Table of Contents
A Teacher Quality Manifesto
By Sandra Feldman
Calling for a partnership on behalf of teacher quality, AFT's president offers though and practical suggestions for making sure that every classroom has a qualified teacher.
Far and Wide
Developing and Disseminating Research-Based Programs
By Robert Slavin
The developer of Success for All describes the revolution that is bringing new hope to low-performing schools.
By Sam Stringfield
How can you pick a program that is right for your school? Here's a step-by-step guide for schools making this all-important consumer decision.
Success for All in East New York
A Research-Based Program Pays Off
By Maryann Marrapodi
Teachers at a Brooklyn, N.Y. school talk about the research-based program they chose and why it works for them.
Models for Reform
By Lynn Olson
A good idea is not enough. Effective programs also offer teachers plenty of help in translating the idea into classroom practice.
When You Weigh the Evidence...
Voucher Programs in Milwaukee and Cleveland
By Dan Murphy
Voucher advocates are claiming success, but a close look at the two longest-running voucher programs tells a different story.
By Geoffrey Canada
How can kids learn this essential skill when they grow up in inner-city neighborhoods where there are few jobs and few chances to practice?
Looking at the Schools
Public Agenda Asks African American and White Parents About Their Aspirations and Their Fears
By Steve Farkas and Jean Johnson
There are areas of difference, but Public Agenda researchers find that the great divide we often hear about does not exist.
The Poetry Road Show
By Julie A. Miller
What happens when you handout free books of poems to total strangers? Andy Carroll knows. During his cross-country trip last April, he gave away 100,000 volumes of poetry.
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About American Educator
American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.