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LaSalle, Daniel – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
In this article, northeast Philadelphia teacher Daniel LaSalle describes the transition and struggle of leaving his past students and adjusting to a new school. He concludes that the highly contextualized knowledge of how to navigate, and be accepted in, a school culture is not something found in the latest journal articles or books on education.…
Descriptors: Faculty Mobility, Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Students
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Abdul-Jabbar, Mustafa; Kurshan, Barbara – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
There is an increasing reliance on market principles and values in the education space, particularly in urban contexts, accompanied by a growing diversification of educational service providers. Due in part to increased interactivity amongst constituents in this growing assembly of providers and actors, educational innovation ecosystem…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Educational Innovation, Ecology, Private Sector
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Taton, Joshua A. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
The author argues that students' persistent struggles with mathematics suggest a new form of professional development for teachers is needed. The author draws on a model of professional learning in literacy education to propose an analogous model for mathematics education: teachers of mathematics need to produce mathematical ideas, themselves, in…
Descriptors: Reflection, Faculty Development, Mathematics Education, Training Methods
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Hopkins, Ami Patel; Rulli, Carolyn; Schiff, Daniel; Fradera, Marina – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Network building vitally impacts career development, but in few professions does it impact daily practice more than in teaching. Teacher networks, known as professional learning communities, communities of practice, peer learning circles, virtual professional communities, as well as other names, play a unique and powerful role in education. In…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Network Analysis, Educational History, Educational Research
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Stratos, Kati; Wolford, Tonya; Reitano, Adrienne – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
In 2010-2011, the School District of Philadelphia (the District) launched its Renaissance Schools Initiative, a program designed to dramatically improve student achievement in the District's lowest performing schools. Some schools became Promise Academies, based on the federal turnaround model, and remained District-operated neighborhood schools.…
Descriptors: Low Achievement, Achievement Gains, Educational Change, Academic Achievement
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Schiff, Daniel; Herzog, Liza; Farley-Ripple, Elizabeth; Iannuccilli, Lauren Thum – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Teacher collaboration has become an increasingly important lever for school improvement efforts. This is especially true in high need urban districts, which struggle with capacity building in the face of significant teacher turnover, major shifts in curriculum and instruction, and scarce resources. This paper employs a mixed methods approach to…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Communities of Practice, Teacher Collaboration, Urban Schools
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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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Dickerson, Katie – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Many of us are plagued by negative memories of sustained silent reading. In some of these memories, we are the students, attempting to read a book that didn't hold our interest or trying to read over the din of our disengaged classmates. In other memories, we are the teachers, suffering through a ten-minute classroom management nightmare, deciding…
Descriptors: Independent Reading, Silent Reading, Reading Attitudes, Reading Programs
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Riley, Kathleen – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Kathleen Riley begins this article by providing quotes from James H. Lytle, and Anissa Weinraub, which were published in "Perspectives on Urban Education" in the summer of 2013. While they hold different professional positions (Lytle is a retired administrator and professor; Weinraub is a teacher and organizer), both wrote as…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Reading Strategies, Reading Programs, Books
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Block, Joshua – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2014
In this article, Joshua Block states that his high school students are creators discovering how to express their ideas and emotions in multiple, complex ways. He teaches students who write their lives through words on pages as they fill journal after journal. There are others who constantly write and create in the form of tweets, photos, videos,…
Descriptors: Humanities, Humanities Instruction, High School Students, Inquiry
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Ahmed, Nuwar – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2013
This article offers the author's views about the business aspects of school administration in the U.S., and discusses the mass school closures in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago. These closures were intended to improve the educational systems within those cities, yet none have benefited from these reforms. She also explains the…
Descriptors: School Closing, Resistance to Change, Cost Effectiveness, Standardized Tests
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Lax, Zach – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2013
Teachers are natural problem solvers, and they should be using this quality to their advantage when it comes to solving the systemic issues that plague Philadelphia's education system. Many of the articles in this issue have already gone into great detail about what is happening in Philadelphia. Torch Lytle has provided a summary of the recent…
Descriptors: Teachers, Problem Solving, Urban Schools, Brainstorming
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Jack, James; Sludden, John – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2013
In 2012, the School District of Philadelphia closed six schools. In 2013, it closed 24. The closure of 30 schools has occurred amid a financial crisis, headlined by the district's $1.35 billion deficit. School closures are one piece of the district's plan to cut expenditures and close its budget gap. The closures are also intended to make…
Descriptors: School Closing, School Districts, Expenditures, Outcomes of Education
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Fine, Michelle – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2013
Information about the MIT Media Lab PLATFORM, a Summit of Innovators, is presented. This Summit was comprised of engineers, computer scientists, coders, activists, designers, and technology wizards, a gathering of people of color who have been remarkably successful, provocative, and creative against the odds. The event enabled the author and other…
Descriptors: Educational History, Activism, Minority Groups, Equal Education
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Conner, Jerusha; Rosen, Sonia – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2013
Philadelphia has a rich history of high school student activism, stretching back to 1967, when 3,500 Philadelphia students walked out of their schools, marched to the Board of Education, and demanded the addition of black history courses taught by black teachers, the removal of police from high schools, and an increase in the hiring of black…
Descriptors: Public Education, Activism, Advocacy, Student Empowerment
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