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This subject index provides links to recent articles on the topics listed below. For access to all of American Educator's online articles, please see Issues Index or Authors Index.

 

Accountability
Ask the Cognitive Scientist
Common Core State Standards
Community Schools
Curriculum
Early Childhood
Early Intervention
English Language Learners
High School to College Transition
History, Civics, and Democracy

Improving Student Behavior
Math
Reading
School-Wide Improvement
Science
Teacher Professionalism
Vocabulary


Accountability

David Cicarella • Spring 2014
The Professional Educator: A Fine Balance (PDF) (HTML)

Linda Darling-Hammond • Spring 2014
One Piece of the Whole: Teacher Evaluation as Part of a Comprehensive System for Teaching and Learning (PDF) (HTML)

Laura S. Hamilton • Winter 2010–2011
Testing What Has Been Taught: Helpful, High-Quality Assessments Start with a Strong Curriculum (PDF)

Daniel Koretz • Fall 2008
A Measured Approach: Value-Added Models Are a Promising Improvement, but No One Measure Can Evaluate Teacher Performance (PDF)

Daniel Koretz • Fall 2008
Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us (PDF)

Angela Minnici • Spring 2014
The Mind Shift in Teacher Evaluation: Where We Stand—and Where We Need to Go (PDF) (HTML)

William H. Schmidt and Nathan A. Burroughs • Spring 2013
Springing to Life: How Greater Educational Equality Could Grow from the Common Core Mathematics Standards (PDF) (HTML)

Diana Senechal • Winter 2011–2012
The Cult of Success (PDF)

Ross Wiener and Kasia Lundy • Spring 2014
Survey Says: Using Teacher Feedback to Bolster Evaluation (PDF) (HTML)

 

Ask the Cognitive Scientist

Daniel T. Willingham • Winter 2009–2010
Is It True That Some People Just Can't Do Math? (PDF)

Daniel T. Willingham • Summer 2010
Have Technology and Multitasking Rewired How Students Learn? (PDF)

Daniel T. Willingham • Summer 2011
Can Teachers Increase Students' Self-Control? (PDF)

Daniel T. Willingham • Spring 2012
Why Does Family Wealth Affect Learning? (PDF)

Daniel T. Willingham • Winter 2012–2013
Are Sleepy Students Learning? (PDF)

John Dunlosky • Fall 2013
Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to Boost Learning (PDF) (HTML)

For older Ask the Cognitive Scientist articles, see "Willingham, Daniel T." in the Authors Index.

 

Common Core State Standards

Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Francesca M. Forzani • Summer 2011
Building a Common Core for Learning to Teach (PDF)

Common Core Curriculum special issue • Winter 2010–2011
Either It All Works Together or It Hardly Works at All: How a Common Core Curriculum Could Make Our Education System Run Like Clockwork

Jennifer Dubin • Fall 2012
More Than Words: An Early Grades Reading Program Builds Skills and Knowledge (PDF)

William H. Schmidt and Nathan A. Burroughs • Spring 2013
Springing to Life: How Greater Educational Equality Could Grow from the Common Core Mathematics Standards (PDF) (HTML)

Timothy Shanahan • Fall 2013
Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to Boost Learning (PDF) (HTML)

Hung-Hsi Wu • Fall 2011
Phoenix Rising: Bringing the Common Core State Mathematics Standards to Life (PDF)

 

Community Schools

Lee Benson, Lee Harkavy, Michael Johanek, and John Puckett • Summer 2009
The Enduring Appeal of Community Schools: Education Has Always Been a Community Endeavor (PDF)

Marty Blank, Reuben Jacobson, and Sarah S. Pearson • Summer 2009
A Coordinated Effort: Well-Conducted Partnerships Meet Students' Academic, Health, and Social Service Needs (PDF)

Jennifer Dubin • Summer 2009
These Kids Are Alright: How Two Organizations Meet the Needs of Two Students and Their Schools (PDF)

