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Rust, Jonathan P. – Urban Education, 2019
Social justice, ensuring that all students receive access to equitable educational resources and opportunities to succeed academically, is a guiding principle for school counselors. With this ideal in mind, specific sociocultural factors that affect the academic achievement of African American students in urban school settings are considered.…
Descriptors: African American Students, Academic Achievement, School Counselors, Counselor Role
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Liou, Daniel D.; Rotheram-Fuller, Erin – Urban Education, 2019
Although education reforms have been designed to improve academic achievement for all students, there may be intervening factors, such as teacher expectations, that interfere with the success of these initiatives. This ethnographic case study examined student and teacher perspectives on an urban high school reform, and how that reform was…
Descriptors: African American Students, Academic Achievement, Equal Education, Self Concept
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Welsh, Richard O. – Urban Education, 2019
Although state-run turnaround districts have grown in prominence as a school improvement strategy with significant equity implications for urban education, little is known about the similarities and differences across states. This article provides a comparative analysis of state-run takeover districts in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia. Although…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Academic Achievement, State School District Relationship, School Districts
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Swanson, Jason; Welton, Anjalé – Urban Education, 2019
This cross-case case study explores how two White principals took the first steps to engage in racial conversations. Using the constructs of race consciousness and antiracism, race neutrality, and resistance to racial dialogue to frame our findings, we illustrate how both principals broached the topic of race with staff members. We demonstrate how…
Descriptors: Race, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Education
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Pazey, Barbara L.; DeMatthews, David – Urban Education, 2019
The Every Student Succeeds Act redefines the priorities of our nation's education system. Prior to its passage, turnaround strategies advanced solutions for low-performing schools. Research literature examining how these reforms impacted the schooling experiences of students attending these schools is lacking. We present the results of a…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Urban Schools, High Schools, High School Students
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Dixson, Adrienne D. – Urban Education, 2018
This article explores activism, education, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Using critical race theory (CRT), I analyze what this emergence of primarily youth-led activism means in the context of decades of neoliberal education reform. I raise specific questions about how youth-led activism, which has its genesis in and is largely shaped by…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Activism, Neoliberalism
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Royal, Camika; Dodo Seriki, Vanessa – Urban Education, 2018
This article examines the 2015 Atlanta cheating scandal trials and sentencing. Using critical race theory, the authors argue that cheating is a natural outgrowth of market-based school reform and that racial realism will always lead to scrutiny of Black performance. The sentences of these Black educators is overkill, rooted in anti-Blackness, and…
Descriptors: Cheating, African American Teachers, Educational Malpractice, Educational Change
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Jocson, Korina M. – Urban Education, 2018
This article addresses the discourse on career and technical education (CTE) from a multiperspectival approach to challenge the persisting academic-vocational divide. The author illustrates the paradoxical rhetoric in CTE, then shares a personal experience, and draws on ethnographic research to reveal a different understanding of enabling human…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Career Education, Technical Education, Educational Policy
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Eatman, Timothy K.; Ivory, Gaelle; Saltmarsh, John; Middleton, Michael; Wittman, Amanda; Dolgon, Corey – Urban Education, 2018
Publicly engaged scholarship (PES) has emerged as a powerful force, yet institutional policies and cultures have often inhibited its acceptance in the academy. This article considers the benefits of PES for higher education as well as the obstacles to its enactment. It identifies the college level as a critical site for change and offers a rubric…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, School Policy, Change Agents, Higher Education
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Malsbary, Christine Brigid – Urban Education, 2018
The current goals of the standards-based reform environment can be limiting to teachers' freedom and creativity. This occurs at a time when immigrant diversity transforms U.S. cities and innovative pedagogical responses are increasingly necessary. The confluence of these two processes is underexplored. Ethnography in New York City and Los Angeles…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Standards, Ethnography, Immigrants
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Rushing, Wanda – Urban Education, 2017
Few policies have affected American society as deeply as those related to the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision, "Brown v. Board of Education." Now, 60 years later, segregation persists along race and class divisions. This case study analysis of a merger that took place between 2010 and 2013 in Memphis and Shelby County,…
Descriptors: School Segregation, Civil Rights, Administrator Attitudes, Equal Education
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Sleeter, Christine E. – Urban Education, 2017
This article uses three tenets of critical race theory to critique the common pattern of teacher education focusing on preparing predominantly White cohorts of teacher candidates for racially and ethnically diverse students. The tenet of interest convergence asks how White interests are served through incremental steps. The tenet of color…
Descriptors: Race, Critical Theory, Teacher Education, Student Diversity
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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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Golden, Noah Asher – Urban Education, 2017
This narrative analysis case study challenges the education reform movement's fascination with "grit," the notion that a non-cognitive trait like persistence is at the core of disparate educational outcomes and the answer to our inequitable education system. Through analysis of the narratives and meaning-making processes of Elijah, a…
Descriptors: Educational Change, African American Students, High School Equivalency Programs, Case Studies
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Bowe, Anica G.; Desjardins, Christopher D.; Covington Clarkson, Lesa M.; Lawrenz, Frances – Urban Education, 2017
This study utilized a mixed-methods approach to holistically examine single-sex and coeducational urban elementary mathematics classes through situated cognitive theory. Participants came from two urban low-income Midwestern elementary schools with a high representation of minority students (n = 77 sixth graders, n = 4 teachers, n = 2 principals).…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Mixed Methods Research, Single Sex Schools
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