Joan Richardson

Editor-in-chief, Kappan magazine

Editor, writer, thinker, skeptic.
Editor, writer, and researcher with deep expertise about education. Creative and strategic thinker who excels at transforming publications and rethinking organizational efforts to deepen impact in schools and influence quality of learning. Skillful public speaker and accomplished professional development presenter. Extensive experience visiting schools in U.S. and abroad (Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Haiti, Netherlands).


Editor's Notes

Slow down to speed up
Most of us need a little think time in order to do our best work and our best learning.
Thank you, Mr. Russove
A 6th-grade teacher made all the difference in the life of this writer.
Be selfish about improvement
Nobody wins the education game if anyone is losing.
Father knows best
Generosity and a sense of community support and participation should extend further than one's own neighborhood
64 words
I cried the night that Takeyta showed me the 64 words she had learned to read.
OK with discomfort
The assigned book was The Scarlet Letter. My seat was right behind the girl who got pregnant.

PDK poll on education

2016 PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools
49th annual poll of public opinion about American schools.
2015 PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools
48th annual poll of public opinion about American schools
2014 PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools
47th annual poll of public opinion about American schools
Staring down policy makers
Americans are giving policy makers "the look."
Don't blame the children
In "failing schools," keep the kids, replace the adults.
Tough love for teachers
Twenty years of unrelenting teacher bashing has not managed to budge the American public’s views of teachers: Teachers are great.


Julian Vasquez Heilig: Charter schools don't serve black children well
The nation’s largest civil rights organization steps up its opposition to charter schools just as a president and new education secretary appear ready to kick the sector into...
Kevin Jennings: Safe at school
Bullied in school, Kevin Jennings now devotes his life to making schools safe for all children.
Clayton Christensen & Michael Horn: Disrupting how and where we learn
The authors of Disrupting Class believe education will be shaped by innovations that create opportunities to individualize learning for every child.
Yong Zhao: Playing catchup with developing nations makes no sense for U.S.
The United States should deepen what it does best, rather than trying to catch up to developing nations.
Maryanne Wolf: Balance technology and deep reading to create biliterate children
Every child needs a repertoire of digital skills, but educators also must ensure that children develop the deep reading skills of an expert reader over time.
Arne Duncan: Quality education is our moon shot
Secy of Education Arne Duncan said Achieving a quality education for all children is the civil rights issue of our generation.

Global perspective

Helping Haiti
Returning Haiti’s education system to its pre-earthquake character will not be sufficient, just as returning New Orleans schools to their pre-Katrina status was deemed...
Haiti: Making education a right
In Haiti, the poorest nation in our hemisphere, work is under way to make education available to more of its children living in abject poverty.
Steeped in study
A remote Canadian school district approaches professional learning with a passion.
The Finnish way
Once an also-ran in international comparisons, Finland has soared to the top by building a system based on trust and responsibility.


The ultimate practitioner
Profile of Rick DuFour, one-time superintendent of Adlai Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., and one of the principal architects of professional learning communities.
Second to none
Profile of Stephanie Hirsh, then the incoming executive director of Learning Forward and a passionate advocate for ensuring high-quality professional learning for all educators

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