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Summary: This report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement calls on the nation to reclaim higher education's civic mission. Commissioned by the Department of Education and released at a White House convening in January 2012, the report pushes back against a prevailing national dialogue that limits the mission of higher education to workforce preparation and training while marginalizing disciplines basic to democracy
A Crucible Moment calls on educators and public leaders to advance a 21st century vision of college learning for all students - a vision with civic learning and democratic engagement an expected part of every student's college education. The report documents the nation's anemic civic health and includes recommendations for action that address campus culture, general education, and civic inquiry as part of major and career fields as well as hands-on civic problem solving across differences.
Summary: Color Lines is an online journal which has made a home for journalists writing for racial justice since 1998. Color Lines publishes articles on a wide range of topics and includes a 'schools and youth' section which speaks to the issues of racial injustice that still prevail in schools nationwide. Color Lines focuses on assessment of racial issues and some writers advance possible solutions for resolving those issues. Public schools remain racially segregated and underfunded while more young people of color face the cradle-to-prison pipeline. Color Lines provides a round up of stories, updates and analysis on the state of education and the young people who are challenging the status quo. Access to Color Lines' articles does not require a subscription nor payment.
Summary: Democratic Dialogue is committed to the critical exploration of democratic ideals in education and society through a program of international collaborative research and dissemination. We engage educators, political scientists, sociologists, philosophers, teachers, policymakers, and cultural workers (e.g., artists, curators, and critics) as well as the broader public community who are concerned with ideals, tensions, policies, and practices of education for democracy. Democratic Dialogue reaches across disciplinary, institutional, and national boundaries through innovative research projects and methods of dissemination, community dialogues and events, and the pursuit of creative approaches to projects that engage themes of democracy, education, and society.
Summary: The popular Huffington Post online news site includes an Education thread with numerous news articles as well as blogs by educators and other noted leaders such as Alfie Kohn, Mike Klonsky, Deborah Loewenberg Ball, and John Merrow.
Summary: Education Week is a national newspaper focusing on K-12 education policy. Serving as a bridge between the worlds of policy and practice, Education Week is now recognized as "American education's newspaper of record." Education Week publishes 37 issues a year and offers annual subscriptions to their hard copy magazine as well as many other education related publishings.
Summary: Educational Leadership is acknowledged throughout the world as an authoritative source of information about teaching and learning, new ideas and practices relevant to practicing educators, and the latest trends and issues affecting prekindergarten through higher education. Published eight times each year, September through May, with a combined December/January issue, subscriptions and individual issues are also available for sale. Copies are mailed to all ASCD members.
Summary: ENCOUNTER is a quarterly magazine of educational research and perspective that features articles about returning balance to education by embedding teaching in a framework that enhances both students' personal growth as humane beings and cultivates in them a genuine commitment to social justice and an awareness that we are all but a part of a larger natural world -- while insisting on genuine achievement in learning and skill acquisition. Their website has access to the current issue's table of contents and offers personal and institutional annual subscriptions.
Summary: Future of Education's website is really a great resource for just about anyone who is involved in education or just wants to know more about what's going on in the education world. At Future of Education, one can listen to any of many recordings of interviews from big names in education discussing issues in eduction, techniques, and policy, for free, where interviewees have been: Alfie Kohn, Deborah Meier, John Taylor Gatto, Linda Darling-Hammond, and many others. The website also provides a calender of upcoming interviews which listeners can tune in to and also provides a social network membership in which people can express themselves on their profile and engage in their community. Future of Education also has a forum for listeners to hold discussions through and to be a part of a concerned community interested in engaging in the education dialog world-wide.
Summary: GOOD magazine's education section covers topics in education ranging from the quality of school lunches, bullying in schools, and classroom experiments to federal education policy, teaching standards, and assessment by means of standardized testing. Some of their articles are very serious in nature and provide a scope for measuring the degradation that education methods have undergone over the years, while others are more fun filled and contain interesting glimpses into schools that showcase fun ongoings and collaborative innovation. The articles are all free for viewing on the website, however GOOD does have a magazine which showcases the best articles from a wide range of topics not all relating to education which users can subscribe to.
Summary: Phi Delta Kappa International is the premier professional association for educators. For more than 100 years, it has focused its work on the tenets of service, research, and leadership. The Phi Delta Kappan journal is a “must read” for the movers and shakers in the education profession. Each of it's 9 issues per year blends research, reflection, and practical ideas from some of the best and most thoughtful professionals in education.
Summary: "Realizing Deeper Learning: The Economics and Achievements of an Innovative Chartered School Model” analyzes two chartered schools which have innovated in striking ways. Avalon School and Minnesota New Country School (MNCS) have personalized the students' learning and organized the school as a partnership for its teachers. This partnership model is similar to ones in professional fields." ~ from the Preface
Conducted by Dr. Charles Kyte and Associates at the request of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation - supported by Education Evolving
Summary: Rethinking Schools is a leading education journal for social justice, critical pedagogy, and curriculum issues. Articles are largely written by practicing teachers working today in K-12 schools and universities around the country. Their website has an extensive article archive as well as teaching resources available for purchase.
Summary: In this article from the Kettering Foundation's Fall Review, 2010, Derek Barker discusses how “Organizations in the civil sector are looking more and more like their government and corporate counterparts.”
Summary: The esteemed New York Times publishes a great deal of articles on education in their education section. Writers typically are well versed, come from diverse backgrounds, and represent their diverse opinions on various issues in education. Articles are free to view online and range on many topics such as No Child Left Behind, Race To The Top, Homeschooling, the decline in quality of public education nationwide, budget cuts, youth voice, and more. Their focus on education ranges from preschool and K-12 through undergraduate and graduate level college topics.
Summary: UnBoxed is a journal of reflections on purpose, practice and policy in education, published twice yearly by the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. This is a great online journal of adult learning in schools from a leading progressive school network. The website offers free online subscriptions to the journal as well as free access to their back issues.
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