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. 94, No. 2, October

10 Reasons to Flip: A Southern Minnesota School District Flipped Its Math Classrooms and Raised Achievement and Student Engagement
In fall 2009, the Byron School District near Rochester, Minn., faced a perfect storm of academic and financial challenges. Pushing from one direction was the dire need to order new high school math textbooks because the old ones were dog-eared and...
A Hopeful Future for the National Board: Although National Board Certification Is Highly Regarded in Education, the Organization Behind It Needs to Reshape and Refocus Itself So It Can Be a Meaningful Player in Washington
Education, business, and political luminaries from across the nation gathered at the luxurious beachfront Hotel Del Coronado near San Diego in May 1986 to unveil a vision for radically transforming teaching and improving student achievement. The Carnegie...
Before You Flip, Consider This: Leaders of the Flipped Classroom Movement Say Each Teacher Will Have a Different Experience, but Securing School Leadership Support, Time, and IT Resources Will Be Important to Every Effort
Flipping your class starts with asking ONE simple question. In 2007, when we embarked on our journey through what is now known as a flipped class, we asked: What is the best use of face-to-face time with students? Talking at our students for 30...
Blending Education for High-Octane Motivation: A Leading Thinker Sees Schools Using More Information Technology to Customize Learning and Make Them Radically Student-Centric
What will the school of tomorrow--the place that is outfitting students with 21st-century skills--look like? We know it won't be today's linear arrangement of students moving through grades and classes in lockstep; nor will it be solitary learning...
Build the Capacity of Teachers and Their Schools: Improve the Quality of Teachers and Teaching by Investing in Individual Teachers and Assessing Their Effectiveness While Also Improving the Schools Where They Work
Teachers are the most important school-level factor in students' learning. On that, reformers agree. However, consensus stops there as advocates for change promote divergent strategies for improvement. One approach, focusing on individual teachers,...
Can You DIG/IT? A Blended Learning, Competency-Based Class Introduces New Ways of Learning for Teens Deemed "At-Risk" in New York City
Youth who enroll in Digital Literacies, our blended learning technology course in New York City schools, are each emphatically unique, yet they are all students for whom traditional approaches to education have already failed. Because they're overage...
ED's Legal Arm Bulks Up: The Already Active Office of Civil Rights Could Accelerate in a Second Obama Term but Likely Would Curtail Its Actions in a Romney Presidency
Agree or not, the U.S Department of Education's legal enforcement office against discrimination--the Office of Civil Rights (OCR)--has been crystal clear in declaring the law for public schools. Observers seeking a legal perspective on education...
Focus PD on Student Learning: The Highest-Performing Nations Focus Professional Development on Improving Student Learning
High-performing systems in East Asia share a common focus on student learning. It is their beginning, middle, and end of education policy. This sounds obvious--and even a little fluffy--but many education systems would have to make significant changes...
Harder Than Rocket Science
As a rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner had a pretty good summer. He led the NASA team that figured out how to gently land Curiosity on Mars, unquestionably one of the most remarkable engineering feats of the century. He's one of those guys who you just...
How the Football Coach Can Help Principals and Teachers: Classroom Teachers Could Learn a Lot from the Football Coach-Specifically, How to Use Cutting-Edge Video Software to Improve Teaching Techniques
Athletic coaches have been known to sit toward the back of the room and draw X's and O's during professional development sessions. Like the rest of us, they're sometimes good at acting as if they're listening. Maybe they are or maybe they aren't--either...
Learning 21st-Century Skills Requires 21st-Century Teaching
Globalization, economic necessity, and low civic engagement compound the urgency for students to develop the skills and knowledge they need for success. The interconnectedness of our global economy, ecosystem, and political networks require that students...
Make-or-Break State Action: States Can't Have a 'Business as Usual' Approach If We Want Schools and Districts to Deliver on the Promise of the Common Core Standards
States have set into action a sea change of education delivery in the United States. Virtually every state in the country has committed to graduate each and every student and ensure that each and every one of them will be prepared for success in college,...
