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Marsh, L. Trenton S. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2018
In this article, I explore the ways in which school-imposed labeling at one "no-excuses" public charter school impacts teachers' perceptions of students who were labeled as being high risk or struggling academically, and how these students perceive their own schooling experiences. A primary aim was to extend how labeling is viewed in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Labeling (of Persons), Teacher Student Relationship, Student Attitudes
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Shahnazarian, Armen – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
As outlined by many of the social and political movements happening around us today, now more than ever, youth need to be critically conscious of their world in order to navigate it successfully. The Toronto District School Board, where Armen Shahnazarian teaches uses the hybrid model of culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy (CRRP), based on…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Learner Engagement, Consciousness Raising
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Schroeder, Stephanie – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
With the number of school shootings on the rise across the United States, and the preponderance of mass shootings off of school grounds, some school districts and politicians are responding with proposals for beefed up security and surveillance measures. While these proposals may sound appealing in the immediate wake of disaster, policy-makers and…
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, Ethnic Groups, Violence, Disadvantaged
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LaSalle, Dan – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Struck by his students' often hostile and apathetic responses to assignments and instruction and hoping to contribute to the knowledge of motivation, Dan LaSalle began to take an inquiry stance on his own practice. He studied his practice on three fronts with the help of an off-site teacher research group: (1) how his inquiry question changes as a…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Essays, Writing Instruction, Inquiry
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Reed, Sam, III – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2013
In this article, the author presents his thoughts, as a teacher activist, on the school closing process in Philadelphia, particularly the effect of the closing process on Beeber Middle School and its response to the closing. The District's Facilities Master Plan originally called for closing 37 schools, Some schools were removed from the closing…
Descriptors: Activism, School Closing, Advocacy, Teacher Attitudes
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Dorman, Elizabeth Hope – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2012
This paper focuses on three secondary education teachers who earned licensure through a graduate-level urban teacher preparation program and then accepted positions at diverse, urban schools in the western U.S. The primary research question asks: "How do three urban secondary teachers implement the pedagogical tool of expressing and…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Urban Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Mora, Richard – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
Existing evidence suggests that high stakes exams result in little increased learning among students. Yet, given the federal mandates for greater accountability, such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation and Race to the Top policies, and the "pervasive testing culture," the use of high-stakes tests is presently an accepted…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Urban Schools, Middle School Students, Test Preparation
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Olivares-Cuhat, Gabriela – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
The purpose of this pilot study is to gain more insight into learner factors prominent in high-poverty urban schools and to suggest pedagogical approaches appropriate to this environment. To this end, three surveys were administered to students attending a high-poverty, urban middle school in order to measure their learning style preferences,…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Poverty Areas, Urban Schools, Middle School Students
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Connor, Hannah – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
The need to improve math education around the country has been well documented, especially in urban school systems like Philadelphia. In Spring 2010, only 56.6% of students in Philadelphia Public schools scored proficient or advanced on the Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment (PSSA). In Philadelphia Empowerment Schools, the 107 lowest…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Remedial Mathematics, Curriculum Implementation, Empowerment
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Ebby, Caroline; Lim, Vivian; Reinke, Luke; Remillard, Janine; Magee, Emily; Hoe, Nina; Cyrus, Maya – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
In this article, the authors describe a conceptual framework for using locally relevant mathematics curricula to increase access to mathematics for marginalized youth. Drawing on different strands of research on equity in mathematics education, the authors propose that there are three kinds of access that are afforded by the use of contexts that…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Criticism, Relevance (Education), Disadvantaged
Esposito, Jennifer; Swain, Ayanna N. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2009
This article explores issues surrounding teaching for social justice in urban schools. Using qualitative methods, our study examined the ways in which seven urban teachers used culturally relevant pedagogy as a mechanism for teaching for social justice. We found that by adhering to the tenets of culturally relevant pedagogy (e.g. personal…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Urban Schools, Urban Teaching, Culturally Relevant Education
Hill, K. Dara – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2008
Grounded in integrated and excerpt style (Emerson, et al., 1995), this article chronicles Mr. Lehrer, an English teacher who provides his students access to standard and nonstandard writing conventions. Student writing samples and discursive practices illustrate enhanced awareness of distinctions between nonstandard language (African American…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, Suburban Schools, Working Class, Black Dialects
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Towery, Ila Deshmukh – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2007
The continued persistence of sexism and institutional gender bias in schools is well documented. The empirical research in this area has uncovered a host of negative outcomes associated with gender inequity for all children. Research suggests that schools provide an excellent forum in which issues of gender inequities may be examined and…
Descriptors: Sex Fairness, Faculty Development, Gender Bias, Teacher Attitudes