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. 6, March

A CALL for Improved School Leadership: Evaluating the Quality of One's Work Should Not Be Limited to Students and Teachers; Leaders Also Must Be Evaluated and Encouraged to Improve
The Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning (CALL) is a formative assessment that provides feedback to schools on the research-based leadership practices necessary to improve teaching and learning. Instead of focusing on an individual leader,...
An Intervention Improves Student Reading
The Jehanabad school district lagged in student attendance and performance--until someone noticed that the problems were related. More effective teaching attracted and kept more students. The school stood in the middle of rice fields in Jehanabad,...
Assessments Can Help Common Core Teaching
A standard can tell you what you need to teach. Only your students' work can tell you what they actually learned--or didn't. Nikki Jones' classroom is silent except for the steady movement of pens on paper. Her 8th-grade students are hard at work...
Behind in Assessment and Losing the Shame Game
We should stop the shame and blame game punctuated by test score comparisons and listen to what Americans truly want from their public schools. After all, they are public. Whenever a new round of education test scores are released, media, policy...
Class Rank Weighs Down True Learning: Teaching and Grading Schemes That Work to Select the Most Talented Students Often Fail to Benefit All Students and to Notice Promising Students
As they consider reforms in policy and practice, educators face one basic question about their purpose. How they answer it will largely determine how they go about their work, especially in standards-based education environments. It also will establish...
Communication Is Key to Common Core: Educators Must Begin Now to Prepare Their Communities for How Assessments Will Change after Common Core Implementation
Most states have adopted the Common Core State Standards and are working to develop assessments that align with those new standards. Yet two-thirds of Americans have never heard of the standards or the assessments (Bushaw & Lopez, 2013). Given...
Dangerous Conversations: Persistent Tensions in Teacher Education
There is a long history of teacher education negotiating the tension between intellectual rigor and meeting the needs of filing classrooms with teachers who will meet the demands of their employers. Up to the 1830s. teaching was mostly a profession...
Deconstructing the Pyramid of Prejudice
On the surface, negative comments by students about race, gender, or sexual preference may seem to be part of the benign banter of youth, but they're exactly where teachers should start their battle--and lessons--to build a better child and world....
Emerging Leader: Teaching Leadership
Rebecca Cheung is academic coordinator of the Principal Leadership Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Before that she was a middle-school principal, an elementary school principal, and a classroom teacher. You attended the prestigious...
Even Math Requires Learning Academic Language
While new English learners can quickly learn the language for social situations, learning English for academic purposes is a more complex challenge. Teachers can help by employing thoughtful strategies. "Why are these kids failing math? Isn't math...
Father Knows Best: Generosity and a Sense of Community Support and Participation Should Extend Further Than One's Own Neighborhood
"Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities." --President Lyndon Baines Johnson, State of the...
Growing Income Inequality Threatens American Education: Rising Economic and Social Inequality Has Weakened Neighborhoods and Families in Ways That Make Effective School Reform More Difficult
America has always taken pride in being the land of opportunity, a country in which hard work and sacrifice result in a better life for one's children. Economic growth has made that dream a reality for generations of Americans, including many people...
How I Learned the Value of a True PLC
There's lot of talk about PLCs, but execution often is lacking. It's really a straightforward concept that when done with consistency can yield dramatic gains in student achievement. Ten years into teaching math, I was getting my principal's license...
Lessons on Writing, Collaboration, and Empathy: One Student's Experience Cowriting and Editing a Book Helped Him See Himself and His Classmates Differently
When first asked to write my chapter for 30 Days to Empathy, I was not sure how to approach it. My effort level is different for different tasks I am given to do for school. When I understood the gravity and possible effect this book could have on...
Predicting Student Futures
How accurate are teachers' hunches about whether students will drop out or enroll in college? Are teachers better at these predictions than sophisticated early warning systems data? States and districts are investing in early warning systems that...
Retool State-to-District Intervention for Better Outcomes: Moves by State Education Departments to Improve Struggling Districts Are Hampered by a Focus on Tactics Rather Than Strategy, Insufficient Capacity Building, and Community Input
When school districts chronically underperform, we now expect state departments of education to step in. But are these state agencies positioned to take charge and do what the districts have not done? Can the state succeed where the district has failed?...
School Districts Pursue Parents Who Cross the Line: Parents Who Fake a Residence in a District to Get a Child into a Better School or on a Better Sports Team Are Facing a Growing Legal Backlash That Threatens Fines, Restitution, and Even Jail
They're called boundary jumpers: parents who falsely claim to live in a certain place to get their child into a better school. Many consider it an honorable lie. But for the school districts that create attendance zones to reflect neighborhoods, prevent...
Student-as-Client
Metaphors help us understand students' role in education. Are students products, consumers, or clients? In Democracy and Education, John Dewey calls active student engagement an essential factor of learning and education. "Making the individual...
Unplug the Kids: Technology Isolates Children from Each Other and May Be Hampering Their Communication and Collaboration Skills
My elementary-aged children would rather stay inside and watch TV or play on the iPad than go outside and run around, play catch, or ride a bike. My middle school child could play Minecraft for six hours without stopping to eat, and my friends' middle...
Visit Europe with PDK
Kappan editor-in-chief Joan Richardson will lead a PDK International trip to Paris and Amsterdam from Oct. 6-15, 2014. The 10-day trip will blend professional development and sightseeing. Travelers will visit the Organization for Economic Cooperation...
Where's the Revolution: Bringing Creative Thinking and Personalization into All Classrooms Would Be a True Revolution Learning
Every education system in the world is being reformed at the moment. And it's not enough. Reform is no use anymore because that's simply improving a broken model. What we need is not evolution but a revolution in education. --Sir Ken Robinson (2010)...
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