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. 95, No. 3, November

Bad Parental Behavior: School Policies Can Protect Staff and Send a Message to Parents That Disrespectful and Violent Acts at School Won't Be Tolerated
Few noneducators would suspect that being a teacher, principal, school bus driver, or coach might qualify as hazardous occupations. But, time and again, school personnel find themselves fearing for their personal safety. These days, a disagreement...
Best Practice for Spreading Innovation: Let the Practitioners Do It: An Alabama Nonprofit Spreads Best Practices, Especially around High-Needs Schools by Enabling Practitioners to Learn from Each Other
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As we sat by the bright wall of windows in a school media center overlooking the narrow streets of inner-city Mobile, Ala., I noticed a hand waving enthusiastically at one of the tables and looked that way. "I now understand...
Common Core in the Real World: Created to Fix Problems That NCLB Either Started or Couldn't Fix Itself, the Common Core Faces Its Own Challenges-Seen and Unseen-During Implementation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Common Core has been in the news quite a bit of late. Conservatives have attacked it as a "Nanny State racket," while liberals denounced Common Core test results as "bunk" (Gewertz, 2013b). This year, legislators in nine...
Economists' View of Education Not All Bad
The growing presence and influence of economics in education has been discomfiting to those who view teaching and learning through the lens of the social sciences. But varying viewpoints can enhance our understanding of education reforms. Economists'...
Emerging Leader: Meeting Students Where They Are
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Crystal M. Timmons is a clinical assistant professor in the Lastinger Center for Learning, University of Florida, Jacksonville, where she teaches five graduate-level core courses, including differentiated instruction, culturally...
Good Teaching Goes Global
The achievement disparities of low-income and minority children are similar around the world. But so are the good teaching practices that help them improve their scores. "Sensei, kore wakarehen! Konnan douyatte surun?" Teacher, I don't understand!...
Harnessing the Power of Teacher Networks: Understanding Relationships within a School Can Help a Principal Leverage Support for New Ideas
A colleague who was studying a school's use of data began by following teachers' suggestions to talk with the instructional technology coordinator. Expecting a conversation about how technology enables data use, our colleague was surprised by the coordinator's...
How Ontario Spread Successful Practices across 5,000 Schools: By Building and Supporting Networks of Educators throughout the Province, Ontario Was Able to Develop a System Now Highly Regarded for Both Equity and Excellence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "There is such a range of rich professional learning opportunities that fuel a culture of collaboration among us. This investment by the Ontario Ministry of Education has nurtured meaningful dialogue about student achievement...
Innovation at the Core
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Improving classroom practice requires more than simply having good ideas. Educators must focus on developing technical, human, and social capital both inside and outside schools. Policy makers in the United States often...
Maker Movement Spreads Innovation One Project at a Time: Lessons Learned from the Grassroots Spreading of the "Maker Movement" Can Help Us Reimagine Schools and Foster a Mindset of Creativity and Innovation in Educational Settings
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The maker movement consists of a growing culture of hands-on making, creating, designing, and innovating. A hallmark of the maker movement is its do-it-yourself (or do-it-with-others) mindset that brings together individuals...
Rookie Teachers: The First 90 Days: The First Few Months for New Teachers Provide Opportunities to Teach Them Complex Skills That Will Help Improve Student Learning
Last month, I introduced the power of a dress rehearsal for rookie teachers. The next step comes when students show up and new teachers have to figure out what to do when challenges arise. What happens when students don't follow a classroom routiner...
Taking Success for All to Scale: A Program with a History of Raising Achievement of At-Risk Children Builds Local Capacity, Provides External Support, and Encourages Networking among Participating Schools
Never in the history of American education has the potential for evidence-based reform been as great. In education and other human service areas, evidence of effectiveness in rigorous evaluations is taking on increasing importance in policy and practice....
Teachers Empower Data: Data Are Meaningless until Teachers Add Their Expertise
As a self-described data geek, I never quite understood teachers who resisted using data to drive improvement in student achievement. As a teacher, I couldn't wait to get standardized test results back--to grab my highlighter, to see who made it over...
The Latest Twist on Spreading Innovation: One School at a Time
Innovation can come to the rescue of failing schools. But school officials and the consultants they employ must do so on a school-by-school basis. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Hoping to strengthen and quicken efforts to help all students engage deeply...
Today's Lesson: Self-Directed Learning ... for Teachers
Young educators are replacing professional development sessions and conferences with Twitter, blogs, and Edcamps as their preferred ways to learn and share new ideas. Feeling frustrated by the lack of professional innovation around him, Nicholas...
Trust and Learn
I have never trusted movie reviewers. Or TV critics. Or book reviewers. Or restaurant critics. Maybe because I spent my first career in the newspaper business and knew a lot of these folks, I learned early on that their taste wasn't necessarily my...
Uncovering Innovations That Are Invisible in Plain Sight
Positive deviants are individuals who face the same challenges as others and have the same resources but still manage to find ways to effectively address problems. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In one of his many guises, mystical Sufi character Nasirudin...
Visual Thinking Strategies = Creative and Critical Thinking: The Synergy That Occurs between Creativity and Critical Thinking Allows Powerful Learning to Occur
As the classroom lights dim, 5th graders jockey for better viewing positions. The facilitator introduces a projected image of Rembrandt's "Sketch at Jack's House" by saying, "Take a minute and look at this picture." After students have silently studied...
We Hide the Best Parts
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Get to know your students. All of them. It was my second week of teaching, and I was already beginning to see the cracks in my classroom management. I approached a veteran teacher who had a quiet, orderly room and asked...
What Do Parents Want?
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.--Buddha Nearly all parents want a strong curriculum in core subject areas, a focus on critical thinking skills, and for their children to learn good study habits, according to a recent survey...
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