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Stewart, Tricia J.; Finnigan, Kara S. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
This article is a historical case study of an attempt to build a citywide coalition in Rochester, NY. The coalition wanted to improve urban education by implementing community based wrap-around supports in a similar form as the well-respected Harlem Children's Zone. Our study found that groups had difficulty creating buy-in for this reform effort…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Case Studies, Urban Areas, Community
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Bowens, Bryan D.; Warren, Susan R. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2016
This two-part investigation (a) assessed the impact of the Jaime Escalante Math Program (JEMP), a structured summer mathematics intervention program, on the math achievement of urban middle school students, (b) identified the characteristics of the program that the administrators and teachers perceived to contribute to student achievement, and (c)…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Intervention, Urban Schools
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Wu, Zhonghe; An, Shuhua – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2016
This study examined the effects of using the Model-Strategy-Application with Reasoning Approach (MSAR) in teaching and learning mathematics in linguistically and culturally diverse elementary classrooms. Through learning mathematics via the MSAR, students from different language ability groups gained an understanding of mathematics from creating…
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Urban Areas, School Districts, Grade 2
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Cross, Stephanie Behm – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2016
Over 30 years ago, Feiman-Nemser and Buchmann (1985) wrote about "pitfalls of experience" in teacher education. In the current study, I share vignettes of three student teachers engaged in an urban teacher preparation program to highlight how these pitfalls are still operating--and are arguably even more problematic--as we prepare…
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Teacher Education, Vignettes, Student Teachers
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Kim, Stacey C.; Warren, Susan – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2013
This study examined the effects of professional development on strengthening the efficacy and civic engagement of college students tutoring diverse K-5th grade English Language Learners in an urban community. A mixed methods approach including pre-and post-surveys, focus groups, weekly reflections, and supervisor observations revealed tutors'…
Descriptors: Tutors, Undergraduate Students, Professional Development, Elementary School Students
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Simmons, Robert W., III – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2012
African American males from urban communities have been attending Jesuit high schools in urban spaces for many years, yet little to no literature exists that explores their experiences while attending these elite private schools. This qualitative study of 10 African American males from an urban community attending a similarly positioned Jesuit…
Descriptors: African Americans, Males, Urban Areas, High School Students
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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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Lee, Linda – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2011
The policy discourse on improving student achievement has shifted from student outcomes to focusing on evaluating teacher effectiveness using standardized test scores. A major urban newspaper released a public database that ranked teachers' effectiveness using Value-Added Modeling. Teachers, whom are generally marginalized, were given the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Standardized Tests, Educational Change, Accountability
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Staples, Jeanine M.; Troutman, Stephanie – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2010
This research examines how urban adolescents of color who are placed at risk of academic and social failure interpret and respond to noble and ignoble purposes constructed in media texts. Drawing from New Literacy Studies, which provide impetuses for educators and researchers to explore youth's literacy practices and media engagements as they…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Urban Areas, Minority Groups, At Risk Persons
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Catlin, Janell N. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2008
This study focused on a concept entitled shared ethnography. The researcher and youth participants share race in common. Critical Race Theory was used to analyze the reflective journal. An after school science program in a high poverty urban environment provided the context for this study. The findings of the study suggested that when researcher…
Descriptors: African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Science Programs, Ethnography
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Cleovoulou, Yiola – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2008
Drawing on case studies of five elementary school teachers in one inner city school, the author explored ways teachers foster social inclusion in their classrooms. Rooted in classroom observations and extensive teacher interviews, teachers' teaching methods and practices were examined as a base from which to explore socially inclusive pedagogy in…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Letters (Correspondence), Literacy Education, Urban Areas
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Warner, Cheryl B. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2008
This study's purpose was to pair motivational orientation and ethnicity in a sample of urban African American middle school students (n = 213). Through multivariate analyses, the results revealed differences in motivational orientation between eighth graders when compared to their younger peers. The study supports the hypotheses of: a) the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Ethnicity, Student Motivation, Grade 8
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Watson, Allyson – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2007
History denotes a small number of African-Americans have held leadership roles in educational public and private school systems across the country. However, during the last decade black women have pioneered and forged new frontiers as educational as leaders within urban schools. Because of these contributions, more should be known regarding the…
Descriptors: African Americans, Urban Schools, Females, Teacher Leadership
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Voltz, Deborah L. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2006
In our current climate of standards-based reform, efforts abound to have all students reach the same goals. At the same time, other educational reforms, such as inclusion, are creating increasingly diverse populations of students in general education classrooms. Consequently, teachers often view inclusion and standards-based reform as incompatible…
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Educational Change, Individualized Instruction, Standards