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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
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
French, Dan – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
As more people question the value of standardized testing, the public appetite for a change in the accountability system grows. A 2016 national survey found that "voters consider standardized tests the least important factor in measuring the performance of students," preferring instead to have a multiple-measures data dashboard of…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Accountability, Standardized Tests, Public Opinion
Renée, Michelle – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Iin urban communities across the nation, a broad range of partners have committed to reinventing educational time together to ensure equitable access to rich learning opportunities for all young people. Across the nation, education partners are using their creativity, commitment, and unique resources to create new school and system designs that…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Access to Education, Partnerships in Education, Equal Education
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
Capers, Natasha; Shah, Shital C. – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
In this article, Shital Shah, who supports community schools as assistant director for educational issues at the American Federation of Teachers, and Natasha Capers, a coordinator for the New York City Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ), a parent-led collaborative of unions and community organizations, discuss the community schools movement…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Equal Education, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education
Del Razo, Jaime L.; Renée, Michelle – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
At the start of the New Year and the second Obama administration, a national dialogue about extending and improving the school year for "all" students--especially those students who face limited resources within and outside their schools--should be a national priority. Students from affluent families already make up for the short school…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Time Factors (Learning), Extended School Day, Educational Change
McAlister, Sara – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Research shows that an authentically engaged community improves schools--not just by participating in school events, but also by helping to shape reform. Family and community engagement is a proven strategy for strengthening schools. There is also ample evidence that schools serving large populations of students of color and students living in…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Community Involvement, School Community Relationship, Educational Policy
Gray, Richard – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Sara McAlister, in her article "Why Community Engagement Matters in School Turnaround," in this issue (p35-42) of "Voices in Urban Education," lays out the strong research base showing that family and community participation is a crucial resource not only for individual student achievement, but also for catalyzing and…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Community Involvement, Federal Legislation, School Community Relationship
Trujillo, Tina; Renée, Michelle – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
the report "Democratic School Turnarounds" considers the democratic tensions inherent in the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) policy's market-based school reforms and critiques the research base that many of these reforms are based on. It concludes with a set of recommendations that re-center the purposes of public education…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement, Grants