Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools

Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classrooms

Author: Tyrone C. Howard

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807772194

Category: Education

Page: 209

View: 9431

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Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools

Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classrooms

Author: Tyrone C. Howard

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807750719

Category: Education

Page: 181

View: 8540

While race and culture remain important variables in how young people experience schools, they are often misunderstood by educators and school personnel. Building on the work of three studies that investigated schools successful in closing the achievement gap, Tyrone Howard shows how adopting greater awareness and comprehensive understanding of race and culture can improve educational outcomes. Important reading for anyone who is genuinely committed to promoting educational equity and excellence for all children, this accessible book outlines the changing racial, ethnic, and cultural demographics in U.S. schools and calls for educators to pay serious attention to how race and culture play out in school settings.
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Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools

Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classrooms

Author: Tyrone Caldwell Howard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780807750728

Category: Education

Page: 181

View: 8438

While race and culture remain important variables in how young people experience schools, they are often misunderstood by educators and school personnel. Building on the work of three studies that investigated schools successful in closing the achievement gap, Tyrone Howard shows how adopting greater awareness and comprehensive understanding of race and culture can improve educational outcomes. Important reading for anyone who is genuinely committed to promoting educational equity and excellence for all children, this accessible book outlines the changing racial, ethnic, and cultural demographics in U.S. schools and calls for educators to pay serious attention to how race and culture play out in school settings.
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Black Male(d)

Peril and Promise in the Education of African American Males

Author: Tyrone C. Howard

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807772453

Category: Education

Page: 188

View: 7376

In his new book, the author of the bestseller Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools examines the chronic under-performance of African American males in U.S. schools. Citing a plethora of disturbing academic outcomes for Black males, this book focuses on the historical, structural, educational, psychological, emotional, and cultural factors that influence the teaching and learning process for this student population. Howard discusses the potential and promise of Black males by highlighting their voices to generate new insights, create new knowledge, and identify useful practices that can significantly improve the schooling experiences and life chances of Black males. Howard calls for a paradigm shift in how we think about, teach, and study Black males. Book Features: Examines current structures, ideologies, and practices that both help and hinder the educational and social prospects of Black males. Translates frequently cited theoretical principles into research-based classroom practice. Documents teacher-student interactions, student viewpoints, and discusses the troubling role that sports plays in the lives of many Black males. Highlights voices and perspectives from Black male students about ways to improve their schooling experiences and outcomes. Identifies community-based programs that are helping Black males succeed. “Howard is more than a reformer. He seeks to dismantle a system that stifles dreams, devours hopes, and destroys opportunities. . . . He offers us a road map for how to do this and an invitation to join him in this venture. Let us hope that more than a few of those who read this book will enthusiastically accept his offer and join him in this important work.” —From the Foreword by Pedro A. Noguera, New York University “Black Male(d) is a timely, masterfully crafted contribution to an important conversation about one of our nation’s most misunderstood populations. Anyone who is troubled by the status of Black boys in schools and society will find much that is useful in this book. The author’s brilliance is apparent and praiseworthy.” —Shaun R. Harper, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania “This book pushes educators to not only know more but to do more on behalf of Black males. This is the book that shows us how to reform practices, policies, and places in order to improve the human condition of Black males. Howard reminds us all that we absolutely must do better—our children’s lives depend on it!” —H. Richard Milner IV, Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education, University of Pittsburgh Tyrone C. Howard is professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.
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Stuck in the Shallow End

Education, Race, and Computing

Author: Jane Margolis,Rachel Estrella,Joanna Goode,Jennifer Jellison Holme,Kim Nao

