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Warren, Mark R.; Calderón, José; Kupscznk, Luke Aubry; Squires, Gregory; Su, Celina – Urban Education, 2018
Contrary to the charge that advocacy-oriented research cannot meet social science research standards because it is inherently biased, the authors of this article argue that collaborative, community-engaged scholarship (CCES) must meet high standards of rigor if it is to be useful to support equity-oriented, social justice agendas. In fact, they…
Descriptors: Scholarship, Community Involvement, Cooperation, Advocacy
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Zoch, Melody – Urban Education, 2017
This article examines how four urban elementary teachers designed their literacy instruction in ways that sought to sustain students' cultural competence--maintaining their language and cultural practices while also gaining access to more dominant ones--amid expectations to prepare students for high-stakes testing. A large part of their teaching…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Cultural Awareness, Urban Schools, Elementary School Teachers
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Siwatu, Kamau Oginga; Putman, S. Michael; Starker-Glass, Tehia V.; Lewis, Chance W. – Urban Education, 2017
This article reports on the development and initial validation of the Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Self-Efficacy Scale. Data from 380 preservice and inservice teachers were used to examine the psychometric properties of the instrument. Exploratory factor analysis results suggested a one-factor structure consisting of 35 items and the…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Self Efficacy, Test Construction, Test Validity
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Aidman, Barry; Malerba, Catherine – Urban Education, 2017
This study examines the intermediate effects of a community-based college preparation program in a fast growth, high-needs exurban district in Texas. Participants and a matched group of nonparticipants were compared on a variety of academic and noncognitive measures. Findings indicate program participation is associated with higher scores on the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Community Education, College Preparation, Academic Achievement
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Crawford, Emily R.; Fuller, Edward J. – Urban Education, 2017
More work is needed to engage the talents and empower Latino students to reach their full academic potential. We suggest that one potential cause for Latino student underperformance is the underrepresentation of Latino school leaders. Research suggests that school leaders who understand the cultural background and lived experiences of students…
Descriptors: Hispanic Americans, Placement, Hispanic American Students, Principals
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Donnor, Jamel K. – Urban Education, 2016
Despite being academically unqualified for admission to the University of Texas at Austin, Abigail Fisher, a White female, argued that she was not admitted due to the university's diversity policy. In addition to framing post-secondary admissions as a zero-sum phenomenon, Ms. Fisher intentionally framed students of color who are admitted to the…
Descriptors: Race, Critical Theory, Preferences, Educational Policy
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Kucsera, John V.; Siegel-Hawley, Genevieve; Orfield, Gary – Urban Education, 2015
Southern California is facing a demographic transformation that will become characteristic of the nation as a whole in coming decades. In this research, we present a historical review of the region's attempt to address school inequity, recent enrollment and segregation trends, and an investigation of whether segregation still matters. Our results…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Racial Segregation, Socioeconomic Status, English Language Learners
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Khalifa, Muhammad A.; Jennings, Michael E.; Briscoe, Felecia; Oleszweski, Ashley M.; Abdi, Nimo – Urban Education, 2014
This case study describes tensions that became apparent between community members and school administrators after a proposal to close a historically African American public high school in a large urban Southwestern city. When members of the city's longstanding African American community responded with outrage, the school district's senior…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Data, Decision Making, School Closing
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Hamilton, Madlene P.; Heilig, Julian Vasquez; Pazey, Barbara L. – Urban Education, 2014
A mainstay in NCLB and the Obama administration education plan is turning around low-performing schools. This study utilized surveys and interviews with school leaders from four turnaround urban high schools in Texas to understand student outcomes before and after school restructuring and reconstitution. Although some organizational changes were…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Turnaround, Educational Change, School Restructuring
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Johnson, Amanda Walker – Urban Education, 2013
"Turnaround" strategies of educational reform promise that school closure, reconstitution, privatizing, and reopening them will bring miraculous results. Questioning the implications, this article situates "turnaround" strategies locally, following the closure of a predominantly minority high school in 2008, in Austin, Texas.…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Therapy, Educational Change, School Closing
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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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Jupp, James C.; Slattery, G. Patrick, Jr. – Urban Education, 2012
Broadly speaking, this reflection approaches the on-going concern of capacitating an overwhelmingly White teaching profession for effectively teaching inner-city students attending "de facto" segregated schools. Using professional identifications, this reflection presents narrativized understanding of respondents' "becoming"…
Descriptors: Creativity, Urban Schools, Whites, Professional Identity
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Warren, Mark R. – Urban Education, 2011
In this article, the author argues that urban school reform falters, in part, because of the lack of an organized political constituency among the stakeholders with the most direct interest in school improvement, that is, parents whose children attend urban schools. The author examines community organizing as a potential strategy to build such a…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Change, Public Schools, Politics of Education
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Van Zandt, Shannon; Wunneburger, Douglas F. – Urban Education, 2011
Disparate outcomes resulting from economic segregation in public primary schools have been the subject of much debate and litigation. Little research, however, examines whether negative outcomes may be exacerbated by inequities in the distribution of housing across metropolitan areas. This article explores connections between residential land use…
Descriptors: Land Use, Housing, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students
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Maxcy, Brendan – Urban Education, 2009
Examining work and community relations in one Texas school district, this study explores intensifying managerialism under performance accountability (PA) pressures. Reports, press releases, and media accounts are combined with ethnographic study from one elementary school to explore the enactment of school district reforms. Locating PA within a…
Descriptors: Ethnography, School Districts, Educational Change, Community Relations
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