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Zimmermann, Laura; Foster, Lindsey; Golinkoff, Roberta Michnick; Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy – American Educator, 2019
The last 15 years have witnessed a quiet revolution in the understanding of spatial skills, and the authors are finding that these all-important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies are rooted in spatial knowledge. Spatial skills are the tools use to visualize and navigate the world. Spatial skills allows people to…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, STEM Education, Play, Toys
Costello, Maureen; Dillard, Coshandra – American Educator, 2019
In a recent report, "Hate at School," from which this article is excerpted, the authors identified 821 school-based incidents that were reported in the media in 2018. By comparison, the K-12 educators who responded to a new questionnaire reported 3,265 such incidents in the fall of 2018 alone. Findings included the following: (1) More…
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Social Bias, Racial Bias, Jews
Kahlenberg, Richard D.; Potter, Halley; Quick, Kimberly – American Educator, 2019
Public schools have always been meant to provide all children with the skills and knowledge to become successful participants in the economy. But currently, a second important purpose of public education has become more salient: to promote social cohesion in a diverse and fractured democracy. As ugly and naked racism in America is further…
Descriptors: Racial Integration, School Desegregation, Public Schools, Democracy
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)
Graham, Bob; Weingarten, Randi – American Educator, 2018
Following a shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students from that school began to take matters into their own hands, meeting and networking on social media, speaking to the media, participating in vigils, organizing walkouts and demonstrations, establishing coalitions with others who share their outrage and goals, and…
Descriptors: Civics, Student Participation, Activism, Weapons
Willingham, Daniel T. – American Educator, 2018
In this regular "American Educator" column, findings from the field of cognitive science that are strong and clear enough to merit classroom application are considered. Research over the last 10 years measuring whether participants learn better when new content fits their purported learning style shows little to no support for style…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Science
Maier, Anna; Daniel, Julia; Oakes, Jeannie; Lam, Livia – American Educator, 2018
This article chronicles the history of community schools and identifies common features, or "pillars," that are associated with high-quality community schools. It is drawn from "Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence," a report that examined 143 research studies on community…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Improvement, Institutional Characteristics, Literature Reviews
Jones, Stephanie M.; Kahn, Jennifer – American Educator, 2018
The Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development united a broad alliance of leaders to speak with a unified voice about the urgency of integrating social and emotional development into the fabric of K-12 education. The commission convened a group of scientists, researchers, and academics across disparate…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Emotional Development, Social Development, Cognitive Development
McEachin, Andrew; Augustine, Catherine H.; McCombs, Jennifer – American Educator, 2018
The evidence suggests that many types of summer learning programs have the potential to reduce summer learning losses and perhaps create learning gains. However, implementing a summer program does not guarantee positive effects on students' learning. A key question then is: What factors make a summer learning program effective? This article, drawn…
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Program Effectiveness, Performance Factors, Best Practices
Quintero, Esther – American Educator, 2017
This article begins with the following quote from Harvard professor, Susan Moore Johnson: "Whatever level of human capital schools acquire through hiring can subsequently be developed through activities such as grade-level or subject-based teams of teachers, faculty committees, professional development, coaching, evaluation, and informal…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Cooperative Learning, Teamwork, Teacher Effectiveness
Gándara, Patricia – American Educator, 2017
By now, it is pretty much common knowledge that Latinos comprise the nation's largest minority group, both as a percentage of the population (17.6 percent) and as a percentage of school-age students (25 percent). That is, one in four K-12 students in the United States is Latino or Latina. While the related challenges are often overemphasized, the…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Demography, Barriers, Educational Opportunities
American Educator, 2016
More than 60 years after the ruling in "Brown v. Board of Education" was handed down, its promise remains unfulfilled. In many respects, America's public schools continue to be "separate and unequal." Indeed, the growing resegregation of American schools by race and ethnicity, compounded by economic class segregation, has…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Ethnic Diversity, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Group Students
Goldenberg, Claude; Wagner, Kirstin – American Educator, 2015
In the United States, bilingual education continues to provoke fierce debate. It seems that nearly everyone--from educators to policymakers to parents with school-age children to those without children--has a strong opinion on whether children with little fluency in English should be taught academic content in their home language as they learn…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Educational Practices, Educational Development, Educational History
Goldstein, Dana – American Educator, 2015
This article is excerpted from Marshall Project staff writer and author, Dana Goldstein's 2014 book, "The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession." It begins by describing Goldstein's experience traveling as an education reporter in the late 2000s and the incredible amount of political scrutiny under which the…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Educational History, Politics of Education, Public Schools
Mehta, Jal – American Educator, 2015
In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education released its now famous report, "A Nation at Risk," which warned of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in American schooling. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education but largely written by a group of prominent academics, "A Nation at Risk" invoked a crisis…
Descriptors: Risk, Research Reports, Position Papers, Content Analysis
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