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Young, Jemimah L.; Ero-Tolliver, Isi; Young, Jamaal R.; Ford, Donna Y. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
Diversifying the STEM workforce is a national concern. To address this concern, researchers, policymakers, and educators are working to increase STEM career interest and achievement in a more diverse population of learners. Black girls and young women represent a unique population of STEM learners that remain relatively untapped and largely under…
Descriptors: Females, African American Students, High School Students, STEM Education
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Martin, Jennifer; Smith, Julia – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
Using an intersectional feminist critical race lens, we utilized the Education Longitudinal Study (2002) data comparing tenth grade African American girls to White girls, analyzing whether the student was ever held back, teacher reports of problem behaviors in classrooms, and whether the student did not graduate from high school in the four years…
Descriptors: African American Students, Females, White Students, Comparative Analysis
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Ukpokodu, Omiunota N. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
This qualitative study investigates the perspectives of faculty teaching engagement in a uniquely designed, collaborative urban-focused teacher education program. The study analyzes interviews conducted with seven participating faculty from both the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences in an urban university. The findings…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Urban Schools, Teacher Education Programs, College Faculty
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Stewart, Tricia J.; Finnigan, Kara S. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
This article is a historical case study of an attempt to build a citywide coalition in Rochester, NY. The coalition wanted to improve urban education by implementing community based wrap-around supports in a similar form as the well-respected Harlem Children's Zone. Our study found that groups had difficulty creating buy-in for this reform effort…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Case Studies, Urban Areas, Community
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McGee, Steven; Nutakki, Nivedita – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
Urban school districts face a dilemma in providing professional development support for teachers in transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Districts need to maximize the quality and amount of professional development within practical funding constraints. In this paper, we discuss preliminary results from a…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Standards, Faculty Development
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Meyer, Helen – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
This article presents a single case study of an experienced physical science teacher (Janet) integrating engineering practices into her urban science classroom over a two-year time frame. The article traces how Janet's understanding of the role engineering in her teaching expanded beyond engineering as an application of science and mathematics to…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Science Education, Urban Schools, Engineering Education
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Adams, Tempestt; Robinson, Derrick; Covington, Azure; Talley-Matthews, Sheikia – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
The purpose of this article is to assess areas of opportunity and access for students of color to participate in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine pipeline (STEMM). Using a Critical Race Theory framework, this position paper reviews occupational outcomes and stratification in STEMM fields, examines the pertinence of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Medicine, Critical Theory, Race
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Desai, Shiv R.; Abeita, Andrea – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
The prison-industrial complex penetrates the public sphere through enhanced and militarized police presence in poor neighborhoods, thereby playing a key role in mass incarceration, and intersects with public schools via zero-tolerance policies that push students out. The purpose of this article is to examine how the Juvenile Justice System (JJS)…
Descriptors: Males, African Americans, Correctional Institutions, Institutionalized Persons
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Seals, Christopher; Mehta, Swati; Berzina-Pitcher, Inese; Graves-Wolf, Leigh – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
This paper explores challenges of teaching in relation to teachers' efficacy for 49 teachers who were part of a year-long teacher development program (PD) called the UrbanSTEM program. This program took place in an urban school district that serves over 300,000 students. This research asked if there are common challenges that urban teachers face…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Urban Education, Science Teachers, STEM Education
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Cramer, Elizabeth D.; Gallo, Rosalia F. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
The implementation of Common Core State Standards raises challenges for teachers, particularly those in urban settings and those who work with students with unique learning challenges, particularly students with disabilities. This article provides the results of a study that surveyed special education teachers' perspectives related to the…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, State Standards, Urban Schools
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Meister, Samantha M.; Zimmer, Wendi Kamman; Wright, Katherine Landau – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
A review of the current research literature demonstrates that teaching for social justice has been accepted by the research community as best practice for students, especially diverse students from traditionally marginalized populations and communities. However, best practices do no practical good if they are not implemented into real classroom…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship
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Robinson, Derrick; Lewis, Chance W. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
Despite increasing diversity in U.S. schools, the topic of teacher effectiveness remains to be dominated by a universal narrative. This study applies critical theory, critical race theory, and culturally responsive pedagogy to position teacher effectiveness as contextual to urban schools and relational to the asset-based view of the learner. This…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Characteristics, Critical Theory
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Boston, Colette; Warren, Susan R. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
A growing body of literature suggests students' feelings of belongingness influence academic achievement (Faircloth & Hamm, 2005). Additionally, research indicates that many urban African American students are disconnected from the school setting because of a cultural divide between students and educators (Thompson, 2004). This investigation…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High School Students, African American Students, Academic Achievement
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Flennaugh, Terry – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2017
The transition from middle school to high school can be difficult for many students due to increases in school size, the structure of an academic schedule, and the complexity of social interactions in high school. However, Black boys face unique challenges during this transition period due to racism and structural inequalities. In response to…
Descriptors: Daily Living Skills, Single Sex Classes, African American Students, Males
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Rivera-McCutchen, Rosa L. – Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2016
Bridges Institute is a small public urban high school founded in 1994 as part of the restructuring of a failing comprehensive high school. Part of a network of "critical" small schools in New York City, Bridges aims to interrupt the educational neglect of their students through carefully designed student-centered instruction and…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Alumni, Secondary School Students, Public Schools
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