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JSD, August 2010: Social justice

Aug 30, 2010

Published on August 1, 2010


Issue Contents

JSD Professional learning guide
Use this companion to the August 2010 issue of JSD to facilitate discussion and reflection of the thematic articles.

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At issue

Up close: Deep smarts start here 
  • Defining the problem, highlighting solutions
  • A cultural proficiency primer
  • Collaboration advances justice?
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Building hope, giving affirmation: Learning communities that address social justice issues bring equity to the classroom 
A social justice agenda reaches beyond academic goals to envision a well-educated and engaged citizenry. (Available to the public.)
By Stephanie Hirsh , Shirley M. Hord 

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The challenge for educators: Seattle's superintendent outlines social justice priorities and their importance in efforts to close the achievement gap 
Seattle Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson speaks with passion about serving all students in these excerpts from her keynote speech at NSDC's Summer Conference in Seattle. (Available to the public.)

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Coaches root out deep bias 
The National Equity Project helps educators examine their own perspectives on the pathway to addressing issues of race, class, and culture.
By Valerie von Frank 

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A large cup of insight: Educator hones student-teacher relationships one sugary coffee at a time 

Years of listening to high school students helps educators in Denver, Colo., build skills in communicating with humanity and empathy. (Available to the public.)
By Daniel Horsey 

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The long and winding road to social justice: Missouri district uses culturally responsive instruction to close the achievement gap 
Educators in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, Mo., progress to deeper levels of understanding how to serve a wide diversity of students.
By Charlotte Ijei , Julie Harrison 

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Tradition becomes the teacher: Community events enrich educators' professional learning 
Staff from two elementary schools attend a tribal ceremony to learn from America Indian traditions.
By Margery Ginsberg , Anthony Craig 

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Through students' eyes: Students offer fresh insights into social justice issues in schools 
A careful plan to probe students for their views offers benefits to motivate educators.
By Alison Cook-Sather 

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Digging deeper: Professional learning can go beyond the basics to reach underserved students 
Educators build on a foundation of effective professional learning with principles geared to achieve social justice.
By Sonia Caus Gleason 

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DEPARTMENTS

From the editor

(Available to the public.)
By Tracy Crow 

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Essentials: Keeping up with hot topics in the field 
  • Learning from leadership
  • Principal effectiveness
  • ESEA reauthorization
  • A teacher leader blog
  • What Finland can teach us
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Cultural proficiency 
Carefully planned campus visits encourage middle schoolers to feel college-bound. (Available to the public.) 
By Sarah W. Nelson , Patricia L. Guerra 

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Collaborative culture 
Conversation protocols help district discuss all sides of complicated issues. (Available to the public.)
By Susan Scott , Michael W. Torres 

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NSDC@work: Notes from the National Staff Development Council 
  • Upcoming learning opportunities
  • NSDC Book Club selection
  • The latest from NSDC's foundation
  • On Board: Ingrid Carney's work with a group of African-American boys
(Available to the public.)

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From the director
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By Stephanie Hirsh 

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Features

What teachers want: Educators at all career stages express the desire to connect with and learn from one another 
A local research project highlighted specific teacher learning needs and perspectives.
By Cynthia M. Compton 

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A better way to measure: New survey tool gives educators a clear picture of professional learning's impact 
An online survey helps educators assess the effectiveness of professional learning in mathematics and science.
By Rolf K. Blank 

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