ERIC Number: ED529524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Yes We Can! Improving Urban Schools through Innovative Educational Reform. Contemporary Perspectives on Access, Equity, and Achievement
Howell, Leanne L., Ed.; Lewis, Chance W., Ed.; Carter, Norvella, Ed.
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Yes We Can: Improving Urban Schools through Innovative Educational Reform is a empirically-based book on urban education reform to not only proclaim that hope is alive for urban schools, but to also produce a body of literature that examines current practices and then offer practical implications for all involved in this arduous task. This book is filled with real-world strategies to implement in individuals' quest to inspire and bring about reform. Additionally, the editors hope that readers garner hope from the school personnel, school campuses, and school resources used as examples within the body of this work. The editors offer this book to all stakeholders who find themselves associated with urban schools: teachers, administrators, parents and even students. Readers should consider this book an empirically based roadmap as they consider being a part of this transformation. The editors hope that it not only inspire them to adopt the "Yes We Can" spirit, but also empower them to be the beacon of light for urban students whose very future relies on people like them to keep the torch alive. This book begins with "Hope Is Alive! Envisioning the Future Possibilities of Urban Schools," a prologue by Leanne L. Howell and Chance W. Lewis. Part I, Environments of Urban School Reform, contains two sections. Section 1, Traditional and Charter School Settings: Success and Sustainable Change, includes: (1) Yes We Can--Even in Detroit: Quality Education, High Academic Achievement, and Service-Learning (Robert W. Simmons III and Robert D. Carpenter); and (2) Texarkana Independent School District: Blazing a Trail for Urban Learners (Molly S. Taylor). Section 2, Urban Community Initiatives and Support Structures, includes: (3) Examining Influences on African American High School Students' Mathematics Achievement (Lamont A. Flowers and Tiffany A. Flowers); and (4) Mental Health Delivery in Urban Schools: It Takes a Village to Empower a Child (Jamilia Blake, Collette Nero, and Concepcion M. Rodriguez). Part II, Empowering Urban Students and Transforming Their Schools, contains three sections. Section 1, Teachers' Roles in Urban School Settings, includes: (5) Deconstructing Teacher Bias: Exploring Attributional Bias in Urban Elementary Schools (Stephen D. Hancock and Tehia V. Starker); and (6) Going Beyond Parental Involvement: Parent Perceptions of Teacher Support and Its Influence on the Achievement Outcomes of Urban African American High School Adolescents (DeMarquis Hayes). Section 2, Culturally Responsive Pedagogies and Curriculum for Urban School Reform, includes: (7) Beyond Lip Service: Engaging Young African American Men in a Single-Gender Urban School (Ryan Vernosh and Julie Landsman); (8) Montessori: Education for Life (Michelle J. Moody and Ginny Riga); and (9) Making a Case to LEARN: Linking Emphasis on the Achievement and Reporting Needs of African American Females on NAPE Test Results (Patricia J. Larke, Jemima L. Young, and Jamaal Young). Section 3, Policies, Politics, and Urban School Reform, includes: (10) A Closer Look at Media Influences, Identity Formation, and Educational Policy: Implications for African American Male Students (Meredith B. Walker and Bettie Ray Butler); and (11) Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: A Brief Fifty-Year Overview of Educational Finance, Politics and Policy Influencing Urban Districts, Schools and Students (Augustina Ozano and Anthony Rolle). This book ends with "Capitalizing on Our Inspiration of Hope to Make Sustainable Reform in Urban Schools," an epilogue by Leanne L. Howell and Chance W. Lewis.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Charter Schools, School Restructuring, Test Results, Mathematics Achievement, Educational Finance, Parent Participation, Teacher Role, Educational Innovation, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement, Access to Education, Equal Education, Academic Achievement, Service Learning, Educational Quality, African American Achievement, African American Students, Performance Factors, Mental Health, Delivery Systems, Teacher Attitudes, Bias, Student Empowerment, Parent Attitudes, Culturally Relevant Education, Outreach Programs, Montessori Method, Educational Needs, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Mass Media Effects, Mass Media Role, Textbook Content
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents; Students; Teachers; Administrators
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