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Eaton, Annelise; Poulos, Jennifer; Stevens, Alison B.; Anderson, Janet – American Educator, 2018
The scholarly learning environment that characterizes the Mildred Avenue K-8 School, today seemed impossible five years ago, when the school was among the lowest performing in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Between 2004 and 2013, the average tenure for a principal at the school was just 18 months, with five new principals arriving during those…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Urban Schools, School Turnaround, Public Schools
Preston, Harry F., V – American Educator, 2016
Professional educators--in the classroom, library, counseling center, or anywhere in between--share one overarching goal: ensuring all students receive the rich, well-rounded education they need to be productive, engaged citizens. In this article, a teacher of color in Baltimore discusses his career trajectory, and explains why teacher diversity…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Diversity (Faculty), Minority Group Teachers, Males
Barlowe, Avram; Cook, Ann – American Educator, 2016
For more than two decades, the New York Performance Standards Consortium, a coalition of 38 public high schools, has steered clear of high-stakes testing, which superficially assess student learning. Instead, the consortium's approach relies on performance-based assessments--essays, research papers, science experiments, and high-level mathematical…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Performance Based Assessment, High Schools, Public Schools
Allensworth, Elaine – American Educator, 2012
Teachers tend to leave schools where they feel ineffective. At the same time, it's harder to be effective in schools with the lowest levels of student performance, schools that are most in need of effective teaching. There is a pressing need to improve the quality of instruction in urban schools to reduce long-standing inequities in educational…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Teacher Effectiveness, Racial Composition, Race
Prince, Cynthia D. – American Educator, 2002
Analyzes the complexity of attracting well-qualified teachers to struggling urban schools in impoverished neighborhoods, focusing on the impact of teacher quality on student achievement, the evidence that teachers regularly migrate out of low-performing schools, and the potential solution that lies in offering incentives to well-qualified teachers…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives, Labor Turnover
Koppich, Julia E. – American Educator, 2002
Asserts that monetary incentives will not induce teachers to take on difficult jobs in impoverished urban schools. New York City's Extended Time Schools have an extra 40 minutes each school day to be used for small group instruction and professional development. This initiative is turning around the toughest schools with the most challenging…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Extended School Day, Faculty Development
Fischer, Stephanie – American Educator, 2001
Describes the work of one educator and advocate for children's rights in Hyderabad, India, who founded a system of community-run schools in the slums to offer access to education to all children in the area, none of whom had previously attended school. The schools are funded by government sources and the community. Parent empowerment and community…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
Feldman, Sandra – American Educator, 1997
Reveals the lack of educational standards in America's poor urban public schools and explains why poor children are getting beyond third grade without being able to properly read. Promotional policies are discussed as well as the teacher's role in promotional decisions. It argues for adoption of explicit, commonly shared, grade-by-grade academic…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Improvement, Educationally Disadvantaged
American Educator, 1998
"Order in the Classroom" tests assumptions about what works to create a good classroom environment using longitudinal student data and information about policies in the schools the students attended. Evidence is presented that shows the true link between school disorder and student achievement. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Discipline, Educational Policy
Michie, Greg – American Educator, 1998
Illustrates, through the example of a classroom "trial" in an urban junior high school, how letting students control classroom discussion (within an orderly overall framework) set the stage for increased learning and better student participation. (SLD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Discipline
American Educator, 1999
Describes two programs from "Blueprints for Violence Prevention," a publication of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (University of Colorado): Bullying Prevention and Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies. These programs help school-age children understand and deal with their feelings. Includes resources for dealing with…
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Bullying, Elementary Secondary Education, Prevention
Urbanski, Adam – American Educator, 1986
Reviews "Our Last Term: A Teacher's Diary" by Lucille G. Natkins. Argues that this book, a log of events that occurred during the author's long career of teaching social studies, presents a practitioner's realistic account of conditions in urban schools. (Includes an excerpt from the book). (KH)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, School Safety, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Williams, Debra – American Educator, 1996
The high mobility of urban students results in reduced achievement and difficult learning and teaching conditions. The situation is complicated by the lack of a common curriculum even among schools in the same city. Transfers will never be eliminated, but standardizing curriculum delivery would reduce some of the associated problems. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum, Educational Environment, Educational Mobility
Mandell, Jeff – American Educator, 1999
Describes the effects the privately-funded Horizon Scholarship program, a tuition-voucher program, has on a poor urban school district in San Antonio (Texas). The program reduces funding to the public schools as fewer students attend and it often leaves the most needy students in the public schools. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Private Schools
Winik, Lyric Wallwork – American Educator, 1998
Describes a bookstore established for and run by students at an elementary school in New York City. Students are paid for work as cashiers and store personnel with certificates for free books. An editor's note describes the growth of the program, which now buys in volume and supplies many schools around the country. (SLD)
Descriptors: Books, Bookstores, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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