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Chatmon, Christopher P.; Watson, Vajra M. – Voices in Urban Education, 2018
Educational spaces, like the rest of the nation's current policy arenas, have become a contentious terrain where ideological and political battles are fought and particular futures won. This article is written in the aftermath of the atrocity at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in August 2017, where racism, racial rage, hate, violence,…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, Equal Education, African American Students
Brinkley, Barry; Hines, Eric; Jones, Akisha; McMillian, Effie G.; Sturdivant, Brooksie; Walker, Monica – Voices in Urban Education, 2018
Considerable research on African American males (AAMs) in American schools over the past ten years shows that they are underrepresented in every positive measure of educational outcomes, and overrepresented in every negative measure. Many educators have developed low expectations, deficit thinking, and implicit biases toward AAMs and their…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Disproportionate Representation, Teacher Expectations of Students
Myers, Lesli C.; Finnigan, Kara S. – Voices in Urban Education, 2018
Challenging and confronting educational systems and structures, the vast majority of which come from a place of privilege, is uncomfortable but necessary. Education, from early childhood to post-secondary, should challenge and address the racial inequities that inevitably characterize such systems and structures. Yet, we do not always do this…
Descriptors: Race, Racial Discrimination, Educational Cooperation, Data
Fine, Wendy; Lansing, Jiffy; Bacon, Marshaun – Voices in Urban Education, 2018
The Becoming A Man (BAM) program is a school-based group counseling and mentoring program run by Youth Guidance (YG), a community organization that serves children in Chicago schools who are at risk. BAM guides young men to learn, internalize, and practice social cognitive skills, make responsible decisions for their future, and become positive…
Descriptors: Community Organizations, At Risk Students, Community Programs, Statistical Analysis
Rose, Colin; Issa, Mwalimu Donkor – Voices in Urban Education, 2018
Boston Public Schools' system-wide professional development on culturally and linguistically sustaining practices (CLSP) creates consistent expectations for educators to address their biases, build relationships with students and parents, and improve instruction--and gives them the tools to do so. In this article, the authors touch on changes at…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Sustainability, Culturally Relevant Education, Language Usage
Campos, Emmet E.; Van Ryn, Rebekah; Davidson, Ty J. – Voices in Urban Education, 2018
Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the University of Texas's Project MALES began a partnership to design a mentoring system for young men of color in hopes of improving the the matriculation and sustainability of this group in college by addressing the social, economic, and cultural obstacles impacting these young men. This strong…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Mentors, College Students, Hispanic American Students
Tung, Rosann; Villavicencio, Adriana – Voices in Urban Education, 2018
The authors set out to organize a small convening of educator-researcher teams from across seven districts engaged in My Brother's Keeper (MBK) efforts. Their goals were to gather a small enough number of participants to ensure deep conversation in a convening long enough to foster authentic connections among us, and to include mechanisms to…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, School Districts, Urban Education, Educational Researchers
Walker, Michael; Yeager, Corey; Zumbusch, Jennie – Voices in Urban Education, 2018
The Office of Black Male Student Achievement (OBMSA) of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), established in 2014, is one of the first in the country. The innovative work of the OBMSA is centered on student voice and student thought. After getting input from parents and families, community members, educators, and young Black males themselves, the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, African American Students, Males, Academic Achievement
Catone, Keith C. – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Following the election of Donald Trump, the author, his wife, and colleagues from the Annenberg Institute for Social Reform (AISR) experienced different forms of apprehension: "anxious" apprehension, which can also be a moment of activist birth that sets the stage for a new level of consciousness to be awakened; "critical"…
Descriptors: Activism, Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes, Elections
Darling-Hammond, Linda – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
The author believe it is clear that Trump has only really one stated goal--to expand choice through charters and vouchers, with a frame around privatization--and that we can look to his own experiences with Trump University's for-profit approach to providing education for some clues. We can anticipate that the framing for the proposals will…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Political Power, Politics of Education
Kelly, Dianne; Fearing, Erik – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
While Massachusetts has received accolades for its high scores on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) and Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests, absolute results from standardized tests tend to correlate strongly with family income and parental education. The Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education…
Descriptors: Consortia, Educational Assessment, Educational Innovation, Partnerships in Education
Wassl, Frishtah; Wilkin, Christine; Ward, Maggie – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
The International High School at Langley Park (IHSLP) opened during the 2015-2016 school year. By the fourth year of operation, the school will be home to 400 English language learners (ELLs) new to the United States. Working in partnership with the Internationals Network for Public Schools, the school is designed around the "HELLO…
Descriptors: Case Studies, International Schools, High Schools, Educational Development
French, Dan; Berry, Barnett – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Micro-credentials, a new form of personalized professional development for teachers, offer a unique solution to the challenge of training school staff to design and implement performance assessments. In a relatively short period of time, micro-credentials have shown promise in enabling a more personalized, effective method of promoting teacher…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development, Training Methods
Tung, Rosann – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Fueled by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and its focus on standardized testing, the U.S. assessment system has been driven by capitalism rather than educational benefit. Annually, the testing industry, which four companies monopolize, is valued at between $400 and $700 million. The testing industry drives Americans to spend $13.1 billion each…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Student Needs, Student Diversity, Alternative Assessment
Robinson, Gareth; Cook, Ann – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
The story of the Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights illustrates the positive impact of using performance assessments rather than relying on the state Regents exams.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Consortia, Academic Standards, Performance Based Assessment
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