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Barajas-López, Filiberto; Ishimaru, Ann M. – Urban Education, 2020
Educational researchers, leadership, and policymakers have had the privileged voices and place from which to theorize and address educational inequities. But for some exceptions, nondominant families have been relegated to participation in school-centric "parent involvement" activities. Drawing from a participatory design-based research…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Critical Theory, Race, Parent Participation
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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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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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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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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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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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Dumas, Michael J.; ross, kihana miraya – Urban Education, 2016
The authors put forward a theorization of a Black Critical Theory, or what might be called BlackCrit, within, and in response to, Critical Race Theory, and then outline ways that BlackCrit in education helps us to more incisively analyze how the specificity of (anti)blackness matters in explaining how Black bodies become marginalized, disregarded,…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, African Americans, Urban Education
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Anderson, Celia Rousseau; Dixson, Adrienne D. – Urban Education, 2016
In this article, the authors utilize core ideas from Critical Race Theory (CRT) to examine the nature of education reform in two river cities. Similar to other cases of education reform in urban districts, the reforms in the two focal cities reflect at least four characteristics in common: (1) a form of portfolio management; (2) the growth of…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Educational Change, Critical Theory, Race
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Carpenter, Bradley W.; Diem, Sarah – Urban Education, 2015
Despite the federal government's historical effort to ensure educational equity via policies targeting issues critical to U.S. urban cities, a transformation has taken place in the discourses shaping educational policy solutions. While policies targeting educational equity have not completely vanquished, they have been largely re-written by…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Equal Education, Educational Policy, Urban Education
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Carey, Roderick L. – Urban Education, 2014
In this article, I critique the labels and terms used to frame practices aimed at closing the achievement gap. I examine how an unacknowledged "achievement gap Discourse" has emerged from the language that informs practices and policies of contemporary school reform. I use Gee's uppercase "Discourse" and a cultural analytic…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Academic Achievement, Discourse Analysis, Criticism
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Griner, Angela Christine; Stewart, Martha Lue – Urban Education, 2013
Culturally responsive practices in schools and classrooms have been shown to be an effective means of addressing the achievement gap as well as the disproportionate representation of racially, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse students in programs serving students with special needs. While there has been much research discussing…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Reflection
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Boutte, Gloria Swindler – Urban Education, 2012
Addressing the seemingly perpetual turbulent landscape of urban schools, the role that elementary educators and teacher educators can play in reversing negative trends and trajectories is considered. Three urban education journals were examined over a 5-year period (2005-2010) to determine the emphasis on elementary students or schools. Of the 429…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Education Programs, Elementary School Teachers, Urban Education
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