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Is anybody listening?

09.03.15 | 0 Comments

By Joan Richardson

Two large concrete disks fitted with seats don’t attract much attention on the Brickyard gathering spot on North Carolina State University’s campus in Raleigh, N.C. When you sit on the seat in one of those disks and speak in a normal voice, sometimes even in a whisper, ... Read More

Attending to children’s year-round learning

08.27.15 | 0 Comments

By M. Elena Lopez

The annual back-to-school ritual is in full swing. Businesses are busy marketing clothes, school supplies, and easy-to-pack lunches. Media are increasing coverage about the topic. Websites are offering tips to families about the transition of preschoolers to school, what to ask teachers, and how to help ... Read More

Where are the blocks?

08.17.15 | 0 Comments

By Robert L. Hampel

Raising baby chicks, dressing as the letters of the alphabet, stretching out for a nap: thinking about kindergarten evokes many good memories.

It wasn’t all joy. Little traumas spoiled a few days. The bigger boys hogged the soccer balls during recess; 2nd graders teased the girls ... Read More

Mentoring and coaching teachers in India

08.07.15 | 0 Comments

By Samina Hadi-Tabassum

Earlier this summer my graduate students and I mentored and coached first-year teachers in India. All of my students finished their first year of teaching through an urban alternative certification program at my university and traveled with me to India as a part of their culminating coursework. ... Read More

How to be an effective agent of change at your child’s school

07.31.15 | 0 Comments

By Sarah Stitzlein

Being engaged in education change is inherently a political process involving a struggle over the distribution of resources and power, which are at the heart of school improvement. Good parent political dissent requires skills and dispositions to disagree with a typical way of doing things in schools. ... Read More

The California Exeptionalism: Building trust and capacity by decentralizing decisions and politics

07.27.15 | 0 Comments

Part II of a series that examines California’s differing approach to school reform. See the prior post — California exceptionalism: How a deep blue state took on a democratic administration and forged a new way forward in education reform — for the author’s complete view.  

By Charles Taylor Kerchner

The ... Read More

The California exceptionalism: How a deep blue state took on a Democratic administration and forged a new way forward in education reform

07.21.15 | 0 Comments

By Charles Taylor Kerchner

California refused to enlist in the teacher wars, and it’s betting on a peace dividend. Rather than leading its education reforms with tests, punishments, and markets, it has concentrated on capacity building, expanding grassroots democracy, and rebuilding trust. Rather than demonizing teachers unions, it is counting ... Read More

The Historic Class of 2015

06.25.15 | 1 Comment

By Jeffrey Menzer

In June 2005, when I became the principal of the largest high school in Delaware, the low graduation and high dropout rates exasperated policymakers and community leaders. In the bleak statistics was a number begging further examination. A number that went unnoticed and unpublicized. A number that ... Read More

Feeding kids and expanding opportunity

06.19.15 | 1 Comment

By Anindya Kundu

It seems like Baltimore realizes that factors outside of classroom walls can affect the learning of children. This month Baltimore, Md. became among the first districts in the country to adopt a universal free meals program, offering all students breakfast and lunch everyday.

While the rest of ... Read More

Teachers and unions in transformation

06.10.15 | 1 Comment

It’s time for the two major teachers unions to return to their roots as professional associations.  

By Arthur E. Wise and Michael D. Usdan

Changes in teachers’ roles and in teachers’ work necessarily affect their organizations, notably the NEA and the AFT. For its first 100 years, the ... Read More


PDK International Study Tours bring together two things I’m passionate about: education and travel. The mix of school visits and conversations with cultural experiences has offered me the chance to see new places and think about education in different ways.
DANIELLE DENNIS, PDK member and past Emerging Leader