Q&A on Cincinnati's Community Learning Centers • Summer 2009
From the Ground Up: Cincinnati Is Rebuilding Its Schools and Revamping Its Student, and Family, Services (PDF)

Richard Rothstein • Summer 2009
Equalizing Opportunity: Dramatic Differences in Children's Home Life and Health Mean That Schools Can't Do It Alone (PDF)

Jane Quinn and Joy Dryfoos • Summer 2009
Freeing Teachers to Teach: Students in Full-Service Community Schools Are Ready to Learn (PDF)

Pasi Sahlberg • Spring 2012
A Model Lesson: Finland Shows Us What Equal Opportunity Looks Like (PDF)

 

Curriculum

Daisy Christodoulou • Spring 2014
Minding the Knowledge Gap: The Importance of Content in Student Learning (PDF) (HTML)

David K. Cohen • Winter 2010–2011
Learning to Teach Nothing in Particular: A Uniquely American Educational Dilemma (PDF)

Linda Darling-Hammond • Winter 2010–2011
Soaring Systems: High Flyers All Have Equitable Funding, Shared Curriculum, and Quality Teaching (PDF)

Peter Dodington • Summer 2012
Knowing Ourselves: How the Classics Strengthen Schools and Society (PDF)

Jennifer Dubin • Fall 2012
More Than Words: An Early Grades Reading Program Builds Skills and Knowledge (PDF)

Laura S. Hamilton • Winter 2010–2011
Testing What Has Been Taught: Helpful, High-Quality Assessments Start with a Strong Curriculum (PDF)

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. • Spring 2006
Building Knowledge: The Case for Bringing Content into the Language Arts Block and for a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum Core for All Children

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. • Winter 2010–2011
Beyond Comprehension: We Have Yet to Adopt a Common Core Curriculum That Builds Knowledge Grade by Grade—But We Need To (PDF)

Nora S. Newcombe • Spring 2013
Seeing Relationships: Using Spatial Thinking to Teach Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies (PDF) (HTML)

William H. Schmidt and Nathan A. Burroughs • Spring 2013
Springing to Life: How Greater Educational Equality Could Grow from the Common Core Mathematics Standards (PDF) (HTML)

William H. Schmidt, Leland S. Cogan, and Curtis C. McKnight • Winter 2010–2011
Equality of Educational Opportunity: Myth or Reality in U.S. Schooling? (PDF)

Diana Senechal • Spring 2010
The Most Daring Education Reform of All (PDF)

Diana Senechal • Winter 2010–2011
The Spark of Specifics: How a Strong Curriculum Enlivens Classroom and School Culture (PDF)

Diana Senechal • Winter 2012–2013
The Folly of the Big Idea: How a Liberal Arts Education Puts Fads in Perspective (PDF)

Daniel T. Willingham • Spring 2006
How Knowledge Helps: It Speeds and Strengthens Reading Comprehension, Learning—and Thinking

Daniel T. Willingham • Summer 2007
Critical Thinking: Why Is It So Hard to Teach? (PDF)

 

Early Childhood

W. Steven Barnett and Ellen Frede • Spring 2010
The Promise of Preschool: Why We Need Early Education for All (PDF)

Jennifer Dubin • Spring 2010
A Preschool with Promise: How One District Provides Early Education for All (PDF)

Jennifer Dubin • Fall 2012
More Than Words: An Early Grades Reading Program Builds Skills and Knowledge (PDF)

Darion Griffin and Giselle Lundy-Ponce • Summer 2003
At the Starting Line: Early Childhood Education Programs in the 50 States

Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley • Spring 2003
The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3

James J. Heckman • Spring 2011
The Economics of Inequality: The Value of Early Childhood Education (PDF)

Thomas G. Sticht • Fall 2011
Getting It Right from the Start: The Case for Early Parenthood Education (PDF)

Daniel T. Willingham • Summer 2008
Ask the Cognitive Scientist: What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice? (PDF)

 

Early Intervention

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. • Spring 2006
Building Knowledge: The Case for Bringing Content into the Language Arts Block and for a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum Core for All Children

