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Dell'Angelo, Tabitha; Richardson, Lina – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2019
The authors argue that retention of teachers with a sense of purpose and passion is more important than the quantity of those who stay. They look closely at beginning teachers who graduated from a program focused on social justice and address the issue of retention in the profession.
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Teacher Characteristics, Social Justice, Urban Education
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Coombs Richardson, Rita; Vafa, Sherry; Litton, Freddie – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2017
By providing early access to education, early childhood and community-based programs are helping to close the achievement gap prevalent among children from impoverished homes.
Descriptors: Poverty, Access to Education, Achievement Gap, School Community Relationship
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Freedson, Margaret; Eastman, Wayne – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
Discussing ideologically opposing views of beginning reading, the authors trace the politics of reading curriculum in two racially diverse New Jersey school districts working to raise the literacy achievement of traditionally underserved students through socially just literacy education.
Descriptors: Ideology, Outcomes of Education, Beginning Reading, English Curriculum
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Stromsland, Frances C.; Lott-Jones, Jamie; Sok, Mary – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2016
By infusing social justice themes into social studies lessons and creating interdisciplinary units, educators not only changed the curriculum, but also created a school-wide culture of understanding and valuing human rights.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Social Studies, Interdisciplinary Approach, Civil Rights
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Tienken, Christopher H. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2014
Out-of-school, community demographic and family-level variables have an important influence on student achievement as measured by large-scale standardized tests. Studies described here demonstrated that about half of the test score is accounted for by variables outside the control of teachers and school administrators. The results from these…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Predictor Variables, Validity
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Davis, William Jeffrey – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2009
Involving communities in the process of curriculum development may not be novel, but it seems lacking with regard to controversial issues such as lessons on diverse family structures, homosexuality, and other special situations. Disparity in values and convictions can lead one person to support a decision, while another person might hold an…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Opinions, Homosexuality
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Chirichello, Michael – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2004
The principalship, as it is currently structured, makes the best teacher educators avoid formal leadership roles. Fewer and fewer leaders aspire to that level of leadership, causing a shortage of qualified principal applicants, particularly at the high school level. Even among assistant principals, managerial challenges drown out the appeal of…
Descriptors: Leadership, Teacher Educators, Assistant Principals, Principals
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Wilson, Michael; Tienken, Christopher – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2002
Describes a New Jersey program designed to help teachers understand and use state standards and test specifications to improve instruction, without merely teaching to the test, recommending that educators explore the processes of delineation, alignment, and calibration. This ensures that teachers understand the entirety of each subject area and…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Improvement, State Standards, Student Evaluation
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O'Neill, Maureen – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 1998
Describes Students Teaching AIDS to Students (STATS), a program that involved medical students teaching middle and high school students about AIDS and HIV, focusing on its implementation in one New Jersey school district. STATS required one classroom period to address HIV/AIDS prevalence, prevention, and common questions and misconceptions, and it…
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, College School Cooperation, Comprehensive School Health Education, Health Promotion