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May 2017 Volume 82, No. 9

The Case for a Teacher Like Me - Harry F. Preston V / American Educator

Having role models who students identify with can have a profoundly positive effect—especially for black males. The author calls for raising levels of students’ success by diversifying the teaching workforce.

‘Conversations Aren’t Enough’ - Maya Lindberg / Teaching Tolerance

An interview with award-winning education journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones explores the causes and effects of America’s still too frequently segregated schools.

Video Links Professors to Far-Flung Student Teachers - Brenda Iasevoli / Education Week

Virtual video access lets student teachers receive quick feedback and advice from their peers, mentors, and professors. Having ready access to those multiple perspectives enhances the fine tuning of successful techniques.

The Problem with Measuring Effects of Delinquent Peers in Education—and How to Get Around It - Thomas Ahn and Justin Trogdon / Brown Center Chalkboard

As parents, educators, and policymakers look for ways to improve the quality of education beyond large-scale reforms—like new accountability polices, standardized curricula, and increased competition through charter schools—the authors suggest also paying attention to the day-to-day interactions among students.

Micro-Credentials: Badges of Professional Growth - Barnett Berry / School Administrator

Micro-credentials represent a new approach to professional development. Inspired by badging, they recognize educators’ PD based on evidence of learning, rather than on “seat time.”

The Right Way to Do Redos - Rick Wormeli / MiddleWeb

In differentiating classes, teachers often let students redo work and assessments for full credit. Several stipulations and protocols can make redos easier for teachers and more helpful for students.

Michigan Shuts Down Bad Schools. Leading States Build Them Up. - Chastity Pratt Dawsey / Bridge Magazine

Michigan’s new approach to school accountability calls for shutting down the lowest-performing schools—which will disproportionately impact poor and minority communities—although research shows mixed results for students sent to other schools. Some other states offer successful interventions for failing schools that may serve as better models for all.

College and Career Readiness Starts with Essential Skills - Rick Dalton

Students need grit, adaptability, resilience, leadership, and other foundational skills to succeed in school and beyond. They can develop them through evidence-based core practices: mentoring, leadership through service, and pathways to college and careers.

College, Careers, and Kindergarten - Deborah Yaffe / District Administration

Even during the first year of school, students can start preparing for life after graduation. Here are ideas for motivating and assisting them.

Tips for Getting the New School Year Rolling - Stephanie Sowers / Virginia Journal of Education

Fifteen suggestions for ways that teachers can get the next school year off to a great start.

Index to Volume 82