Richard Rothstein • Summer 2009
Equalizing Opportunity: Dramatic Differences in Children's Home Life and Health Mean That Schools Can't Do It Alone (PDF)

Pasi Sahlberg • Spring 2012
A Model Lesson: Finland Shows Us What Equal Opportunity Looks Like (PDF)

Thomas G. Sticht • Fall 2011
Getting It Right from the Start: The Case for Early Parenthood Education (PDF)

Joseph K. Torgesen • Spring/Summer 1998
Catch Them Before They Fall: Identification and Assessment to Prevent Reading Failure in Young Children (PDF)

Hill M. Walker, Elizabeth Ramsey, and Frank M. Gresham • Winter 2003–2004
Heading Off Disruptive Behavior: How Early Intervention Can Reduce Defiant Behavior—and Win Back Teaching Time

 

English Language Learners

Claude Goldenberg • Summer 2008
Teaching English Language Learners: What the Research Does—and Does Not—Say (PDF)

Claude Goldenberg • Summer 2013
Unlocking the Research on English Learners: What We Know—and Don't Yet Know—about Effective Instruction (PDF) (HTML)

Claude Goldenberg, Judy Hicks, and Ira Lit • Summer 2013
Dual Language Learners: Effective Instruction in Early Childhood (PDF) (HTML)

William Saunders, Claude Goldenberg, and David Marcelletti • Summer 2013
English Language Development: Guidelines for Instruction (PDF) (HTML)

 

High School to College Transition

Jennifer Jacobson • Fall 2007
Focusing on the Forgotten: How to Put More Kids on the Track to College Success

Thad R. Nodine • Fall 2011
Hidalgo Sets Sail: A School District Supports All Students in Earning College Credits (PDF)

James E. Rosenbaum • Spring 2004
It's Time to Tell the Kids: If You Don't Do Well in High School, You Won't Do Well in College (or on the Job)

James E. Rosenbaum, Jennifer L. Stephan, and Janet E. Rosenbaum • Fall 2010
Beyond One-Size-Fits-All College Dreams (PDF)

James E. Rosenbaum and Kelly Iwanaga Becker • Fall 2011
The Early College Challenge: Navigating Disadvantaged Students' Transition to College (PDF)

 

History, Civics, and Democracy

The Albert Shanker Institute • Summer 2012
Labor's Untold Story: A Textbook Case of Neglect and Distortion (PDF)

Walter Berns • Spring 2002
Mystic Chords of Memory: Cultivating America's Unique Form of Patriotism

Christopher L. Doyle • Winter 2011–2012
Invisible Wars: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Teaching Insurgencies in Public Schools (PDF)

Charles Euchner • Fall 2013
Key Figures behind the March: A. Philip Randolph (PDF) (HTML), Bayard Rustin (PDF) (HTML), and Walter Reuther (PDF) (HTML)

Will Fitzhugh • Winter 2011–2012
Meaningful Work: How the History Research Paper Prepares Students for College and Life (PDF)

David Gray • Winter 2012–2013
Union Members Are Community Members (PDF)

James Green • Winter 2008–2009
Why Teach Labor History? (PDF)

Norman Hill and Velma Murphy Hill • Fall 2013
Living History: Two Civil Rights Activists Remember the March on Washington (PDF) (HTML)

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. • Winter 2009–2010
Creating a Curriculum for the American People: Our Democracy Depends on Shared Knowledge (PDF)

William P. Jones • Fall 2013
The Move to Unity: Labor's Role in the March on Washington (PDF) (HTML)

Richard D. Kahlenberg • Fall 2007
The Agenda That Saved Public Education

Richard D. Kahlenberg • Summer 2008
Albert Shanker's Tough Liberalism (PDF)

Phil Kugler • Winter 2013–2014
The Bargaining Table and Beyond (PDF) (HTML)

Jill Lepore • Summer 2011
"Paul Revere's Ride": Awakening Abolitionists (PDF)

