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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
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
Hutchinson, Audrey M. – Voices in Urban Education, 2017
Municipal officials know that education is tied to quality of life and public safety; cities are better off when more people are well-educated. Mayors across the country are dedicating staff to focus on key education issues--to work on partnerships between school districts, their colleges and universities, and to create multi-sector partnerships…
Descriptors: Municipalities, Safety, Quality of Life, Needs Assessment
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
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
Easton, Billy – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, represents a dramatic shift from his predecessor Michael Bloomberg in the area of education. Bloomberg was a national trendsetter on market reforms focused on privatization, testing, and competition. De Blasio was elected on an agenda of classroom investments, student supports, parent and community…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Metropolitan Areas, Strategic Planning
Keaton, Lucy – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
This Summer 2013 issue of "Voices in Urban Education" presents an interview with Lucy Keaton, appointed in February 2013 as the first assistant superintendent for the English Language Learner program at the Clark County (Nevada) School District (CCSD), which includes Las Vegas and contains more than half of Nevada's public schools. The…
Descriptors: Interviews, English Language Learners, Public Schools, Cultural Awareness
Lavorini, Peter – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
The Pittsburgh Promise is a nonprofit organization that grants college scholarships to all Pittsburgh Public Schools students meeting the academic requirements. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Promise, the children of Pittsburgh have an opportunity that few other children in the country do: to attend college without the additional, often insurmountable…
Descriptors: Scholarships, College Readiness, Educational Indicators, Public Schools
Carrano, Jared – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Over the past three years, the College Readiness Indicator Systems (CRIS) project has afforded New Visions for Public Schools an opportunity to reflect upon their college readiness systems and practices. Through their involvement in the project, they have been able to explore various strategies for ensuring that their students graduate from high…
Descriptors: Public Schools, College Readiness, Skill Development, Developmental Studies Programs
Ghubril, Saleem – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
The nonprofit community-based organization Pittsburgh Promise aims to help revitalize Pittsburgh and its public school system by offering college scholarships to any Pittsburgh Public School graduate who meets the academic requirements. Executive director Saleem Ghubril spoke with "Voices in Urban Education" guest editor Jacob Mishook…
Descriptors: Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs, Community Programs, Community Organizations