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Kohli, Rita – Urban Education, 2018
Despite recruitment efforts, teachers of Color are underrepresented and leaving the teaching force at faster rates than their White counterparts. Using Critical Race Theory to analyze and present representative qualitative narratives from 218 racial justice-oriented, urban teachers of color, this article affirms that urban schools--despite serving…
Descriptors: Minority Group Teachers, Urban Teaching, Urban Schools, Critical Theory
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Horn, Ilana Seidel – Urban Education, 2018
Using a learning design perspective on No Child Left Behind (NCLB), I examine how accountability policy shaped urban educators' instructional sensemaking. Focusing on the role of policy-rooted classifications, I examine conversations from a middle school mathematics teacher team as a "best case" because they worked diligently to comply…
Descriptors: Accountability, Instructional Design, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Allen, Quaylan; White-Smith, Kimberly – Urban Education, 2018
This study examines parental involvement practices, the cultural wealth, and school experiences of poor and working-class mothers of Black boys. Drawing upon data from an ethnographic study, we examine qualitative interviews with four Black mothers. Using critical race theory and cultural wealth frameworks, we explore the mothers' approaches to…
Descriptors: African Americans, Mothers, Parent Student Relationship, Sons
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Beard, Karen Stansberry – Urban Education, 2018
This case study is the first known employing flow in educational administration in the United States. Using Csikszentmihalyi's flow theory and Dantley's purpose-driven leadership, an administrator's practices were examined with respect to two guiding questions: (a) is purposefulness integral to closing extant gaps in achievement, and (b) are the…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Achievement Gap, Educational Opportunities, Case Studies
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Peters-Hawkins, April L.; Reed, Latish C.; Kingsberry, Francemise – Urban Education, 2018
The Dynamic Leadership Succession model is used to analyze a leadership succession case in an urban school district. The qualitative findings show that the district did not forecast school leadership needs well; however, the principal sought to develop and mentor teacher leaders as her assistant principals. Second, sustaining efforts within the…
Descriptors: Principals, Urban Schools, Administrative Change, Change Strategies
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Flennaugh, Terry K.; Cooper Stein, Kristy S.; Carter Andrews, Dorinda J. – Urban Education, 2018
This qualitative study investigated how educators in urban second-chance high school settings made sense of their work with formerly disconnected youth. Using Duncan-Andrade's framework of critical hope, we examined how adults' orientations toward hope shaped the educational context in ways that were necessary and sufficient for student success.…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Urban Schools, High School Students, Nontraditional Education
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Johnson, Latrise P. – Urban Education, 2017
To understand how one participant "engage[s] in social action to solve problems," this research utilizes critical narrative analysis to illustrate how researchers may re-enter into critical conversations with participants to interrupt deficit discourses used when describing the lives of Black male youth. This article analyzes the…
Descriptors: African Americans, Males, Cultural Relevance, Social Action
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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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Butler, Jesse K.; Kane, Ruth G.; Morshead, Christopher E. – Urban Education, 2017
White Canadian teacher candidates are brought into direct dialogue with urban high school students through a yearlong immersion in a high school with a "demonized" image in the broader community. Interviews with students reveal experiences of school as "my safe space" and the predominance of a student culture not characterized…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Schools, High Schools, Student Attitudes
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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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Horn, Brian R. – Urban Education, 2017
This article explores student empowerment in a restructured urban Title I middle school. The study includes data from eight participants in an action research project that involved a critical inquiry unit in an eighth-grade language arts class that asked students, "How are you empowered and disempowered by school?" Findings reveal that…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, School Restructuring, Urban Schools, Middle School Students
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Fergus, Edward – Urban Education, 2017
Discussions on Latino/a students' interpretation of the opportunity structure and schooling treat racial/ethnic identification among Latino/as as static, despite skin color variation. This article provides findings from interviews with six Mexican students who discussed teachers identifying them as "White-looking" or…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, Race, Ethnicity, Interviews
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Nasir, Na'ilah Suad; McKinney de Royston, Maxine; O'Connor, Kathleen; Wischnia, Sarah – Urban Education, 2017
Despite post-racial rhetoric, stereotypes remain salient for American youth. We surveyed 150 elementary and middle schoolers in Northern California and conducted case studies of 12 students. Findings showed that (a) students hold school-related stereotypes that get stronger in middle school, (b) African American and Latino students experience…
Descriptors: Ethnic Stereotypes, Racial Bias, Knowledge Level, Beliefs
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Gist, Conra D. – Urban Education, 2017
This article centers and investigates the voices of teacher candidates of color to examine how double binds influence their teaching and learning experiences in teacher education programs. Interview and focus group data from teacher candidates of color at two teacher education programs are analyzed to unpack the types of personal and systemic ties…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Learning Experience, Teaching Experience
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He, Ye; Bettez, Silvia Cristina; Levin, Barbara B. – Urban Education, 2017
To challenge deficit thinking concerning immigrants and refugees in urban schools, we engaged members of local immigrant and refugee communities from China, Mexico, Liberia, and Sudan in focus group discussions about their prior educational experiences, their hopes and aspirations for education, and the supports and challenges they encountered in…
Descriptors: Refugees, Immigrants, Communities of Practice, Urban Schools
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