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. 96, No. 3, November

Can Computers Make the Grade in Writing Exams? the New Common Core Writing Exams May Use Computer Algorithms to Assess Student Work
Last year, I presented several professional development workshops on the Common Core State Standards to school districts across Illinois. Inevitably, we arrive at the Core's writing standards, and we discuss the new writing requirements for the PARCC...
Common Core
These skill areas are similar to those often described as "the four C's" of 21st-century skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity (Beers, 2011). Labels and minor differences aside, systematically building these skills...
Creating Digital Authors: Given Access to the Technology, Encouragement, and Assistance, Even Elementary School Students Can Become Engaged and Enthusiastic Digital Authors
As you enter the elementary classroom, students are posting online sticky notes, searching for video clips, creating graphic organizers, and recording their voices. Some talk with peers, read snippets of their writing to their table groups, provide...
E-Text and E-Books Are Changing the Literacy Landscape: Digital Technology Is Beginning to Offer an Array of Multimedia and Multimodal Devices and Applications That Promise to Help Struggling Readers and Engage All Learners
The digital world is expanding the reading palette, offering readers--especially readers who struggle with printed text--new possibilities to engage in books and text enhanced with media and learning supports. The shift from reading the page to reading...
Fact or Fiction? Libraries Can Thrive in the Digital Age: Legal Restrictions, Further Technology Development, and an Industry That Has Yet to Find Its Footing Pose Challenges and Opportunities to School Librarians Who Are Trying to Go Digital
Walk through the doors of a school library that has successfully navigated the shift to a modern, physical, and virtual learning commons, and things will look different from what adults remember from their school days. Today's school library uses an...
Homework Skirmishes Go to Court: Courts Have Tended to Leave the Question of Homework-How Much and How Often-To Local Schools and Local School Boards, Which Is the Proper Venue for Deciding Such Issues
When Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal recently sued the U.S. Department of Education in opposition to the Common Core, he pointed to his son's math homework as the last straw. The governor, however, is not the only parent to rail against a tradition...
Literacy Instruction in the Brave New World of Technology: Integration of Technology in Language Arts Instruction Has Been Slow and Tentative Even as Information Technologies Have Evolved with Frightening Speed
In a famous episode of "The Office," Dwight Schrute defends the paper industry by arguing that the Internet is a fad that will soon run its course. By 2006, when the episode aired, viewers realized that this contention was absurd. The Internet, together...
Maryanne Wolf: Balance Technology and Deep Reading to Create Biliterate Children: Every Child Needs a Repertoire of Digital Skills, but Educators Also Must Ensure That Children Develop the Deep Reading Skills of an Expert Reader over Time
KAPPAN: You've said that reading is essentially an unnatural process, that it's an acquired skill. It's not like seeing or speaking or tasting or anything like that. That made me wonder what really is reading? What do we mean when we say someone is...
Moving Ahead after November Elections: Perhaps the Greatest Promise of the November National and State Elections Is That Congress and Statehouses Find Common Ground, and New Leaders May Emerge to Move the Nation toward Addressing Sorely Neglected Education Issues
The November midterm elections will no doubt bring significant changes to the nation's political landscape. The variety of races coupled with the extreme polarization among voters sets the stage for some potentially important changes in leadership...
One Thousand Words, Plus a Few More, Is Just Right: A Picture May Be Worth 1,000 Words, but Just a Few of the Right Words in the Right Places Can Add Clarity and Meaning to Students' Technically Focused Multimedia Presentations
Students have many occasions to read and create text that is not linear and discursive but that can provide a rich mix of words and images that help readers navigate to make meaning. The adage that "one picture is worth a thousand words" may lead students...
PDK. Emerging Leaders Speak Out
Q. Clearly students are becoming more proficient in math, English language arts, and science. But is America falling down in preparing them for 21st-century citizenship? LEADER 1 DANIELLE V. DENNIS Dennis an associate professor at the University...
Rock, Paper, iPhone
Charles Herndon has scoured the fields and the Lake Erie shore along Ohio's Kelleys Island for most of his 60 years, seeking boulders that carry a story that he can reveal. Stone sculptures litter the outdoor gallery at his home, and dozens more occupy...
Social-Emotional Skills: Can Boost Common Core Implementation: Students Can More Easily Meet the Common Core's Tougher English Language Arts Standards If They Develop Critical Social-Emotional Learning Skills before or as They Go Along
What's been surprisingly left out of discussions about the Common Core State Standards is the existence of an underlying set of attributes and competencies necessary for content-area success. Wraga (2010) says this reflects a narrow definition of what...
Tapping Technology's Potential to Motivate Readers: Technology Isn't Inherently Motivational to Students, but Teachers Can Employ a Variety of Strategies That Can Harness Technology to Promote Student Engagement
Teachers often tell me that we should incorporate technology into the English language arts classroom because it motivates students. It is difficult to argue with this premise. I've seen kindergarten students engrossed in a shared writing experience...
The Primary Years Agenda: Strategies to Guide District Action: Momentum Is Growing to Improve Learning and Care during the Early Years, Creating Significant Opportunities for Schools and Districts to Address Gaps
School districts on the leading edge of the Birth through 3rd-Grade movement have demonstrated unprecedented success raising the achievement of low-income students by developing coherent strategies focused on the early years of learning and development....
Two Languages Are Better Than One: Bilingual Education Could Improve Education Outcomes in One of the World's Poorest Nations
In one of the world's poorest countries, a model of bilingual education is emerging that could have a substantial effect on the nation. Landlocked, sub-Saharan Burkina Faso has battled high illiteracy and high dropout rates since gaining independence...
Why I Turned Down a $5,000 Bonus: The Success of His Students Was the Work of Many Hands So His Conscience Wouldn't Let Him Accept Extra Money
As I walked into the office on my way to take part in collective bargaining, the HR director pulled me aside: "We have a contract for you to sign. Then we can get you your check!" she said. "Check for what?" I asked. "It says here you've been...
Wondering + Online Inquiry = Learning: Online Information Sources Can Form the Basis of Effective Inquiry-Based Learning If Teachers Construct Assignments to Promote Collaboration, Communication, and More Inquiry
Learning what happens as elementary school children read and make meaning of the text and images they see is fascinating, especially when the reading is done in the context of children's interactions with each other and with online information. But...
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