Herb Magidson • Summer 2008
Defending Democracy: Albert Shanker Still Leads the Way (PDF)

March on Washington special package • Fall 2013
Teaching the March on Washington (PDF) (HTML)

Susan B. Neuman and Donna C. Celano • Fall 2012
Worlds Apart: One City, Two Libraries, and Ten Years of Watching Inequality Grow (PDF)

Arch Puddington • Summer 2008
Freedom in Retreat: Global Survey Reveals Pushback Against Democracy (PDF)

Diane Ravitch • Fall 2003
Leaving Reality Out: How Textbooks (Don't) Teach about Tyranny

Sam Wineburg • Winter 2012–2013
Undue Certainty: Where Howard Zinn's A People's History Falls Short (PDF)

 

Improving Student Behavior

Jennifer Dubin • Summer 2012
Metamorphosis: How Missouri Rehabilitates Juvenile Offenders (PDF)

Jennifer Dubin • Spring 2013
School Ties: A Psychiatrist's Longtime Commitment to Education (PDF) (HTML)

Hill M. Walker, Elizabeth Ramsey, and Frank M. Gresham • Winter 2003–2004
Heading Off Disruptive Behavior: How Early Intervention Can Reduce Defiant Behavior—and Win Back Teaching Time

Hill M. Walker, Elizabeth Ramsey, and Frank M. Gresham • Winter 2003–2004
How Disruptive Students Escalate Hostility and Disorder—and How Teachers Can Avoid It

 

Math

Richard Askey • Fall 1999
Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics (PDF)

Nora S. Newcombe • Summer 2010
Picture This: Increasing Math and Science Learning by Improving Spatial Thinking (PDF)

Nora S. Newcombe • Spring 2013
Seeing Relationships: Using Spatial Thinking to Teach Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies (PDF) (HTML)

William H. Schmidt, Leland S. Cogan, and Curtis C. McKnight • Winter 2010–2011
Equality of Educational Opportunity: Myth or Reality in U.S. Schooling? (PDF)

Daniel T. Willingham • Winter 2009–2010
Ask the Cognitive Scientist: Is It True That Some People Just Can't Do Math? (PDF)

Hung-Hsi Wu • Summer 2001
How to Prepare Students for Algebra

Hung-Hsi Wu • Fall 2009
What's Sophisticated about Elementary Mathematics? Plenty—That's Why Elementary Schools Need Math Teachers (PDF)

Hung-Hsi Wu • Fall 2011
Phoenix Rising: Bringing the Common Core State Mathematics Standards to Life (PDF)

 

Reading

Marilyn Jager Adams • Winter 2010–2011
Advancing Our Students' Language and Literacy: The Challenge of Complex Texts (PDF)

Andrew Biemiller • Spring 2003
Oral Comprehension Sets the Ceiling on Reading Comprehension

Jennifer Dubin • Fall 2008
Reading Richmond: How Scientifically Based Reading Instruction Is Dramatically Increasing Achievement (PDF)

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. • Spring 2006
Building Knowledge: The Case for Bringing Content into the Language Arts Block and for a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum Core for All Children

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. • Winter 2010–2011
Beyond Comprehension: We Have Yet to Adopt a Common Core Curriculum That Builds Knowledge Grade by Grade—But We Need To (PDF)

R. Malatesha Joshi, Rebecca Treiman, Suzanne Carreker, and Louisa C. Moats • Winter 2008–2009
How Words Cast Their Spell: Spelling Is an Integral Part of Learning the Language, Not a Matter of Memorization (PDF)

Susan B. Neuman • Fall 2010
Sparks Fade, Knowledge Stays: The National Early Literacy Panel's Report Lacks Staying Power (PDF)

Catherine Paglin • Fall 2004
Practicing Prevention: How One School District Helps Students Avoid Reading Failure

Robert Rickenbrode and Kate Walsh • Summer 2013
Lighting the Way: The Reading Panel Report Ought to Guide Teacher Preparation (PDF) (HTML)

