American Educator, Winter 2015–2016 In this issue

  • Where We Stand

    Moving Past Punishment Toward Support Randi Weingarten

    Educators aspire to help all kids grow to meet their full potential.

    Each morning, when we walk into our classrooms, we aim to create safe, nurturing environments where each student can thrive and succeed. Educators' efforts must be supported by school leaders and sound policies. But it is...

  • Positive School Discipline and the Supports Educators Need

    The AFT has long championed the idea that all schools should be safe and welcoming places. Teachers cannot teach and students cannot learn unless they feel physically secure and emotionally connected. But the sad reality is that too many students—particularly students of color; lesbian, gay,...

  • From Reaction to Prevention

    Turning the Page on School Discipline Russell J. Skiba, Daniel J. Losen


  • School Discipline and Federal Guidance

    The AFT’s Response

    In January 2014, the U.S. departments of Education and Justice jointly issued legal guidance, in the form of a "Dear Colleague" letter, on the subject of discriminatory practices in the administration of student discipline and violations of Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....

  • It’s About Relationships

    Creating Positive School Climates Dana M. Ashley


  • Learning to Switch Gears

    In New Haven, a Restorative Approach to School Discipline Jennifer Dubin


  • The Professional Educator

    Why Teaching Is Not an Exact Science Lynne Anderson-Loy

    In 2002, the principal who offered me my first teaching position told me she did so because I was "older." I took that as a compliment. I was proud that she recognized my ability to juggle single parenthood, a full-time job, and college. What I didn't know then was that, for her, "older" meant...

  • The Professional Educator

    Where Discipline and Racial Equity Intersect Kimberly Colbert

    It was the second hour of the school day. Students filled with early morning energy darted through the halls in the mass rush to class. Dylan stood in front of me, eyes cast down, with Mr. D., an administrative intern in a training program to be a principal, at his side. "Dylan wanted to come...

  • Understanding Implicit Bias

    What Educators Should Know Cheryl Staats


  • A Powerful Partner

    Philanthropy’s Role in Promoting Positive Approaches to School Discipline Kavitha Mediratta


  • Resources on Positive School Discipline

    From the AFT and Our Partners


  • News in Brief

    A crisis is brewing: the demographic gap between American students and their teachers is widening, particularly in urban school systems where the number of black teachers is shrinking, largely due to retention issues in high-poverty schools. That message...

  • Share My Lesson

    Webinars on Supportive School Discipline


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