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. 97, No. 8, May

A Letter to PDK Members
As longtime members of PDK International, Joshua Starr and I feel privileged to lead an organization that has served public education so well and so thoughtfully for more than a century. Few CEos and boards can say that their organization has lasted...
A University and District Partnership Closes the Research-to-Classroom Gap: San Francisco's Schools and Stanford University Teamed Up to Focus Research That Provides Real-World Answers That Are Put into Practice
San Francisco Unified School District's Assistant Superintendent Bill Sanderson needed data. It was 2010, and the district's board of education had just passed a resolution to pilot an ethnic studies course in a set of its high schools. The goals for...
ESSA and Rural Teachers: New Roads Ahead? A Renewed Focus on Innovation and Flexibility under ESSA Could Provide a Recipe for Establishing New Ways to Recruit, Develop, and Retain Teachers in Rural Schools
Of all the unique contexts overlooked by the last decade of education reforms, those of poor, rural communities were particularly underappreciated--perhaps because the dais from which national politics presides and media reports is largely a metropolitan...
ESSA Offers Changes That Can Continue Learning Gains
The new ESSA law encourages schools to follow the practices of many other schools that have significantly raised achievement levels for low-income and minority youth. It also helps educators find schools to learn from. The Every Student Succeeds...
ESSA Opens School Door to Social-Emotional Learning: The Every Student Succeeds Act Offers Educators an Opportunity to Recognize the Importance of Developing the Social-Emotional Skills of Their Students as Tools for Academics and Life
By any definition, my father was a self-made man. Growing up poor in Boston during the Great Depression, his options in life were severely limited. He graduated from high school, but college was never a consideration. He used to joke with my Harvard-educated...
Every Teacher Should Succeed with Data Literacy
More than its predecessor, ESSA calls on teachers to integrate data into their practice for the good of students. It is a complex yet ultimately achievable goal. For more than a decade, policy makers have emphasized the importance of data in education...
Examining Text Complexity in the Early Glades: Choosing Texts for Early-Grade Students Is Critical If Educators Hope to Reach the Common Core Goal of Improving Reading Skills
The text-complexity standard in the Common Core was created with the goal of all students being college- and career-ready at the end of 12th grade. The Common Core authors argued that college and workplace texts are significantly more complex than...
History and Evidence Show School Sports Help Students Win: Blaming School Sports for Academic Inattention and Bloated Budgets Is a Popular Move, but the Evidence Shows Sports Have Positive Effects for Students
Just over half of all high school students in the United States report being involved in school-sponsored sports (Koebler, 2011). It's a curious phenomenon unique to the U.S. public education system. At a basic level, sports and academics don't seem...
Inclusive STEM High Schools Increase Opportunities for Underrepresented Students
A distributed leadership model propels innovative STEM high schools to produce graduates ready for college and prepared to successfully major in STEM disciplines. Inclusive STEM high schools are relatively new in the U.S., yet they have policy implications...
Join a Club! or a Team-Both Can Make Good Citizens: Playing on a School Sports Team Prepares Youth for Engaging in Civic Life, but Students Gain as Much-And Maybe More-From Joining Other Extracurricular Activities at School
Evidence suggests that high school sports make students into active citizens. One study found that former high school athletes were more likely than their peers to volunteer regularly as young adults, vote, feel comfortable making statements in public,...
Let the Teachers Who Know Us, Test Us: Two Recent High School Graduates Call for an End to Corporate-Generated Standardized Tests
Education is a human right and the one great equalizer society can provide; it is for the good of all children and our society. Yet there is ongoing debate regarding the direction of American public education. We are college students, recently graduated...
Modern Student Speech and T-Shirt Jurisprudence: The Law regarding Students' Freedom of Expression at School Still Gives Administrators Broad Authority to Block Offensive Messages
Judicial standards of analysis have stayed fairly consistent on student freedom of expression. But the how and what of student speech has changed over time. When first recognized as an issue in the 1960s, the form of student speech was armbands, sit-ins,...
Quality Coaching Counts
Sports participation can help students develop in many important ways --but that's not automatic. Ensuring that student-athletes reap the many benefits of sports begins with choosing and supporting the right coaches. When the subject of high school...
States as Change Agents under ESSA
Fewer federal mandates open the door to state creativity and innovation, but that raises questions about state capacity and removes the political cover that had been provided by federal rules. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), federal...
Swimming through Life: Individual and Team Sports Help Student-Athletes Develop Personal Attributes in Ways That May Not Be Available during the School Day
Waking up in the chilly dark of a Michigan morning, stoking themselves with chocolate milk and a granola bar, snuggling into the thickest hoodie they could find, and then driving to school in time for a 5:30 a.m. swim practice--that was a significant...
Teacher Autonomy Unchanged by Standards
Most math and English/ language arts teachers who have taught both under their state's previous standards and their state's current standards report having as much or more autonomy as before new standards were introduced, according to a comprehensive...
The Crucial Coaching Relationship: Coaches Can Prepare Kids for Success in Athletics, School, and Life by Focusing on Close Connections That Develop Character Skills
One of the most powerful ways to boost the payoff from school sports is by helping coaches build developmental relationships with student-athletes. This is more than just caring about kids. Developmental relationships are close connections through...
The Evolution of Quality Teaching and Four Questions for Change
Quality teaching should shift students' thinking and stretch their capacity. How do you measure that? The meaning of quality teaching has always been personal for me. It is personal both because it is informed by my own memories of teachers and...
The Next Generation of State Assessment and Accountability
The Every Student Succeeds Act enables states and districts to seize the opportunity to develop assessments that go beyond paper-and-pencil bubble sheets. What's involved in stepping up to that challenge? Assessment has long had a prominent--and...
You're OK, I'm OK: A Lesser-Known Branch of Research Is Beginning to Focus on Using Self-Efficacy to Help Principals Navigate the Increasingly Difficult Demands Placed on Them
In the third installment of the Harry Potter film series, a time-traveling Harry stands across a lake watching his past self succumb to evil forces on the opposite shore before his present self summons a difficult bit of magic to save his own life....
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