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Does competency-based professional development have legs?

By Meg S. Bates

There’s a lot of chatter in teacher education circles about competency-based professional development (PD). The idea is that traditional PD has a “one size fits all” approach: Teachers in a school get the same instruction about the same topic, regardless of personal interest, need, or experience…. Read More

Minority Serving Institutions: The pathway to more black male teachers

By Alice Ginsberg, Marybeth Gasman, and Andrés Castro Samayoa

In recent article in Education Week titled “Black male teachers a dwindling demographic,” Corey Mitchell writes that, “Even when teachers of color find work in the classroom, many end up fleeing out of frustration.” Citing a 2015 report by the Albert… Read More

Why I Teach

Peggy Brookins teaches because imparting knowledge is the noblest profession of all…. Read More

Should complex trauma qualify as a disability?

By Eric Rossen

A lawsuit against Compton Unified School District (Calif.) will address whether youth experiencing complex trauma should qualify for special education services as students with a disability. The outcome of this lawsuit has the potential to shift how schools operate, particularly those in communities with high student exposure… Read More

Follow the data to frame new questions

This article was originally published as part of the special supplement to Kappan magazine’s 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. See the full results at www.pdkpoll.org

By Joshua P. Starr

This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools marks a… Read More

John Goodlad remembered

John Goodlad, 94, died Nov. 29 in Seattle, Washington…. Read More

Rock, paper, iPhone

No matter how much new technology enters our classrooms, children still have to do the hard work of learning and learning deeply…. Read More

School success begins by investing in babies

If we really want success in school, we must start earlier, and a good way to do so is by revising social policy with regard to the nurturance, protection, and enrichment of the very young…. Read More

Metrics leading charters to blandness

For all the talk about a thousand flowers blooming, charter schools are sliding in the direction of monoculture and top-down governance…. Read More

Special ed rights on steroids: Time to detox

Parental choice should not carry more weight than educators’ professional judgment regarding special education decisions, says Kappan author Mark Paige…. Read More