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262260961

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 1792

The number of African Americans and Latino/as receiving undergraduate and advanced degrees in computer science is disproportionately low, according to recent surveys. And relatively few African American and Latino/a high school students receive the kind of institutional encouragement, educational opportunities, and preparation needed for them to choose computer science as a field of study and profession. In Stuck in the Shallow End, Jane Margolis looks at the daily experiences of students and teachers in three Los Angeles public high schools: an overcrowded urban high school, a math and science magnet school, and a well-funded school in an affluent neighborhood. She finds an insidious "virtual segregation" that maintains inequality. Two of the three schools studied offer only low-level, how-to (keyboarding, cutting and pasting) introductory computing classes. The third and wealthiest school offers advanced courses, but very few students of color enroll in them. The race gap in computer science, Margolis finds, is one example of the way students of color are denied a wide range of occupational and educational futures. Margolis traces the interplay of school structures (such factors as course offerings and student-to-counselor ratios) and belief systems -- including teachers' assumptions about their students and students' assumptions about themselves. Stuck in the Shallow End is a story of how inequality is reproduced in America -- and how students and teachers, given the necessary tools, can change the system.
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Class Rules

Exposing Inequality in American High Schools

Author: Peter W. Cookson,Jr

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807772577

Category: Education

Page: 161

View: 3941

Class Rules challenges the popular myth that high schools are the “Great Equalizers.” In his groundbreaking study, Cookson demonstrates that adolescents undergo different class rites of passage depending on the social-class composition of the high school they attend. Drawing on stories of schools and individual students, the author shows that where a student goes to high school is a major influence on his or her social class trajectory. Class Rules is a penetrating, original examination of the role education plays in blocking upward mobility for many children. It offers a compelling vision of an equitable system of schools based on the full democratic rights of students. Book Features: Provides a fresh, dynamic way of understanding educational inequality and social reproduction.Offers a breakthrough social/psychological theory of how adolescents acquire class consciousness.Compares the cultures and curricula of five American high schools focusing on the class composition of their students. “This highly readable and original book illuminates why we don’t have open class warfare in our society, despite huge inequalities. Peter Cookson shows how schools reproduce classes through institutional practices that forge class-based consciousness. He also suggests how education might be changed.” —Caroline Hodges Persell, professor emerita of sociology, New York University “Cookson does a superb job of analyzing the powerful forces in our schools that reinforce the racial, ethnic, and social-class structures our nation hopes to overcome. Breaking out of one’s social class was always hard but may now be harder than in previous decades. Cookson reminds us of what high schools can be, the great equalizers, institutions for promoting America’s finest values.” —David Berliner, Regents’ professor emeritus, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
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Ethnicity and Race

Making Identities in a Changing World

Author: Stephen Cornell,Douglas Hartmann

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412941105

Category: Social Science

Page: 311

View: 3204

"This book is very well written and clearly organized throughout. It is pitched at upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level race and ethnicity students...in sum, this is an important book, highly recommended to students and faculty alike. The authors draw extensively from classic and contemporary sociological theory throughout the text and maintain a transnational focus in each and every chapter." —TEACHING SOCIOLOGY Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World, Second Edition uses examples and extended case studies from all over the world to craft a compelling, even-handed account of the power and persistence of ethnicity and race in the contemporary world. Known for its conceptual clarity, world-historical scope, and fair-minded treatment of these oft controversial topics, this updated and expanded edition retains all of the core elements and constructionist insights of the original.
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Why Can't We Get It Right?

Designing High-Quality Professional Development for Standards-Based Schools

Author: Marsha Speck,Caroll Knipe

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1483304221

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 2270

How can we use professional development to provide the best teaching and learning opportunities for all students? Teachers who know their content and strategies can open a virtual toolbox and take out what they need to help all students become successful. This revised and updated edition explains how educational leaders can design, deliver, and evaluate collaborative standards-based professional development, and contains: Essential questions about high-quality professional development Information on creating the culture for a learning community Conditions and processes for professional development Suggestions on designing your own model Tools for evaluating and rethinking professional development and learning Strategies for deepening a leader’s impact on a standards-based system
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Self-fulfilling Prophecy

A Practical Guide to Its Use in Education

Author: Robert T. Tauber

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275955038

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 6461

This text examines teachers' expectations of students, and how the self-fulfilling prophecy works in education. It contains over 700 articles on stereotyping, perceptions of social differences, race, gender, features, age and special needs, and the impact on a student to their benefit or detriment.
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Rac(e)ing to Class

Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms

Author: Richard Milner IV

Publisher: Harvard Education Press

ISBN: 9781612507866

Category: Education

Page: 232

View: 5075

The Cage-Busting Teacher adopts the logic of Cage-Busting Leadership and applies it to the challenges and opportunities of classroom teachers. Based on hundreds of interviews, it recommends concrete solutions and ways to put them in place.
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Is Everyone Really Equal?

