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What does it mean to live and work across many cultures, many time zones, and many technologies? Our students are certain to find out! This issue will explore how we can help students develop the global competencies they will need for active, responsible citizenship in an increasingly interconnected world. What helps students understand multiple perspectives on history and world events? How are they learning to collaborate and communicate? Tell us about your innovative language instruction programs, STEM classes, and arts curriculums that further career success, inform civic engagement, and promote flexible thinking, creativity, and problem solving. How are schools educating students about global problems? Are we teaching students how to cope with continuous and rapid change? Are we teaching them to be ethical citizens?
Submissions due: Closed
Learning through play and messy, joyful discovery – these are often the hallmarks of our earliest learning experiences. Which developmental approaches to learning are the most successful, and how can teachers across the K–12 continuum apply these principles? What should early learning focus on? Are tests appropriate for our youngest students? How can we support language rich learning in school and at home? Which early learning initiatives hold the most promise for giving each student a great start?
In a whole child approach to education, each student experiences challenging curriculum that prepares them for success in college, career, and the global community. Yet studies show a growing lack of rigor in the work students do as they move through school. Struggling students can feel particularly caught in a cycle of "baby stuff," or below-grade level work that never moves them beyond the basics. This issue will look at what educators are doing to map assignments to grade-level standards and make challenging work accessible to all students, whether they come to school below or above grade level. How do you unpack the standards to create a roadmap to rigor? How do you work with colleagues to diagnose gaps and design challenging assignments? What can leaders do to fuel schools where every student is pushed to new levels?
John Locke said that reading furnishes only the materials of knowledge: "It is thinking that makes what we read ours." No matter what the discipline, students need to be able to think and write about the material they read so it becomes their own. Across the curriculum, teachers are looking for better ways to develop these reading, writing, and thinking skills. Articles in this issue will describe strategies teachers use to support students who struggle with reading, to find relevant academic texts, and to incorporate writing activities to enhance learning. How can we teach students to tackle complex texts and develop skills like locating textual evidence, evaluating arguments, and synthesizing information from print and digital sources? How does the application of these skills vary for different disciplines?
"Relationships are the 13-letter F word in education," says student voice advocate Russell Quaglia. He argues that education policies don't do enough to elevate human connections, even though educators on the ground know this work is central. In this issue, we'll revisit our popular "Relationships First" theme from September with even more strategies and success stories from educators living the adage, "they don't care what you know until they know that you care."
"Have it your way" may be a catchy slogan, but how does it work in education? This issue will delve into the various ways educators define student-centered learning and what it looks like in schools. Articles will explore differentiation, project-based learning, "school of one," and customized learning using computers. To what extent is personalization possible in a standards-oriented education environment? How can technology best aid student-centered learning? Tell us how you've seen personalization done well—and not so well. We're interested in what the research says about the benefits of student-centered learning as well as stories of schools that have reimagined their instruction, schedules, and structures to give students more choice.
Submissions due: January 15
We learn to count on our fingers, one of the earliest indicators that math learning is dependent on our ability to create visual pathways for mathematical concepts. Now, research led by Stanford's Jo Boaler shows that training people on ways to perceive their own fingers while solving problems results in higher math achievement. In response, educators and parents are looking for ways to help students develop their brains to better "see" the math they are learning. How do you get students to envision math? How do you represent math concepts through visuals? What approaches do you use to get students to envision math? How do you provide opportunities for students to represent ideas in pictures, graphs, or other student-generated images? How might teachers in other content areas ask students to visualize data patterns?
Submissions due: February 1
All too often students are defined by their disability—a label affixed to their IEP, student records, and, over time, their identity. A growing movement seeks to shift the paradigm from "learning disabilities" to "learning differences." This small semantic change signals a shift in acknowledging that no two brains are the same, so no two students learn in the same fashion. We're interested in research into the science of various learning differences as well as articles on skills-based strategies that help students learn. Instead of labeling ADHD, autism, or dyslexia as deficits, how can we use all students' strengths to help them learn? How can approaches like Universal Design for Learning meet the unique needs of all? Tell us how you have embraced learning differences and the effect it has had on student achievement and school climate.
Submissions due: February 15
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