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Quiñones, Sandra – Urban Education, 2018
To increase teacher diversity, a number of states have strategically invested in Grow Your Own (GYO) programs that recruit, support, and prepare underrepresented youth to teach in urban schools. Drawing from a "mujerista" lens, this qualitative research examines the experiences and perspectives of two homegrown Puerto Rican teachers in…
Descriptors: Puerto Ricans, Qualitative Research, Teaching Experience, Teacher Attitudes
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Childs, Joshua; Russell, Jennifer Lin – Urban Education, 2017
Improving low-achieving schools is a critical challenge facing urban education. Recent national policy shifts have pressed states to take an expanded role in school improvement efforts. In 2009, a federal grant competition called Race to the Top (RttT) compelled states to improve their capacity to implement ambitious education reform agendas.…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Low Achievement, School Turnaround, Urban Schools
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Bernstein, Eve; Lysniak, Ulana – Urban Education, 2017
Physical education teachers' (N = 9) beliefs and implementation of competitive activities for middle school multicultural student populations (Grades 6-8) in physical education class in the Greater New York area were examined. Data were collected by nonparticipant observation and field notes, two semistructured interviews, and postobservation…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Teacher Attitudes, Competition, Program Implementation
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DiMartino, Catherine; Jessen, Sarah Butler – Urban Education, 2016
Over the past 20 years, market-based choice initiatives have become a popular approach to education reform. Since 2002, the New York City Department of Education has opened over 250 high schools, creating a marketplace so widespread that many students no longer have a zoned or neighborhood school. This article uses two New York City--based case…
Descriptors: High Schools, Public Schools, Institutional Advancement, Educational Practices
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Harper, Shaun R. – Urban Education, 2015
The overwhelming majority of published scholarship on urban high schools in the United States focuses on problems of inadequacy, instability, underperformance, and violence. Similarly, across all schooling contexts, most of what has been written about young men of color continually reinforces deficit narratives about their educational possibility.…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High School Students, Males, Adolescents
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Shady, Ashraf A. – Urban Education, 2015
This study investigates the effects of widely advocated organizational reform for secondary schools, namely the small school model, on the collective efficacy of teachers and students who did not share the school's common vision. Themes that emerged during the study linked the students' academic engagement to faculty dispositions, the physical…
Descriptors: Small Schools, Urban Schools, Inclusion, Learner Engagement
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Calzada, Esther J.; Huang, Keng-Yen; Hernandez, Miguel; Soriano, Erika; Acra, C. Francoise; Dawson-McClure, Spring; Kamboukos, Dimitra; Brotman, Laurie – Urban Education, 2015
Parent involvement is a robust predictor of academic achievement, but little is known about school- and home-based involvement in immigrant families. Drawing on ecological theories, the present study examined contextual characteristics as predictors of parent involvement among Afro-Caribbean and Latino parents of young students in urban public…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Family Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Family Involvement
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Lukes, Marguerite – Urban Education, 2014
This mixed-methods study examines educational experiences of Latino immigrant young adult dropouts in New York City, along with pre- and postmigration factors that impact school participation. Due to age, interrupted schooling, and limited English proficiency, high schools view this population as hard to serve. Increasing numbers of these youth…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Hispanic Americans, Young Adults, Immigrants
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Lobman, Carrie – Urban Education, 2014
The intense focus on standardized tests has created a culture of anxiety in many inner-city schools. This article presents the findings of a case study of a test anxiety program that helped inner-city students and staffs deal more productively with anxiety through play, performance, and team building. According to the findings, the program created…
Descriptors: Test Anxiety, Urban Schools, Elementary Schools, School Activities
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Jackson, Iesha; Sealey-Ruiz, Yolanda; Watson, Wanda – Urban Education, 2014
Although mentoring programs can produce positive outcomes for youth, more research is needed that offers an account of how Black and Latino male mentors and mentees experience mentoring. This phenomenological study highlights the voices of a mentor and 14 Black and Latino males who are part of the Umoja Network for Young Men (UMOJA) an all-male,…
Descriptors: Mentors, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Males
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Shiller, Jessica T. – Urban Education, 2013
The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) shows a civic knowledge gap similar to the achievement gap, showing urban youth struggling in particular. However, research has shown that urban youth can be civically engaged when they are involved in projects or organizing intended to improve community conditions, not simply absorbing civic…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Citizen Participation, Community Organizations, Democracy
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Silverman, Robert Mark – Urban Education, 2013
This article compares charter schools and other public schools in New York State. School Report Card (SRC) data measuring student, teacher, and school characteristics from the state's 16 urban school districts with charter schools were examined. Descriptive and multivariate analysis was used. The findings suggest that there are more similarities…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Report Cards, Charter Schools, Multivariate Analysis
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McKillip, Mary E. M.; Godfrey, Kelly E.; Rawls, Anita – Urban Education, 2013
Students who struggle in pursuit of postsecondary education tend to be Latino, Black, low-income, or first-generation college students. This article presents the case of a small public school serving students grades 6-12 from these traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in a large urban school district. Observations revealed that the school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, College Preparation, School Culture, Social Development
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Eglash, Ron; Gilbert, Juan E.; Taylor, Valerie; Geier, Susan R. – Urban Education, 2013
The academic performance and engagement of youth from under-represented ethnic groups (African American, Latino, and Indigenous) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) show statistically large gaps in comparison with their White and Asian peers. Some of these differences can be attributed to the direct impact of economic…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Urban Schools, After School Programs, Educational Technology
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García, Ofelia; Woodley, Heather Homonoff; Flores, Nelson; Chu, Haiwen – Urban Education, 2013
This article explores the results of a study of Latino youth in New York City public high schools. We propose that the common element among the schools is what we call here "transcaring," an overarching culture of care that allows for the creation of third spaces within school, transcending traditional dichotomies around language,…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Bilingual Students, Urban Schools, Public Schools
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