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. 99, No. 7, April

A Wider Vision of Learning: In the Harbor Freight Fellows Initiative, High-Potential Students Who Struggle in Traditional CTE Programs Demonstrate Their Ability to Learn outside School
Actor Peter Falk, made famous by his role as Columbo in the eponymous 1970s television series, once shared a story about his glass eye. When he was three years old, he explained, he had retinoblastoma and had to have his right eye removed. Years later,...
Do Students' High Scores on International Assessments Translate to Low Levels of Creativity?
In a previous issue of Phi Delta Kappan, Yong Zhao (2012) urged readers to stop worrying so much about the relatively poor performance of American students on measures such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which compares...
How School Counselors Make a World of Difference: The Multifaceted Work of School Counselors Helps Prepare Students Academically and Emotionally for Life beyond School
Long considered an integral part of a school's support system, school counselors bring a wealth of insight and resources to a variety of student-centered issues. As part of a team of mental health experts, school counselors work with students individually...
Let's Be Precise about Personalization: It's a Mistake to Describe Personalized Learning as Though It Were a Whole New Educational Model. to Make Schools More Responsive to Students' Needs, Focus on the Specifics
As a district cabinet member and superintendent, I spent countless hours in planning sessions, retreats, and other meetings where system leaders are supposed to come up with a new strategic vision for their schools. Often, the day would begin with...
Making Sense of Student Agency in the Early Grades: The Author Suggests a Conceptual Framework to Help Teachers Understand the Critical but Elusive Concept of Student Agency
Fifteen years ago, when I was a new teacher, a kindergartner taught me about student agency. His name was Jackson, and one day I noticed him drawing furiously in his journal. "Tell me about your picture," I said. "Bush hog," he replied. Having lived...
Making the Most of Instructional Coaches: Although Coaching Shows Promise for Professional Development, Some Instructional Coaches Are Spread Too Thin to Focus on Instruction
Instructional coaching is among the fastest-growing forms of support for teachers' professional learning (Darling-Hammond et al., 2009), and for good reason. When compared to other common forms of teacher professional development, such as one-day workshops,...
Peer Mentoring to Support First-Generation Low-Income College Students: Matching Incoming College Students with Older Peers like Them Can Help Ease Their Transition and Show Them a Way to Persist When the Path Gets Tough
By definition, first-generation college students cannot rely on family members' insider knowledge of higher education to guide them on the path to college. They may have access to school counselors, mentors, or older friends to help them map out their...
School Nurses: An Investment in Student Achievement: Students Enter School with a Variety of Mental and Physical Health Needs, and School Nurses Are on the Front Line of Addressing Them
Juaquin has his head down again. Is he asleep (again) or not feeling well (again)? Nevaeh is back after being gone for nearly three weeks at the beginning of the school year. Will she be able to catch up? Clara made it to class, but she seems distracted....
School Social Workers as Partners in the School Mission: The Comprehensive Services School Social Workers Provide Can Address Many Barriers to Student Learning. but Schools Don't Always Take Full Advantage of These Professionals' Skills
The best teachers know that they need to employ numerous strategies to reach their students. The best school social workers are much the same--they draw on a wide range of skills and knowledge to serve students in a myriad of ways. Frustratingly,...
Shootings Bring More Questions Than Answers: How Can Educators Move Forward after Students Are Killed at School? Start by Trying to Regain Some Semblance of Control
In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, teachers, principals, and superintendents everywhere have questions. "We're expected to play so many roles these days, from social worker to parent to nurse, and now we're...
Teacher Leadership to Support English Language Learners: To Improve Instruction and Services for All English Language Learners, Teachers Are Stepping into Leadership Roles
At a time when school districts across the country are experiencing fast-growing enrollments of English language learners (ELLs), many K-12 educators are asking what they can do to meet those students' needs. For example, what does it mean to teach...
The Gifted Gap
Although high-poverty schools are just as likely as low-poverty schools to offer some sort of gifted education, the students in low-poverty schools are twice as likely to actually participate in these programs. That's according to a new study from...
The Plight of Puerto Rico:`What Does the Future Hold for Puerto Rico's Public Schools in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria?
When Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico last fall, it became the worst of many natural disasters to hit the U.S. in 2017. Puerto Rico's situation was out of the ordinary, but in an age of dramatic climate change and unpredictable weather, every...
The State of Teacher Tenure: As States Change Their Teacher Tenure Rules, They Must Take Care Not to Revoke Rights They Have Previously Granted
Originally enacted to protect against potential evils in state and local employment systems, such as nepotism, arbitrary dismissal, and political favoritism, tenure has become a common expectation of teacher employment. State teacher tenure laws are...
What a Difference a District Can Make: An Interview with Meredith Honig: While They're Often Overlooked in Education Policy Debates, District Central Office Staff Can Play Critical Roles in Improving Schools and Ensuring Student Success
KAPPAN: After we announced the theme of this month's issue of Kappan--on the many adults, beyond teachers and principals, who matter to student success--we received manuscripts about a variety of people who work directly with children: Librarians,...
What We All Need to Know about Vaping: Far from a Safe Alternative to Cigarettes, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices Present the Same Risks of Addiction as Other Forms of Tobacco Use
On September 20, 2005, my recurring childhood nightmare came true. Lung cancer killed my father. I knew his addiction to nicotine was so powerful that it would one day beat him because I watched this very strong and stubborn man try and try and try...
Who Matters?
For years, critics of test-based school accountability have pointed out that when schools face pressure to raise students' scores in math and reading, they tend to respond by doubling down on those two subject areas and cutting back on the teaching...
Who's Really Driving Student Outcomes? School Bus Drivers Not Only Get Students to School Safely, They Help Create a Positive Attitude toward Learning
When I was a student, I took many unremarkable bus rides to and from middle school, but today's ride was anything but ordinary. Approaching my first stop, I switched on the manual ambers. My palms were sweating as I engaged the parking brake and opened...
Who Works in Schools?
As of fall 2015, more than 6 million people were employed in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools. (In the 1949-50 school year, that number was just 1.3 million.) Teachers 49.37% Instructional aides ...
Why School Librarians Matter: What Years of Research Tell Us: When Schools Have High-Quality Library Programs and Librarians Who Share Their Expertise with the Entire School Community, Student Achievement Gets a Boost
Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between high-quality library programs and student achievement (Gretes, 2013; Scholastic, 2016). Data from more than 34 statewide...
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