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Grillo, Lisa Maria; Ellis, Antonio L.; Durham, Jaquial D. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
The presence of teachers of color in transition education initiatives increases the likelihood that students of color with disabilities will experience success in meeting their postsecondary goals. Proposing the inclusion of postsecondary transition in certificate or degree offerings at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) directly…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Minority Group Students, Disabilities, Postsecondary Education
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Johnson, Nicole Jeanine – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
The definition of poverty in developed nations is "lack of income and productive resources sufficient to ensure sustainable livelihoods, hunger… lack of access to education and other basic services; increased morbidity and mortality from illness… unsafe environments; and social discrimination and exclusion" (Raphael, 2013, p. 5). Tenets…
Descriptors: Poverty, War, Developing Nations, Developed Nations
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Flores, Nelson – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
In this commentary, Flores states that language policing traps language-minoritized students in the position of having to reject their home language practices as inferior to the language practices of schooling. Language-minoritized students who are unable or unwilling to conform to these expectations, says Flores, are placed in the solitary…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Student Centered Curriculum, Language Acquisition, Second Language Learning
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Rodriguez, Rodrigo Joseph – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
On the margins of El Paso, Texas, a teacher-librarian communicates daily to her students the following bilingual mantra: "'Esta biblioteca les pertenece a ustedes.' This is your very own library." Lisa M. López-Williamson is the teacher-librarian and literacy activist and advocate at William "Guillermo" C. Herrera Elementary…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Elementary Schools, Bilingual Education
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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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Poza, Luis E. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
Conceptualizations of language and language learning underlie language pedagogies (Valdés, Poza, & Brooks, 2015). The present work relies on ethnographic observation and interviews in a dual immersion (DI) bilingual program, as well as a content analysis of the research foundation of the English Language Development intervention curriculum, to…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Intervention
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Welch, Bethany J. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
During the nearly sixteen years she has lived and worked in inner city neighborhoods in New York, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Bethany Welch has seen communities reclaim these spaces by tackling the most visible things first. This includes clearing trash strewn vacant lots and creating murals on expansive exterior walls stained with marks of time.…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Painting (Visual Arts), Art Activities, Community Cooperation
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Parker, Benjamin D. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
Schools tell stories. The materials, designs, and aesthetic flourishes found in and on older schools built during the Progressive Era of American Education can be examined and unpacked for their purposes, subtle messages, and audiences. This type of analysis is of great importance, as many of these schools are still in use today and have served…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Charter Schools, Public Schools, Elementary School Students
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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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Goldstein, Tara – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
In this essay I share the ways I have used performed ethnography to explore the notion of border crossing in an undergraduate course called "Equity and Activism in Education." Performed ethnography involves turning the findings of ethnographic research into a play script. My students read two performed ethnographies, "Harriet's…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Classroom Techniques, Undergraduate Students, Activism
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Scott, LaRon A. – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
The under-representation of Black male teachers in special education has significant consequences. Historically, Black males account for the disproportionately high number of children served in K-12 special education programs (Talbert-Johnson, 2001). Often, the children are evaluated using racially-biased assessments (Cartledge & Duke, 2008).…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Males, African American Teachers, African American Students
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Cramer, Liz – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Although Response to Intervention (RTI) has been generally studied in relation to student outcomes, the system itself requires further study, particularly for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. CLD students have consistently suffered inequities in the educational system, including over representation in high incidence disability…
Descriptors: Response to Intervention, Student Diversity, Urban Education, School Districts
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Smith, John F., III – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
An alumnus of both Teach For America and the master's program in urban education at the University of Pennsylvania, John F. Smith III delivered the following address on April 29, 2014, to teachers in the 2013 and 2014 cohorts of Teach For America in Philadelphia. Program organizers invited him to provide remarks during the capstone event and to…
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Teaching (Occupation), Teachers, Equal Education
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Jacobs, Katrina Bartow – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Urban educational contexts are increasingly complex, both in terms of what count as "urban" communities, and in regard to the increasing diversity of schools in these settings. Given that school-based learning experiences are a core element of nearly all teacher education, it is critical that we develop a better sense of how early career…
Descriptors: Urban Teaching, Urban Schools, Field Experience Programs, Graduate Students
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Madhuri, Marga; Walker, Nancy; Landmann-Johnsey, Erica; Laughter, Judson – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Literacy educators feel it is incumbent on teacher preparation programs to prepare teacher candidates with the dispositions and competencies needed to work with students from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds. As a way to initiate the discussion and help candidates examine their own views on race, literature circles are used. The…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Reading Instruction, Group Activities, Student Diversity
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