American Educator, Fall 2015 In this issue

  • Where We Stand

    Schools at the Center of Communities Randi Weingarten

    One out of five children in the United States lives in poverty today, according to the latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. That number has climbed steadily over the past few years, despite claims that our nation is recovering from the Great Recession.

    In our public...

  • Where It All Comes Together

    How Partnerships Connect Communities and Schools Martin J. Blank, Lisa Villarreal


  • Where Community Schools Are Strong

    Across the country, in places that have expanded and sustained community schools, leadership—at both the school-building and school-district level—has played a major role.

    Union leadership also matters, including representatives of both teachers and school support staff. When unions...

  • Cultivating Community Schools

    Austin’s Grassroots Effort Jennifer Dubin


  • All Hands on Deck

    Organizing for the Schools Saint Paul Children Deserve Eric S. Fought


  • The Professional Educator

    Connecting with Students and Families through Home Visits Nick Faber


  • Bilingual Education

    Reviving an American Tradition Claude Goldenberg, Kirstin Wagner


  • Ask the Cognitive Scientist

    Do Students Remember What They Learn in School? Daniel T. Willingham


  • Share My Lesson

    A Personal Learning Network

    Educators understand the importance of a positive school community. For students, this type of environment promotes trust and enables them to learn and feel valued.

    But sometimes educators become so focused on guiding their students toward success that they forget about the importance of...

  • News in Brief



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