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Theisen-Homer, Victoria – Schools: Studies in Education, 2015
Drawing primarily on interviews with a variety of teachers and other staff at a large urban Title 1 public school in California, Victoria Theisen-Homer paints an ethnographic portrait of how school personnel respond to undesirable changes. Although the school in this study, Skyline High School, had begun to thrive and most of the staff felt their…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Public Schools, Urban Schools, Disadvantaged Schools
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Knight, David; Wadhwa, Anita – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
In this article, we tackle the disadvantaging conditions of zero tolerance policies in school settings and advocate using an alternative approach--critical restorative justice through peacemaking circles--to nurture resilience and open opportunity at the school level. In the process, this article builds on theory and qualitative research and…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Rehabilitation Programs, Zero Tolerance Policy, Functional Behavioral Assessment
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Theisen-Homer, Victoria – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
In this autobiographical narrative, the author recounts her experiences teaching the novel "Always Running" by Luis Rodriguez with her English classes at a high school in a gang-heavy area. When she first started teaching, this teacher struggled to engage students. One particularly disruptive student requested to read "Always…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Personal Narratives, Novels, English Teachers
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Casesa, Rhianna – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
By examining the potential of purposefully implemented critical bicultural pedagogy (CBP) for student empowerment, this article responds to "Culture and Power in the Classroom: Educational Foundations for the Schooling of Bicultural Students" by Antonia Darder (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2012). Using a theoretical framework based upon…
Descriptors: Grade 4, Cultural Pluralism, Multicultural Education, Student Diversity
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Wallenstein, Roger – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
The focus of the achievement gap seems to be less about racial and ethnic distinctions and more about disparities in socioeconomic status. Students from affluent and secure backgrounds have a running head start on students mired in poverty. Few young people in the United States live in more challenging conditions than the children of the eastern…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Standardized Tests, Elementary School Students
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Cuevas, Geovanni; Kralovec, Etta – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
This story captures the tensions that existed when a small charter high school attempted to provide powerful leadership opportunities for students who had few. It details the process and outcome of offering students leadership roles in designing and implementing a student-led discipline committee. In the process, much changed at the school. The…
Descriptors: High Schools, Charter Schools, Committees, Student Empowerment