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Seher, Rachel; Traugh, Cecelia; Cheng, Alan – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
This article shows how City-As-School, a progressive public school in New York City, used descriptive inquiry to deepen shared decision making, which is a central value of the school and part of a democratic way of life. Descriptive inquiry is a democratic knowledge-making process that was developed at the Prospect School in North Bennington,…
Descriptors: Participative Decision Making, Public Schools, Teacher Leadership, Inquiry
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Knecht, Douglas R. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Given the current challenges facing our democracy in the United States, the role of public schools in forming habits of democratic practice in our citizenry is as important today as ever. To explore this urgent topic, the author interviewed 13 leaders of 10 New York City public schools committed to educating for and with democracy. Six patterns of…
Descriptors: Democracy, Public Schools, Empathy, Inclusion
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Hibler, David W.; Snyder, Jeffrey Aaron – Schools: Studies in Education, 2015
In this essay, the authors reflect on the ongoing teacher effectiveness debate. W. David Hibler is an experienced language arts teacher, who has taught in public high schools and middle schools in Alaska, North Carolina, and New York City. Jeffrey Aaron Snyder is a historian of education who writes about schooling in the twentieth-century United…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational History, Learner Engagement
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Knight, David; Wadhwa, Anita – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
In this article, we tackle the disadvantaging conditions of zero tolerance policies in school settings and advocate using an alternative approach--critical restorative justice through peacemaking circles--to nurture resilience and open opportunity at the school level. In the process, this article builds on theory and qualitative research and…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Rehabilitation Programs, Zero Tolerance Policy, Functional Behavioral Assessment
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Pereira-Webber, Colin; Pereira-Webber, Evelina – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
A death within a school is a traumatic event that touches everyone in the school community. How teachers, students, and administrators respond to loss has ongoing implications for the adaptation of all involved. Therapists Colin Pereira-Webber and Evelina Pereira-Webber explore the topic of loss within a school through a written dialogue. Drawing…
Descriptors: Death, Trauma, Grief, Urban Schools
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Lam, Bick-Har – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
By conducting in-depth interviews with new teachers who are about to become full-time teachers and then reinterviewing them two years later, the author of this article presents how beginning teachers think and feel about teaching and describes the challenges they face as beginning teachers in the context of Hong Kong. The stories of the teachers,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Beginning Teachers, Barriers, Interviews
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Lee, Moosung; Madyun, Na'im; Lam, Beatrice Oi-yeung; Jumale, Mustafa – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
We examine whether the "acting white" labeling practice and subsequent peer isolation exist (or do not exist) within Somali immigrant adolescents, one of the most underresearched black immigrant student groups, and what school contexts are associated with their presence (or absence). Using a case study, we found that high-achieving…
Descriptors: Immigrants, African American Students, Social Isolation, Adolescents
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Kaplan, Andy – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
The work of Colonel Francis W. Parker, the man whom Dewey called "the father of progressive education," provides a starting point for reconstructing the loose ambiguities of progressive education into a coherent social and educational philosophy. Although progressives have claimed their approach is more humane and sensitive to children, we need…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Progressive Education, Educational Practices, Educational Theories
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Hawkes, Glenn W.; Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
John Dewey was inspired by what he termed "the miracle of shared experience and shared communication." His faith in the power of individuals working in democratic association also included warnings of a darker side, the "monstrosities" that individuals can become when they live and work in isolation from others. In this…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Teaching (Occupation), Professional Isolation, Educational Change
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Tieman, John Samuel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
This essay is a call for a more psychoanalytically informed approach to educational psychology and teacher formation. To this end, the author gives an overview of a course in psychology that he recommends for inclusion in teacher education. This course is in two parts. The first part is an introduction to some important elements of psychoanalytic…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Teacher Education, Psychotherapy, Student Needs
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Vecellio, Shawn – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
In this article the author examines the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to argue for changes in "standards-based" perspectives and practices that grew out of No Child Left Behind. Drawing on an article by David T. Conley, cochairman of the Validation Committee for the CCSS, the author offers a new model for the professional…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Practices, Interdisciplinary Approach
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O'Connor, John S. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
Scoring SAT-style exam essays, John S. O'Connor is struck by the disconnection between the subject matter and students' personal lives. Further, O'Connor notes that such tests draw an alarming distinction between writing and "content"--as if the two are unrelated. O'Connor calls for a broader understanding of literacy, and he warns of dire…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Student Evaluation
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Pignatelli, Frank – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Regrettably, accountability has largely come to mean suffering externally imposed consequences if results on simplistic, reductive measures of success are not met. Just as worrisome, this notion of accountability is internalized, deemed inevitable, and trivializes our understanding of moral accountability. This essay is an attempt to posit an…
Descriptors: Accountability, Perspective Taking, Friendship, Role
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Barr, Jeanne; Bigelow, Andrew; Elliott, Shanti; Kaplan, Andy; Laufer, Matt; Mahany, Mike – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Six teachers reflect on the meanings of a ritual of confession, sharing, and forgiveness during a school retreat. During a night of great honesty and integrity, students spoke to each other of their lives, their choices, their regrets, their wishes, and, above all, their love. During that evening, four students came out to their classmates and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Integrity, Group Dynamics, Adult Education
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Greenberg, Bev – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
The author has given meaning to global citizenship over the past four years through the work and connections she has made with students at her school in Chicago, Francis W. Parker, and a school in the village of Madina, Ghana, West Africa, Tuskegee International. She has motivated other teachers to make connections as they traveled with her to…
Descriptors: International Schools, Foreign Countries, Summer Programs, Personal Narratives
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