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Renewed Commitments: Centering Community Care in Learning and Teaching
by Katie Headrick Taylor, Manka Varghese & Maggie Beneke
In light of multiple crises in the U.S.—the pandemic, ongoing racial violence, and the climate emergency—rather than returning to educational “normalcy,” as mother-educator-scholars, we urgently call for transformative possibilities for learning in and outside of schools that center community care. We provide three starting points for this transformation: reimagining social emotional teaching and learning; examining the purpose and use of educational technologies; and valuing place-based learning. Overall, we argue that the continued adherence to the myth of meritocracy, encoded in white supremacist and ableist educational structures, is antithetical to the well-being of all people and our nonhuman kin. We conclude the commentary by stating our hope for a more loving and just future: caring for one another and our communities, creating space with each other to state what we need, and recognizing our interdependence.
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Teacher Sorting Within and Across Schools and Nations: A Comparative Study of South Korea and the United States

by Dong Wook Jeong & Thomas F. Luschei
This article compares the distribution of teacher characteristics in South Korea and the United States, using data from the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey. Examining teacher distribution patterns across both schools and classrooms, the authors find greater cross-school inequities in the United States; cross-classroom differences are inequitable in both countries, but in different ways.
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OECD’s Approach to Measuring Global Competency: Powerful Voices Shaping Education

by Susan Ledger, Michael Thier, Lucy Bailey & Christine Pitts
The OECD is adding a global competency measure to its Program of International Student Assessment (PISA) suite of assessments for 15 year olds in 2018. Given the OECD’s hegemonic role in influencing multinational education policy, the inclusion is globally significant and requires scrutiny to ensure multicontextual and cultural viewpoints of “global competency” prevail over the possibility of more narrow privileged perspectives.
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Book Reviews

Financial awareness in education

The importance of understanding basic facts about the banking and payments systems in the US such as routing number, ABA, clearing systems.
How teachers can prepare the youth about every day transactions and decisions in adult life.

by Andre Ward
reviewed by Eleanor Wilson


Sixteen Teachers Teaching: Two-year College Perspectives

by Patrick Sullivan
reviewed by Eleanor Wilson


Critical Race Theory in Education: A Scholar's Journey

by Gloria Ladson-Billings
reviewed by DeMarcus A. Jenkins


In Community of Inquiry with Ann Margaret Sharp: Childhood, Philosophy and Education

by Maughn Rollins Gregory & Megan Jane Laverty (Editors)
reviewed by Burhanettin Keskin


Re-Conceptualizing Safe Spaces Supporting Inclusive Education

by Kate Winter & Andrea Bramberger (Editors)
reviewed by Danielle Lane & Nicholas Catania

Education researcher Mica Pollock discusses her TC Record article,"It Takes a Network to Raise a Child: Improving the Communication Infrastructure of Public Education to Enable Community Cooperation in Young People’s Success." Watch and discuss this episode on Vialogues.

Publishing in TCR
To submit work to the Teachers College Record, please use our online submission system. To access the system, use the link "Submit My Work," found in the Member Center. The submission system will explain our publishing guidelines, and will allow you to upload your manuscript. Please consult the following Editorials for additional information.

Envisioning the Future of TCR

by Michelle G. Knight-Manuel
Leveraging the strengths of the journal, welcoming more inclusivity, and enhancing their digital presence animates new directions for engaging the broader national and international educational community in service of the public good.
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Free College: A Powerful Pathway to Prosperity
by Tracy D. Hall
Removing stubborn financial and social barriers to college through programs like TN Promise enables us to reshape the outlook of those who may see higher education as just beyond their grasp. Move college from a rite of passage for the privileged to a powerful pathway to prosperity and financial security for everyone.
Free Community College and the Pursuit of a Dream
by Myron T. Strong
Inspired by the Biden infrastructure bill that originally included free community college initiatives, this essay explores the value of community colleges by examining both sides of the debate. Ultimately, concluding that regardless of what side you are on, if we want a truly fair society with true equal of opportunity, there must be free access to public education.
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