Joseph K. Torgesen • Fall 2004
Avoiding the Devastating Downward Spiral: The Evidence That Early Intervention Prevents Reading Failure

Kate Walsh • Spring 2003
Basal Readers: The Lost Opportunity to Build the Knowledge That Propels Comprehension (PDF)

Daniel T. Willingham • Winter 2006–2007
Ask the Cognitive Scientist: The Usefulness of Brief Instruction in Reading Comprehension Strategies (PDF)

 

School-Wide Improvement

Greg Anrig • Winter 2013–2014
Cultivating Collaboration: The Science behind Thriving Labor-Management Relationships (PDF) (HTML)

Kevin M. Chatham-Stephens, Mana Mann, Andrea Wershof Schwartz, and Philip J. Landrigan • Winter 2011–2012
First, Do No Harm: Children's Environmental Health in Schools (PDF)

Karin Chenoweth • Summer 2007
Inside Philadelphia's M. Hall Stanton Elementary School

Karin Chenoweth • Summer 2007
Uncovering Academic Success

Karin Chenoweth • Fall 2009
Piece by Piece: How Schools Solved the Achievement Puzzle and Soared (PDF)

Karin Chenoweth and Christina Theokas • Fall 2012
Leading for Learning (PDF)

Jennifer Dubin • Spring 2009
From Picket Line to Partnership: A Union, A District, and Their Thriving Schools (PDF)

Jennifer Dubin • Spring 2013
School Ties: A Psychiatrist's Longtime Commitment to Education (PDF) (HTML)

Jennifer Dubin • Winter 2013–2014
Moving Meriden: In Connecticut, a Road Map for Union-District Relations (PDF) (HTML)

Michael B. Fabricant • Spring 2011
Organizing for Equity: Most Policymakers Have Done Little for Our Poorest Schools—Can Parents Fill the Void? (PDF)

Jennifer Jacobson • Spring 2007
In the Zone: How a Virtual District Provides Real Help for Really Struggling Schools

Richard D. Kahlenberg • Winter 2012–2013
From All Walks of Life: New Hope for School Integration (PDF)

David L. Kirp • Winter 2013–2014
Banding Together: Union City's Teachers and Administrators Work Together to Improve Student Achievement (PDF) (HTML)

Julia E. Koppich • Winter 2002
Using Well-Qualified Teachers Well: The Right Teachers in the Right Places with the Right Support (PDF) (HTML)

Diane Ravitch • Summer 2010
In Need of a Renaissance: Real Reform Will Renew, Not Abandon, Our Neighborhood Schools (PDF)

Richard W. Riley and Arthur L. Coleman • Spring 2011
Turning the Page on the Equity Debate: How to Give All Children a Real Opportunity (PDF)

Saul A. Rubinstein • Winter 2013–2014
Strengthening Partnerships: How Communication and Collaboration Contribute to School Improvement (PDF) (HTML)

Pasi Sahlberg • Spring 2012
A Model Lesson: Finland Shows Us What Equal Opportunity Looks Like (PDF)

Jukka Sarjala • Spring 2013
Equality and Cooperation: Finland's Path to Excellence (PDF) (HTML)

Ritva Semi • Spring 2013
Common Ground on Class Size (PDF) (HTML)

Timothy Shanahan • Fall 2013
Strengthening the Student Toolbox: Study Strategies to Boost Learning (PDF) (HTML)

 

Science

Michael Berkmen and Eric Plutzer • Summer 2012
An Evolving Controversy: The Struggle to Teach Science in Science Class (PDF)

Timothy Ferris • Fall 2002
The Whole Shebang: How Science Produced the Big Bang Model

Paul R. Gross • Spring 2008
No Contest: Up Close, Typical State Biology Standards Don't Have the Content or Coherence of the International Baccalaureate (PDF)

Paul R. Gross • Fall 2009
Learning Science: Content—With Reason (PDF)

Joy Hakim • Spring 2002
The Story of the Atom (PDF)

