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Are We Building a Wall Inside Our Schools? English learners constitute the fastest-growing segment of K–12 student enrollment. As nonnative speakers of English who have not yet developed full proficiency in their second language (or possibly their third or fourth . . .), they offer the invaluable assets of their first languages and home cultures, resources that can help globalize curriculum and instruction for all students. But these resources can remain walled off from the rest of the class, trapping many English learners behind a linguistic and cultural barrier.
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The Visible Hand: Markets, Politics, and Regulation in Post-Katrina New Orleans Over forty-five school districts are now classified as “portfolio districts,” offering a range of school choices, but these systems look different in different cities. Context matters, but how exactly do different regulatory environments influence the ways in which choice reforms play out?
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Seize the Opportunity As I see it, the Common Core anchor standards—the overarching goals for K–12 education (not the often unreasonable, yearly, grade-level, subject standards)—set goals that enable students to become the people we need to fix our ailing world: people with habits of thinking deeply and reasoning with evidence.
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Garden-Based Learning for Student Success With President Obama’s signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, the landscape for children's education shifts once again. Advocates hope it moves away from an oversized focus on test scores and instead centers on a renewed opportunity to invite teachers to the policy making table.
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Will Education Flourish After NCLB’s Repeal? No other federal law has generated more hostility from teachers and other educators than the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
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The Risks We Are Willing to Take: Youth Civic Development in “Postwar” Guatemala What if schools could shape educational encounters with historical injustice that facilitate more active, empowered, and resilient civic stances among young learners?
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“We’re Just Not That into You”: The Message Universities Are Sending through Their Responses to Racist Campus Events Every couple months or so when we hear about the latest racist or racially insensitive fraternity party theme or incident, university leaders release a collective sigh and grapple with the question of why it occurred and what should be done.
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Why We Still Struggle to Integrate Our Schools Despite our collective wish to imagine segregation as a problem of the past, unspeakable numbers of students in the United States spend their days in classrooms in which everyone looks alike.
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In School Libraries, Differentiation through Curation Curation is a concept that seems to appear everywhere today. Just about anything can be marketed as “curated,” from music playlists to personalized retail boxes of snacks and makeup. Anyone can be a curator, not just sanctioned experts—and that’s actually an important point concerning curation in the school library context.
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Skill-Building Approaches to Anxiety-Fueled Work Avoidance Long gone are the days when simple, whole class behavior incentive plans kept every student on an even keel. Even experienced teachers may not be sufficiently prepared to address the social and emotional needs of today's students, especially those struggling with anxiety.
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