More Than Child's Play: Games Have Potential Learning and Assessment Tools: We Have the Technology, Experience, and Understanding to Engineer Simulations and Games That Are Assessments for Learning (Formative Assessments), Assessments of Learning (Summative Assessments), and Potentially Even Assessments as Learning Tools
Over the past 25 years, teachers' records of student progress have moved from printed grade books to spreadsheets. They used to look something like this: Now, thanks to technology, they often look something like this: Teachers are tracking the...
PDK Connection: Organizational News about PDK International
Emerging Leader: Focusing on leading people into education Jennifer Cuddapah has researched and written about people who change their career paths into education, and about preparing college students to become teachers. A 2011-12 PDK Emerging Leader,...
Sharing the Learning: Instead of Pushing More Responsibility for Learning onto Teachers, Let's Consider New Models in Which Students Assume Greater Responsibility for Their Own Learning
America's educational landscape features intriguing possibilities and daunting challenges. Instructional innovations present opportunities to enhance learning at the same time that external forces push teachers toward limited notions of teaching. Budget...
Suspension Used More with Black Students
Black students are far more likely than white and Hispanic students to be suspended from school, and nearly 200 districts reported that 20% or more of their students were suspended at least once during the school year, according to a new report by...
Take Back Your Time
By the time I started coaching principal Mark Sanders, he had become a master of crisis management. Each day, Sanders constantly crisscrossed the building, shutting down any challenge the school day could throw at him: graffiti in the boys' bathroom,...
Teaching Differently ... Learning Deeply: High Tech High Follows a Concept of Project-Based and Technology-Supported Learning in San Diego That Leads Students to a Differently Kind of Learning
It is 11 a.m. at High Tech High in San Diego, and Davon and Isabel are working at the back of a classroom. Isabel, a Mexican-American 10th grader, leans over a magazine article about teen pregnancy. Her face registers something between interest and...
The Fullness of Silence in the Classroom: Teachers Typically Demand Silence When They Want Students to Pay Attention or Focus on Their Own Work. There Are, However, Many More Meanings and Uses of Silence in the Classroom. Both Teachers and Students Use It as a Strategy for Teaching and for Learning
Silence is a form of classroom participation that is little understood. In addition to a focus on talk, silence is a useful strategy teachers can use to pay attention to students' silence, viewing silence as a stance that students consciously choose...
The One-Legged High Jumper and the Perils of Prediction: Predicting Success for Students Based on Their Background Is More Accurate in the Aggregate Than in Individual Situations, Where It Should Never Be Applied
Pretty much everyone in education knows student outcomes are deeply affected by family background--that poverty, parental education, family interaction, and ethnicity are strongly correlated with how well students do and with whether they graduate...
What Has President Obama Done? Personal Experiences and Political Restraint Have Influenced Obama's Record in Education. A Second Term Would Continue to Focus on Expanding Opportunities for Access to High-Quality Education
Like many leaders from modest backgrounds, Barack Obama credits his education for setting him on a path to success. "I'm standing here as President because of the education that I received," he declared in a June 2011 commencement speech at a Tennessee...
What Would a President Romney Do? A President Romney Would Continue Much of the Obama Education Agenda, but Would Ask Harder Questions about the Distinctions between State and Federal Government Roles
How would a President Romney tackle education? An answer requires keeping three things in mind. First, education is a minor issue in this election and would be a secondary concern for a Republican president focused on economic growth, the deficit,...
When the 96-Crayon Box Doesn't Cut It: A College Freshman Reminisces about High School and Calls for More Classes in STEM and the Arts and for More Community at Schools
Four years ago, when I first stepped into high school, I was mortified. The halls swarmed with over a thousand students, all buzzing and eager to find their lockers and reunite with friends. The sheer mass of students overwhelmed me. Teachers didn't...
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