Joy Hakim • Fall 2004
Fantastic Journey: How Scientists Figured Out the Shape and Size of the Earth

Nora S. Newcombe • Summer 2010
Picture This: Increasing Math and Science Learning by Improving Spatial Thinking
(PDF)

Nora S. Newcombe • Spring 2013
Seeing Relationships: Using Spatial Thinking to Teach Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies (PDF) (HTML)

 

Teacher Professionalism

Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Francesca M. Forzani • Summer 2011
Building a Common Core for Learning to Teach (PDF)

Leo Casey • Summer 2007
The Quest for Professional Voice: Why It Has Been—and Continues to Be—High on Our Teacher Union Agenda

David Cicarella • Spring 2014
The Professional Educator: A Fine Balance (PDF) (HTML)

David K. Cohen • Winter 2010–2011
Learning to Teach Nothing in Particular: A Uniquely American Educational Dilemma (PDF)

Linda Darling-Hammond • Spring 2014
One Piece of the Whole: Teacher Evaluation as Part of a Comprehensive System for Teaching and Learning (PDF) (HTML)

Jennifer Dubin • Spring 2014
Promethean Summer: Professional Development Boldly Focuses on the Classics (PDF) (HTML)

Jennifer Goldstein • Fall 2008
Taking the Lead: With Peer Assistance and Review, the Teaching Profession Can Be in Teachers' Hands (PDF)

Sean D. Hamill • Fall 2011
Pittsburgh's Winning Partnership (PDF)

Richard D. Kahlenberg • Winter 2011–2012
Bipartisan, But Unfounded: The Assault on Teachers' Unions (PDF)

Phil Kugler • Winter 2013–2014
The Bargaining Table and Beyond (PDF) (HTML)

Louis Malfaro • Fall 2010
Lessons on Organizing for Power (PDF)

Lauren McArthur Harris and Robert B. Bain • Summer 2011
Pedagogical Content Knowledge for World History Teachers (PDF)

Angela Minnici • Spring 2014
The Mind Shift in Teacher Evaluation: Where We Stand—and Where We Need to Go (PDF) (HTML)

Jeffrey Mirel • Summer 2011
Bridging the "Widest Street in the World": Reflections on the History of Teacher Education (PDF)

Q&A with Maria Neira, Marcia Reback, Mary Cathryn Ricker, and Brenda Smith • Summer 2010
Continuous Improvement: Making Evaluation a Tool for Increasing Teacher—and Student—Learning (PDF)

Vicki Phillips and Randi Weingarten • Summer 2013
The Professional Educator: Six Steps to Effective Teacher Development and Evaluation (PDF) (HTML)

Barak Rosenshine • Spring 2012
Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know (PDF)

Pasi Sahlberg • Summer 2011
Lessons from Finland (PDF)

Diana Senechal • Winter 2011–2012
The Cult of Success (PDF)

Andy Waddell • Spring 2012
I'll Never Forget Mr. White: A Teacher's Legacy (PDF)

Patsy Wang-Iverson, Perla Myers, and Edmund Lim W.K. • Winter 2009–2010
Beyond Singapore's Mathematics Textbooks: Focused and Flexible Supports for Teaching and Learning (PDF)

Randi Weingarten • Spring 2010
A New Path Forward: Four Approaches to Quality Teaching and Better Schools (PDF)

Ross Wiener and Kasia Lundy • Spring 2014
Survey Says: Using Teacher Feedback to Bolster Evaluation (PDF) (HTML)

Daniel T. Willingham • Fall 2012
Measured Approach or Magical Elixir? How to Tell Good Science from Bad (PDF)

 

Vocabulary

Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan • Spring 2003
Taking Delight in Words: Using Oral Language to Build Young Children's Vocabularies

Andrew Biemiller • Spring 2001
Teaching Vocabulary: Early, Direct, and Sequential

Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley • Spring 2003
The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3

Steven Stahl • Spring 2003
Research Round-Up: How Words Are Learned Incrementally Over Multiple Exposures (PDF)