An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education

Author: Ozlem Sensoy,Robin DiAngelo

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807776173

Category: Education

Page: 259

View: 9466

This is the new edition of the award-winning guide to social justice education. Based on the authors’ extensive experience in a range of settings in the United States and Canada, the book addresses the most common stumbling blocks to understanding social justice. This comprehensive resource includes new features such as a chapter on intersectionality and classism; discussion of contemporary activism (Black Lives Matter, Occupy, and Idle No More); material on White Settler societies and colonialism; pedagogical supports related to “common social patterns” and “vocabulary to practice using”; and extensive updates throughout. Accessible to students from high school through graduate school, Is Everyone Really Equal? is a detailed and engaging textbook and professional development resource presenting the key concepts in social justice education. The text includes many user-friendly features, examples, and vignettes to not just define but illustrate the concepts. “Sensoy and DiAngelo masterfully unpack complex concepts in a highly readable and engaging fashion for readers ranging from preservice through experienced classroom teachers. The authors treat readers as intelligent thinkers who are capable of deep reflection and ethical action. I love their comprehensive development of a critical social justice framework, and their blend of conversation, clarity, and research. I heartily recommend this book!” —Christine Sleeter, professor emerita, California State University Monterey Bay
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City Kids, City Schools

More Reports from the Front Row

Author: William Ayers

Publisher: The New Press

ISBN: 1595583386

Category: Education

Page: 346

View: 5699

A companion to City Kids, City Teachers is a collection of top-selected writings on life in urban schools and neighborhoods, in a volume that explores such topics as culturally relevant teaching methods, the criminalization of youth, and the inequities of school funding. Original.
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Immigrant Children in Transcultural Spaces

Language, Learning, and Love

Author: Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131761867X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 166

View: 4053

Grounded in both theory and practice, with implications for both, this book is about children’s perspectives on the borders that society erects, and their actual, symbolic, ideational and metaphorical movement across those borders. Based on extensive ethnographic data on children of immigrants (mostly from Mexico, Central America and the Philippines) as they interact with undergraduate students from diverse linguistic, cultural and racial/ethnic backgrounds in the context of an urban play-based after-school program, it probes how children navigate a multilingual space that involves playing with language and literacy in a variety of forms. Immigrant Children in Transcultural Spaces speaks to critical social issues and debates about education, immigration, multilingualism and multiculturalism in an historical moment in which borders are being built up, torn down, debated and recreated, in both real and symbolic terms; raises questions about the values that drive educational practice and decision-making; and suggests alternatives to the status quo. At its heart, it is a book about how love can serve as a driving force to connect people with each other across all kinds of borders, and to motivate children to engage powerfully with learning and life.
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Too much schooling, too little education

a paradox of black life in white societies

Author: Mwalimu J. Shujaa

Publisher: Africa World Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 412

View: 1753

A classic contribution to developing educational settings, with cultural understanding for African children
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I Beat The Odds

From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond

Author: Michael Oher

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101560037

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 4772

The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares his personal account of his story, in this inspirational New York Times bestseller. Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.
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The Real Ebonics Debate

Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children

Author: Theresa Perry,Lisa D. Delpit

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807031452

Category: Education

Page: 227

View: 8020

Examines the controversy surrounding Ebonics and education
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Creating the Opportunity to Learn

Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap

Author: A. Wade Boykin,Pedro Noguera

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416613064

Category: Education

Page: 231

View: 8745

"Unless we believe that those who have more are inherently superior to those who have less, we should be troubled by the fact that patterns of achievement are often fairly predictable, particularly with respect to students' race and class." In Creating the Opportunity to Learn, Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera help navigate the turbid waters of evidence-based methodologies and chart a course toward closing (and eliminating) the academic achievement gap. Turning a critical eye to current and recent research, the authors present a comprehensive view of the achievement gap and advocate for strategies that contribute to the success of all children. Boykin and Noguera maintain that it is possible to close the achievement gap by abandoning failed strategies, learning from successful schools, and simply doing more of what the research shows is most effective. Success is founded on equity, but equity involves more than simply ensuring students have equal access to education; equity also entails a focus on outcomes and results. If we want to bring about significant improvements in those outcomes, we have to do more to address the context in which learning takes place. In short, we must create schools where a child's race or class is no longer a predictor for how well he or she might perform.
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To Teach

The Journey, in Comics

Author: William Ayers,Ryan Alexander-Tanner

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 9780807770634

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 128

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"This graphic novel brings to life William Ayers's bestselling memoir To teach : the journey of a teacher, third edition. From Ayers's early days teaching kindergarten, readers follow this renowned educational theorist on his 'voyage of discovery and surprise.'"--Cover, p. [4].
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Narrowing the Achievement Gap

Perspectives and Strategies for Challenging Times

Author: Thomas Timar,Julie Maxwell-Jolly

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781612501239

Category: Education

Page: 328

View: 425

This timely and thoughtful book provides multiple perspectives on closing achievement gaps. Closing persistent gaps in educational outcomes between different groups of students has been a central goal of educational policy for the past forty years. The commitment to close existing achievement gaps poses an unprecedented challenge to policy makers, school leaders, and teachers alike, since the causes of those gaps are multiple and complex. For that reason, no single set of policy prescriptions--no matter how well crafted and managed--is likely to be successful. While there is no ready road map for policy makers, the press for solutions is acute. The chapters examine the conditions--both in and out of school--that lead to achievement gaps. However, this book also explores measures for addressing these gaps--measures that, individually and in concert, will prove crucial to any meaningful effort to alleviate these profound disparities.
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The Black-White Test Score Gap

Author: Christopher Jencks,Meredith Phillips

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815746119

Category: Education

Page: 536

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The test score gap between blacks and whites--on vocabulary, reading, and math tests, as well as on tests that claim to measure scholastic aptitude and intelligence--is large enough to have far-reaching social and economic consequences. In their introduction to this book, Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips argue that eliminating the disparity would dramatically reduce economic and educational inequality between blacks and whites. Indeed, they think that closing the gap would do more to promote racial equality than any other strategy now under serious discussion. The book offers a comprehensive look at the factors that contribute to the test score gap and discusses options for substantially reducing it. Although significant attempts have been made over the past three decades to shrink the test score gap, including increased funding for predominantly black schools, desegregation of southern schools, and programs to alleviate poverty, the median black American still scores below 75 percent of American whites on most standardized tests. The book brings together recent evidence on some of the most controversial and puzzling aspects of the test score debate, including the role of test bias, heredity, and family background. It also looks at how and why the gap has changed over the past generation, reviews the educational, psychological, and cultural explanations for the gap, and analyzes its educational and economic consequences. The authors demonstrate that traditional explanations account for only a small part of the black-white test score gap. They argue that this is partly because traditional explanations have put too much emphasis on racial disparities in economic resources, both in homes and in schools, and on demographic factors like family structure. They say that successful theories will put more emphasis on psychological and cultural factors, such as the way black and white parents teach their children to deal with things they do not know or understand, and the way black and white children respond to the same classroom experiences. Finally, they call for large-scale experiments to determine the effects of schools' racial mix, class size, ability grouping, and other policies. In addition to the editors, the contributors include Claude Steele, Ronald Ferguson, William G. Bowen, Philip Cook, and William Julius Wilson.
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