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May, Judy Jackson; Sanders, Eugene T. W. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2013
Districts throughout the nation are engaged in comprehensive transformation to "turn around" low performing schools. Standardized test scores are used to gauge student achievement; however, academic gains may lag behind leading indicators such as improved school climate and effective leadership. This study examines 16 underperforming…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Scores, School Turnaround, Instructional Leadership
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Burke, Christopher J. F.; Adler, Martha – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2013
This case study examines the experiences of two fifth grade teachers as they dealt with district mandates while trying to address their high-poverty urban children's learning needs. It reveals their personal struggles that led to both compliance and resistance. In this case, the act of finding the space to engage in the intellectual and creative…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Student Needs, Elementary School Students, Poverty
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Mahoney, Timothy – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2012
This paper describes the experiences of preservice teachers developing deeper understanding of themselves and diverse students through participation in the Philadelphia Urban Seminar. The Seminar focuses on the reconstruction of more complete understanding of urban students and urban communities by combining field experience in Philadelphia with…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Seminars, Urban Schools, Preservice Teachers
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Shealey, Monika Williams – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2007
What constitutes effective reading instruction for urban and ethnically diverse learners has been the topic of a great deal of debate. Particularly, during this time of sweeping mandates and increased calls for accountability. The response from urban schools to The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) serves as the backdrop for this paper which will…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Urban Schools, Urban Teaching
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Cramer, Elizabeth D.; Gudwin, Denise M.; Salazar, Magda – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2007
Under the No Child Left Behind Act (2002), all schools are required to demonstrate that all students make annual yearly progress (AYP). This can be difficult, particularly for students in urban schools and even more so for students with disabilities. The authors report on one large urban school district's attempts to provide support to 140 schools…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Federal Legislation, Educational Improvement, Professional Development
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May, Judy Jackson – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 propelled high stakes testing to an unprecedented level of significance. Decisions based on the results of such mandated assessments is flawed in that the tests are not an accurate measure of actual knowledge and neglect to address environmental, socio-cultural, and economic factors influencing student…
Descriptors: Income, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement, Economic Factors