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Volume 27 Number 4


Performance Test for New Teachers

A Forum On The edTPA

Free The Role of Performance Assessment in Developing Teaching as a Profession

By Linda Darling-Hammond and Maria E. Hyler

The edTPA will lead to better teachers and more professional respect.

Free Wrong Answer to the Wrong Question

Why we need critical teacher education, not standardization

By Barbara Madeloni and Julie Gorlewski

The edTPA distorts the teacher education process and opens the door to Pearson Inc. reaping more profits and power.

Free What's a Nice Test Like You Doing in a Place Like This?

EdTPA and corporate education “reform”

By Wayne Au

The dangers to the teaching profession are real, but is edTPA the solution?


Our Grandparents' Civil Rights Era

Family letters bring history to life

By Willow McCormick

Second graders ask grandparents to write about their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. The letters bring surprising wisdom— and some thought-provoking issues—to the classroom.

Stealing Home

Eminent domain, urban renewal, and the loss of community

By Linda Christensen

The historic destruction of the Chávez Ravine neighborhood in Los Angeles—to build Dodger Stadium—paves the way for students to understand changes in their own neighborhood. Second in a two-part series.

Free Rethinking the Day of Silence

By Adriana Murphy

When the Day of Silence doesn't work at a middle school, staff and students look for another way to talk about LGBTQ issues.

Free “Coal Poisons Everything It Touches”

Coal, climate, and the future of the Earth

By Bill Bigelow

Ninth graders explore a plan to strip-mine coal in Wyoming and Montana, send it by train to the Northwest, then ship it to Asia to be burned.

Ban the Box!

A role play on mass incarceration

By Andy Peck

Should the box about criminal history be eliminated from job applications? A role play helps students explore the lifelong impact of a felony conviction.


Free Editorial

The Trouble with the Common Core

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

Free Action Education

School Closures Rock Philadelphia

By Helen Gym

Free Short Stuff

Update from Seattle: Test Boycott Victory

Crisis at City College of San Francisco

Free Good Stuff

Navigating Gender and Sexuality

By Kalei Sabaratnam

Free Resources

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