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Shafer, Rowan – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2018
The savior teacher/deficit parent narrative has become a public pedagogy in America, evidenced by the rise of Teach for America, and the threat of extreme neoliberal education reforms by the Trump administration. In this paper, I examine how the popular television show, "The Simpsons," upholds and challenges familiar tropes of the savior…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Teaching Methods, Television, Programming (Broadcast)
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Lee, Jinsol – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
In the fall of 2012, a series of teacher union strikes in Chicago catalyzed controversial discussions in education within the political sector, as the goals for student achievement gained increasing attention. Hence, discourses as systems of representation within the particular context and time-period of the teacher union strikes in Chicago…
Descriptors: Presidents, Discourse Analysis, Criticism, Politics of Education
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Adams, Benedict Lazarus – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
This study entailed understanding how urban teachers supported a population of immigrant students (from non-English speaking countries) and English Language Leaners (ELLs) as well as how teachers made sense of and carried out instruction for this group of students in an urban classroom. The author's ultimate goal as a teacher educator was to…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Immigrants, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement
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Kent, Daniel C. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
Today Singapore is the top or among the top performers in the world on a number of educational metrics. The country boasts the number one ranking in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the highly visible and regarded international assessment conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Development, Educational Change, Educational Practices
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West-Burns, Nicole; Murray, Karen – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
In classroom spaces on a daily basis, students are encouraged to express who they are as learners and demonstrate their own understanding of their learning. Students' ability to contribute to their own learning is an essential characteristic of an engaging classroom space and supports high academic achievement. The authors' work highlights one…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Power Structure, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries
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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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Hungerford-Kresser, Holly; Amaro-Jimenez, Carla – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2012
This qualitative case study focuses on the early college experiences of five Latina/o urban-schooled students who graduated in the top 10% of their high school class, guaranteeing them admission into a prestigious four year state university. Although all participated in transition initiatives, and initially felt equipped to participate in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Hispanic Americans, Case Studies, Self Concept
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Gullan, Rebecca Lakin; Hoffman, Beth Necowitz; Leff, Stephen S. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
Achievement of a coherent and strong sense of self is critical to positive academic outcomes for urban minority youth. The present study utilized a mixed-methods approach to explore key aspects of identity development for African American adolescents living in a high-poverty, urban neighborhood. Results suggest that efforts to develop a sense of…
Descriptors: African American Students, African American Culture, Adolescents, Teaching Methods
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Spencer, Tamara – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
In recent years, researchers have called into question the efficacy of prescribed commercial curricula in early childhood classrooms (Genishi & Dyson, 2009). Despite these concerns, federally funded initiatives and such findings as those presented in the Report of the National Early Literacy Panel continue to promote scientifically based…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Literacy Education, Reading, Ethnography
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Hershberg, Theodore; Robertson-Kraft, Claire – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2010
Education policy makers have long searched for a system that will recognize and reward outstanding practice, support educators to improve their performance, and, most importantly, increase student achievement. For states and school districts to secure grants from the $4.35 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) Fund, President Barack Obama is requiring…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Federal Legislation, Academic Achievement
Livermore, Craig – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2008
Much has been written about the adaptation from criminology of the "Broken Windows" theory of order maintenance in successful urban educational models. Yet, the manner in which the theory is written and discussed often misses the nuances and feel of the theory as successfully applied. This misunderstanding has lead to its conflation with the "Zero…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Models, Student Behavior, Expectation
Portes, Pedro R. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2008
Addressing the underdevelopment awaiting most children belonging to historically disparaged groups in the uneven playing field of public education remains--the top problem in advancing equity and excellence in education. Clearly, excellence in the educational system requires equity in opportunities to learn regardless of children's background or…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Achievement Gap, Excellence in Education, Public Education