Volume 31, No.1 - Fall 2016

Volume 31, No.1 - Fall 2016
Cover Story

When They Tried to Steal Our Classrooms

Teachers learn that the district’s plan for a desperately needed school renovation is based on “100 percent utilization”— teachers will rotate through classrooms, losing the home bases students depend on. They organize to change the plan. 

When They Tried to Steal Our Classrooms
Features

What Happened to Spanish?

How high-stakes tests doomed biliteracy at my school

A 3rd-grade bilingual teacher describes how administrators’ anxiety about standardized test results erodes both a school’s commitment to Spanish literacy and students’ love for learning.

What Happened to Spanish?

¿Qué le pasó al español?

Cómo fue que las pruebas de alta exigencia condenaron a la educación bilingüe en mi escuela

Una maestra bilingüe describe cómo la ansiedad que sienten los administradores escolares con respecto a los resultados de los exámenes estandarizados disminuye el compromiso de la escuela con el desarrollo de la lectoescritura en español y el amor de los estudiantes por el aprendizaje.

¿Qué le pasó al español?

Passion Counts: The “I Love” Admissions Essay

Seniors write admissions essays based on something they feel passionate about, discovering at the same time that they are “college material.”

Passion Counts: The “I Love” Admissions Essay

Space for Young Black Women: An Interview with Candice Valenzuela

The story of the development, challenges, and successes of a support group for Black girls at an Oakland, California, high school.

Space for Young Black Women: An Interview with Candice Valenzuela

Who's Stealing Our Jobs?

NAFTA and xenophobia

As a way to deal with racial tensions between his Black and Latina/o students, a high school teacher examines the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Who's Stealing Our Jobs?

My So-Called Public School

School foundations and the myth of funding equity

A teacher uses her own school to illustrate how school foundations perpetuate inequality within districts and states.

My So-Called Public School

Lead Poisoning

Bringing social justice to chemistry

Building on the lead-poisoned water scandal in Flint, Michigan, a Chicago chemistry teacher helps her students explore lead poisoning in their own city.

Lead Poisoning

Ebola: Teaching Science, Race, and the Media

Two teacher educators encourage their students to think about the impact of racial and colonial biases on media coverage of science issues—and on scientists.

Ebola: Teaching Science, Race, and the Media