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Goings, Ramon B.; Smith, Aaron; Harris, Daniel; Wilson, Tanneshala; Lancaster, Demetrius – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
The challenges facing Black males throughout the educational pipeline have been discussed by researchers in detail. However, missing from this research are discussions from the perspective of researchers, educators, and community members united on how to better support Black males. The purpose of this reflective piece is twofold. First, we address…
Descriptors: Males, African American Students, Preservice Teachers, Theory Practice Relationship
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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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Fulmer, Ellie Fitts; Makepeace, Nia Nunn – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
While humor has long been documented as a useful teaching tool, it is almost entirely untheorized in terms of its potential for multicultural education. Specifically, the learning opportunities that racial comedic media offer in multicultural and anti-racist coursework is a particularly under-studied area, while research in this vein has great…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Comedy, Teaching Methods, Race
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Kalchman, Mindy – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
The traditional structure of field experiences poses a dilemma for urban teacher preparation. Research shows that teachers of low-income, urban students often have negative beliefs about, and attitudes towards, their students. Yet, large numbers of cooperating teachers are routinely utilized as mentors in urban classrooms. This practice…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Urban Areas, Reflection, Field Experience Programs
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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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Mthethwa-Sommers, Shirley; Kisiara, Otieno – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
This article is based on a study that examined how students from refugee backgrounds cope with victimization and bullying in three urban high schools in the United States. Qualitative methods of data collection and analysis were employed. Twelve high school students from refugee backgrounds participated in the study, which involved focus group…
Descriptors: Refugees, Listening, Coping, Victims of Crime
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Catapano, Susan; Gray, Jenny – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2015
Expanding the university-school partnership in one urban district led to the development of a Saturday enrichment program with preservice teachers planning curricula based on project learning. Researchers asked if this program, a departure from the structured curriculum of Monday through Friday class, had an impact on learners involved. Data were…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Student Projects, Active Learning, Program Implementation
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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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Hobson, Sarah – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2014
Given the prevalence of multimodal texts in today's world, it is not surprising that adolescent literacies are as dynamic, multimodal and visual as the texts with which they interact. As Kress & Van Leeuwen (1996) have outlined, the multimodal texts that make up a large percentage of our world consist of a range of modes (auditory,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Writing Teachers, Writing Instruction
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