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Espinosa, Linda M. – American Educator, 2018
As the population of children from birth to age 5 growing up with one or more languages other than English in the home continues to grow, and as many of these children participate in early care and education (ECE) programs, teachers and support staff will need to be prepared to work with dual language learners (DLLs) and their families. Most, if…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Students, English (Second Language)
Holthuis, Nicole; Deutscher, Rebecca; Schultz, Susan E.; Jamshidi, Arash – American Educator, 2018
As schools work to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), a team at Stanford University found that project-based learning is an effective framework for engaging students. The team used project-based learning, group activities, and performance-based assessments to design an effective, engaging curriculum. Over a three-year period,…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Group Activities, Performance Based Assessment
Ingersoll, Richard M.; Sirinides, Philip; Dougherty, Patrick – American Educator, 2018
Given the prominence of both instructional leadership and teacher leadership in the realms of school reform and policy, not surprisingly, both have also been the focus of extensive empirical research. But there have been limits to this research. It is, for example, unclear which of the many key elements of instructional leadership are more, or…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Role, Decision Making, Academic Achievement
Kitchell, Susan – American Educator, 2016
Susan Kitchell decided to become a school-based healthcare provider after working for more than twenty years in pediatrics and pediatric critical care at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. She needed a position with daytime hours within her field of expertise that allowed her time to spend with her family. She began working as a school nurse in…
Descriptors: School Nurses, Personal Narratives, School Health Services, Role
Rubinstein, Saul A. – American Educator, 2014
For most of the past decade, this author has studied union-management efforts to improve public education, and has witnessed extraordinary examples of teachers, union leaders, and administrators working together to improve teaching and learning. In this article, seven case studies on collaborative partnerships between teachers' unions and…
Descriptors: Unions, Labor Relations, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Motivation
Weingarten, Randi – American Educator, 2010
In a global knowledge economy, filling in the bubbles on a standardized test isn't going to prepare children to succeed in life. This is the time to shed the old conflicts and come together. In this article, the author suggests a new path forward--toward a 21st-century education system, a serious and comprehensive reform plan to transform U.S.…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Standardized Tests, Educational Change, Teaching Methods
Cohen, David; Hill, Heather; Kennedy, Mary – American Educator, 2002
Two papers examine the positive impact of professional development on student achievement. One discusses experiences in California which show that standards, assessment, and accountability are more likely to succeed when accompanied by extended opportunities for professional learning grounded in teachers' practice. The second explains that the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development
Jago, Carol – American Educator, 2001
Discusses the difficulty of creating recommended reading lists, examining the development of California's recommended reading list and suggesting that lists succeed or fail not because of a book that is or is not included but because of the range they suggest. Concludes that in order to be successful, a list needs constant revision by teachers,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Bibliographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Materials
Wells, Amy Stuart – American Educator, 1999
Studied charter schools in California, using case studies and more than 450 interviews with teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. Focused on four assumptions usually made about charter schools to show that these schools are not, for the most part, the highly autonomous, accountable, and efficient schools of choice promised by…
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrators, Case Studies, Charter Schools
Nelson, F. Howard – American Educator, 1999
Suggests some things that can be done to make charter schools more accountable and to promote innovation and diversity. Remedies are offered for the areas of (1) accountability; (2) funding; (3) choice and student characteristics; and (4) innovation and empowerment. (SLD)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrators, Case Studies, Charter Schools
American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1992
Offers excerpts from a California State Education Department publication on curriculum reform ("It's Elementary!") that describes what elementary school students should be learning in subject areas and highlights character education. The subject areas covered are language arts, mathematics, history-social science, and science. (JB)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Education
Cohen, David K. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1991
Observations of one teacher's approach to teaching second grade mathematics reveal a mixture of traditional and innovative techniques. The new teaching policy advocated by the revised California Mathematics Framework is not being implemented. The call for reform in education has increased the teacher's obligation without increasing resources to…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Policy
Gagnon, Paul – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1988
Reviews the California History-Social Science Framework, the new state curriculum guide for the teaching of elementary and secondary social studies. Emphasizes the Framework's focus on history and geography, and citizenship education. (FMW)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Curriculum
Ravitch, Diane – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1990
Discusses the controversy over multicultural education. Contrasts California's pluralistic approach with New York's particularistic approach. Argues for a multiculturalism that provides students with both an appreciation for America's racial and cultural diversity and a commitment to the common culture that unites all of us in America. (JS)
Descriptors: Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Bias
Crabtree, Charlotte – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1989
Discusses reforms of the traditional elementary school curriculum in the "History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve" (1987). Emphasizes a history-centered curriculum drawing widely on the social sciences and humanities and involving students in developmentally appropriate…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Developmental Programs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum
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