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Quezada, Maria S. – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Many family engagement programs logically focus on providing training and support for parent leaders, giving them the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively partner with schools. Even with comprehensive parent leadership training, sustainable family engagement initiatives cannot truly take hold without buy-in, shared understanding, and a…
Descriptors: Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Parent Education, Leadership Training
Chin, Maisie – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
CADRE, an organization led by Maisie Chin, is a Human Right to Education Campaign. Between 2005 and 2013, CADRE played a lead role in using grassroots organizing and leadership development to create a seismic shift in public policy, debate, and narrative around school discipline, racial disparities, parents' roles, school climate, and closing the…
Descriptors: Community Action, Community Organizations, School Community Programs, Partnerships in Education
Chatmon, Chris; Gray, Richard – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
African American males are three times more likely than their White male counterparts to be suspended or expelled in public schools. Changing these odds requires not only addressing disparities in discipline practices, but also lifting up a new narrative of hope, possibility, and brilliance so that young Black men can see and realize their…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, African American Achievement, Educational Change
Mirra, Nicole; Rogers, John – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Allocated classroom time is not the same as time available for learning--a host of economic and social stressors undermine learning time in schools serving low-income students. When time is limited, it is hard to meet rigorous learning standards. The challenge is compounded in high-poverty schools where community stressors place additional demands…
Descriptors: High Schools, Stress Variables, Low Income Groups, Time Factors (Learning)
Perez, Henry M.; Madera, Perla – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
This article describes a ten-year effort led by youth, community organizers, and a range of partners that resulted in two new, successful high schools and showed the power of grassroots mobilization for social justice. Since opening in 2009 and 2010 respectively, Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School for College and Career Preparation and…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Educational Improvement, Effective Schools Research, Interviews
McAfee, Michael; Torre, Mauricio – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
In this article, Michael McAfee and Mauricio Torre reflect on the successes and challenges of the Promise Neighborhoods movement as it works toward education equity, and on what it takes to effect large-scale, sustainable change for low-income communities and communities of color. Together they discuss the Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood project…
Descriptors: Neighborhood Improvement, Success, Programs, Equal Education
Lopez, Janet; Rivera, Peter – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Foundations across the country engage in grantmaking to eliminate the opportunity and achievement gaps in K-12 public schools. Many of the strategies and investments that funders have supported in recent years focus not only on "more time" but also on "better use of time" in schools. This better use of time centers on outcomes…
Descriptors: Time Factors (Learning), Time Perspective, Enrichment Activities, Time Management
Clark-Kasimu, Nakachi – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Unrest, crime, and poverty in Central America and other parts of the world have led to periodic migrations of unaccompanied children and young refugees into the United States. These children then enroll in U.S. schools--public education for all children, including undocumented children, is a right guaranteed by the 1982 "Plyler v. Doe"…
Descriptors: Refugees, School Community Programs, Tutoring, Partnerships in Education
Varady, Ashley – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
In San Francisco, a partnership between a K-8 school and a non-profit writing program helps students who are achieving below grade level find their voices and blossom into confident thinkers and writers. 826 Valencia is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Writing Skills, Empowerment, Imagination
Foley, Ellen; Mishook, Jacob; Lee, Jaein – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Despite some cuts to the nation's oldest Federal College Access Programs, known as the TRIO programs (e.g., Upward Bound), new education policies have emphasized college and career readiness. In 2010, Congress approved the College Access Challenge Grant Program, which aims to increase the number of low-income students who are ready for college.…
Descriptors: School Districts, Government Role, Program Development, College Readiness
Kless, Lambrina – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
In 2012-2013, leaders and staff of the San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) focused on accomplishing the district's new mission: to aggressively pursue solutions to close the opportunity gap and ensure that all students leave SJUSD with twenty-first-century skills, prepared to participate in a global society. The district's participation in…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Educational Indicators, School Districts, Achievement Gap