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Storm, Scott – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
This essay examines the author's experiences with becoming a teacher-researcher-leader across many years within two contrasting urban public school contexts. The article works against a traditional "myth" that views teaching as de-professionalized, low-skill and instead argues for teaching as professional, collaborative, political, and…
Descriptors: Teacher Researchers, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Teacher Leadership
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Carlough, Stacey – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
Teacher development does not stop when a degree is earned--at that point, it has barely taken flight. Real teacher growth happens when meaningful time and safe and authentic space are given to discussing and refining practice under the guidance of a pedagogically and contextually experienced mentor. Here, one teacher leader recounts her purposeful…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Leadership, Charter Schools, Urban Schools
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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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Elliott, Shanti; Bradbury, Joan; Gardner, Joseph – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
In the spring of 2014, Chicago educators met to reflect on the opportunities and challenges for progressive, democratic education in Chicago-area schools. This article weaves together the writings of teachers and principals from over 15 public schools and a couple of private and parochial schools who are thinking about their own experiences in…
Descriptors: Progressive Education, Democracy, Public Schools, Private Schools
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Pereira-Webber, Colin; Pereira-Webber, Evelina – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
A death within a school is a traumatic event that touches everyone in the school community. How teachers, students, and administrators respond to loss has ongoing implications for the adaptation of all involved. Therapists Colin Pereira-Webber and Evelina Pereira-Webber explore the topic of loss within a school through a written dialogue. Drawing…
Descriptors: Death, Trauma, Grief, Urban Schools
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Lee, Moosung; Madyun, Na'im; Lam, Beatrice Oi-yeung; Jumale, Mustafa – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
We examine whether the "acting white" labeling practice and subsequent peer isolation exist (or do not exist) within Somali immigrant adolescents, one of the most underresearched black immigrant student groups, and what school contexts are associated with their presence (or absence). Using a case study, we found that high-achieving…
Descriptors: Immigrants, African American Students, Social Isolation, Adolescents
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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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Seher, Rachel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
The article examines the enactment of culturally relevant progressivism on the part of the principal of the Social Justice School, a small urban public high school explicitly committed to democratic education. Drawing upon extensive interviews and field observations conducted over the course of an academic year by a teacher-researcher within the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Democracy, Social Justice, High Schools
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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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Tieman, John Samuel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
This essay is an open letter from a classroom teacher to a concerned citizen. The letter lists a variety of problems caused largely by standardization and the more corrosive effects of positivism. Many of these problems are unknown to those outside the immediate school setting. While the letter focuses on a specific setting, an inner city school…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Standards, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Olson, Christine – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Earlier essays in this symposium describe Restorative Justice processes in schools, referred to in our school as a Fairness Committee. Implementing these collaborative, restorative processes does not come without challenges. This essay will explore some of the historical and theoretical roots of the Fairness Committee in Lawrence Kohlberg's work…
Descriptors: Moral Development, Social Theories, Justice, Conflict Resolution
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Hantzopoulos, Maria – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
As zero tolerance policies and retributive disciplinary codes proliferate among public schools throughout the country, this essay reflects upon one school's nontraditional model of school "discipline" as an alternative to such punitive policies. In particular, this essay explores the fairness committee at Humanities Preparatory Academy…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Discipline, Zero Tolerance Policy, Decision Making Skills
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Exile has its place. As an age-old human response to conflict, its potential value to the healthy maturation of students and the school community should not be discounted. Exile or ostracism goes by various names in school. Students are told: Move your desk. Leave the classroom and wait in the hall. Go to the office. Go to detention. You're…
Descriptors: High Schools, Principals, Discipline, Suspension
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Seher, Rachel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
This article shows the process through which one teacher and a group of eleventh-graders worked to create spaces for democratic education in a hierarchically organized New York City public school that is heralded as a model of success under current reform initiatives. In response to student resistance to a required unit on Tim O'Brien's novel, The…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Grade 11, School Culture
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
American educators are expected to be partners in the rearing of our children, with crucial roles in children's intellectual and moral development both. We therefore must find thoughtfully balanced ways of assessing school performance and engineering school reform. In this essay, a high school principal reflects on recent accountability reforms in…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Accountability, Educational Change
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