Summer 2014 . Volume 71. Number 9
Welcome to Summer EL
The Most Important Thing
News to peruse, resources to use
9 Numbers of Note
Why did you become a teacher?
10 Making a Difference Every Day:
A Conversation with
A Philadelphia principal talks about everything
from how to turn around a school to why chess
is a great way to teach problem solving.
Listen to an audio clip from the interview.
16 Overcoming the
Challenges of Poverty
Fifteen recommendations for creating classrooms
of compassion and challenge.
On Making a Difference by Jeffrey Benson
Watch a video on how Jeffrey Benson,
Marilee Sprenger, Baruti Kafele, Mike Fisher,
Eric Sheninger, and Robyn Jackson know they’re
making a difference.
22 Just for the Joy of It
How to spark the kindness and
altrusim of children.
28 Chipping Away Reforms
That Don’t Make a Difference
Gene V Glass and David C. Berliner
Research affirms that certain popular mandates
make little sense.
34 Take Back Teaching Now
Before educators can become change agents, they
must reclaim their professional courage.
On Becoming a Teacher by Robyn Jackson
Watch a video on why Robyn Jackson, Baruti Kafele,
Doug Fisher, Jeffrey Benson, Michael Ford, Myron
Dueck, and Eric Sheninger became educators.
Making a Difference