving); organization and reference skills;...
Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary Content-Area Classrooms; Many Middle and High School Students Lack the Strategies They Need to Comprehend the Demanding Content-Area Textbooks Used in Secondary Classrooms. and Their Teachers Lack the Time and Knowledge to Help Them Develop Those Strategies. Ms. Ness Offers Suggestions for Overcoming Both of These Obstacles to Student Success
AS STUDENTS move up through the grades, the academic demands on them increase, and a great many of those increases come in the form of reading. While basic literacy is certainly a problem for some students, they are in the minority. Most of our middle...
Reading for Learning: Literacy Supports for 21st-Century Work: Being Able to Read to Learn Is More Important Today Than Ever before. the Authors Share Their Approach to Helping Teachers Help Their Students Acquire This Crucial Ability
THE U.S. WORK force is changing. Professional and related occupations and service occupations will be the fastest-growing sectors for the foreseeable future. (1) Both demand strong communication skills for sharing complex ideas across diverse communities....
Revolution from the Faculty Lounge: The Emergence of Teacher-Led Schools and Cooperatives: In a Movement That Is Spreading throughout the Country, Teachers Are Forming Cooperatives and Contracting to Run Schools. with This Professional Empowerment, Mr. Williams Shows, Comes the Flexibility to Make Instructional Decisions That Are Responsive to Students' Changing Needs
IN RECENT years there has been a growing acceptance of the idea that "the school" must be the fundamental unit of reform in education. Philanthropists and business leaders have seized upon the practical idea of improving school systems by improving...
Schooling, Careers, and the Future
AFTER years of trying to figure out why the public school bureaucracy has clay feet, I think I may have an answer. It is not very good at multitasking. When the demands it faces get harder and the messages about what to do seem to run counter to one...
School's Impact out of School
DESPITE recent passage of the "America Competes Act," we can hope that the obsession with mathematics and science will abate somewhat. People as disparate as Rep. George Miller (DCalif.) and Chester Finn and Diane Ravitch (see "Not by Geeks Alone,"...
The Failure of Failure
"KIDS ALL OVER the country are counting the days until school's out and awaiting year-end report cards, but not too anxiously. After all, very few will fail even if teachers feel they should, leaving some to wonder what lesson that's teaching." ...
The Power of Key: Celebrating 20 Years of Innovation at the Key Learning Community: The Key Learning Community in Indianapolis Was the First School in the World to Base Its Approach on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Ms. Kunkel, Key's Principal, Reflects on the School's Continuing Growth and Success-Even in the Face of Pressures to Standardize-And Shares the History of Its Founding
IN THE EARLY 1980s, eight teachers from Indianapolis Public School #113 decided that they were not happy with the direction in which education was then heading. So they began sharing books and articles in a formal effort to inform and improve their...
The Public Schools and the Challenge of the Supreme Court's Integration Decision; the High Court's Complex Decision in the Seattle and Louisville Desegregation Cases Limited the Means School Officials Can Use to Seek Diversity, but, the Authors Argue, We Should Not Lose Sight of the Goal
THIS PAST June, a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court declared integration plans in Louisville and Seattle unconstitutional because of their focus on race as one factor in assigning students to schools. The Court's ruling in the Parents Involved...
True Diversity?
SINCE at least 1993, Massachusetts law has required the state education agency to develop standards for curricula for all public elementary and secondary schools "to inculcate respect for the cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity of the Commonwealth...
Van Horn's Rules
WARREN Buffett's first rule is "Never lose money." His second rule is "Never break rule 1." Years ago, Isaac Asimov issued three rules for the robots in his book I, Robot. His first rule was "Never harm a human being." If these people can have rules,...
What Is Personalization? Perhaps More Than Ever, Today's Schools Need to Produce Lifelong Learners Who Can Adapt to a Rapidly Changing World. Mr. Keefe Offers an Idea That Has Been with Us for Decades That Just Might Satisfy That Need
IN THE long history of formal education, schooling has rarely been personalized. It would be easy to compile a long list of famous individuals from the past who have been expelled from schools for their purported inability to learn. It is interesting...

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