Magazine article National Forum

Note from the Guest Editor

Magazine article National Forum

Note from the Guest Editor

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This year marks the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's 100th anniversary. Not many organizations last as long as this one has, and its 100th year finds it more vital than ever, with over 275 chapters and nearly 120,000 active members. This special issue focuses on part of the theme of the upcoming Centennial Celebration, "Excellence in Education." During the past century many wonderful events have happened in educating our nation's children, and many criticisms have been leveled at the effectiveness of our educational systems. We have chosen to celebrate real and positive people and events who are making significant, and we believe, lasting marks on the quality of education now and as we move into the next century.

Leading off the issue is a congratulatory message from First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Long known for her work with children and education, Mrs. Clinton discusses how education is essential to maintaining our political process, how an educated citizenry can see past the old stereotypes to a new era of cooperation for positive change. Next, John Goodlad, one of the architects of the current education reform movement, creator of the Goodlad Postulates, and co-director of the Center for Educational Renewal, discusses the history of the reform movement and what phase it is moving into in the next five years, building more and more partnerships between colleges of education and public schools all over the United States.

Thomas Hatch and Steve Seidel of Harvard Project Zero then outline a program to reinvigorate public schools through parental involvement in assessing student work directly through meetings over student portfolios, by teachers sharing ideas about assessing student work through group evaluations of work, and by opening the schools to communities so that everyone can see student portfolios on display. Following that is an article by Paul Schwarz and Deborah Meier outlining how they have applied that basic plan at the Central Park East Secondary Schools in New York City over the past fifteen years, as teachers, students, parents, and community combine to create model schools. …

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