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Ferlazzo, Larry; Sypnieski, Katie Hull – American Educator, 2018
With more than 35 years of combined experience teaching English language learners (ELLs), Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski understand how students learn. Together, they have written a series of books on the topic, and in this article they share their insights. Chief among them is that ELLs require particular instructional strategies to help…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Individualized Instruction, Student Motivation
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
Rutherford-Quach, Sara; Kuo, Annie Camey; Hsieh, Hsiaolin – American Educator, 2018
There are now powerful standards that make visible the connections among language, analytical practices, and content-area knowledge. Yet not all educators have access to adequate training, resources, or models to help them reconfigure the role of language in content-area learning, appropriately change instructional practices, and ensure all…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Language Usage, College Readiness
Dubin, Jennifer – American Educator, 2018
The Peer Support Partnership is an intensive, one-year mentorship program in which 11 veteran teachers work with approximately 150 of the 300 to 400 new teachers hired each year by the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), Texas. A joint effort of the SAISD and the local union, the program was created three years ago to improve teacher…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Beginning Teachers, Experienced Teachers, Partnerships in Education
Seidlitz, John – American Educator, 2018
Saul Ramirez, a middle school art teacher and chess coach, who had been an English language learner (ELL) and a former chess champion, knew how chess could change students' lives. His own experiences inspired him to start the Henderson Middle School chess team. Henderson is a low-income school located in one of the poorest zip codes in the United…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, English Language Learners, Teaching Methods
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
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
Abbott, Martha G. – American Educator, 2018
Today, growing legions of parents are advocating for second language learning in their local schools. These parents do not consider second language acquisition a skill that's just "nice to have," but one that is vital in an increasingly global environment. This environment requires Americans to equip themselves with languages that will…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Global Approach, Cultural Pluralism, Second Language Instruction
Barton, Craig – American Educator, 2018
In this article, the author asserts that asking and responding to diagnostic questions is the single most important part of teaching secondary school mathematics. He notes the importance of formative assessment and recommends a formative assessment strategy that requires students to be public about their answers to questions, displaying their…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
Shapiro, Sarah; Brown, Catherine – American Educator, 2018
Educators and schools have a responsibility to ensure that young people become engaged and knowledgeable citizens. A recent report on high school civics education nationwide, "The State of Civics Education," finds a wide variation in state requirements and levels of youth engagement. Only nine states and the District of Columbia require…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Educational Practices, State Standards
Weingarten, Randi; Snyder, Timothy; Allen, Danielle – American Educator, 2018
On January 10, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Albert Shanker Institute cosponsored a panel moderated by AFT President Randi Weingarten on the role that American education should play in responding to the threats confronting our democracy. Two leading public intellectuals, Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History…
Descriptors: Civics, Democracy, Democratic Values, Role of Education
Parsley, Danette – American Educator, 2018
The Northwest Rural Innovation and Student Engagement (NW RISE) Network connects rural educators in the Pacific Northwest to help them succeed in the profession and overcome the challenges caused by teacher isolation. In this article, the author takes stock of what was learned in the four years since the network was established. She also shares…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Professional Isolation, Social Networks, Teacher Associations
Koretz, Daniel – American Educator, 2018
In "The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better", the author's new book from which this article is drawn, the failures of test-based accountability are documented and some of the most egregious misuses and outright abuses of testing are described, along with some of the most serious negative effects. Neither good intentions…
Descriptors: Accountability, Testing, Testing Problems, Test Validity
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