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Volume 27 Number 4
 


COVER THEME

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?

OTHER FEATURES

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.

DEPARTMENTS

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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