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Urban Education with an Attitude
Urban Education with an Attitude
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Lauri Johnson - Editor
Mary E. Finn - Editor
Rebecca Lewis - Editor
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 234 pages
Release Date: March 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6379-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6379-6

Price: $32.95 
Paperback - 234 pages
Release Date: March 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6380-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6380-2

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Teachers, community activists, and parents acknowledge and applaud democratic educational systems that establish partnerships between universities and the urban communities they serve.

This book profiles local and national efforts to transform urban education and reinvent urban teacher preparation. It describes real programs in real urban schools that have developed policy initiatives that promote educational equity, community-based curricula, and teacher education and parent empowerment programs that emphasize democratic collaboration among universities, urban teachers, parents, and community members. By involving all stakeholders, this comprehensive approach provides a model for creating urban schools that not only excite and inspire, but also serve as engines for social change. Contending that urban education reform will fail without public engagement and a commitment to social justice, the contributors challenge urban educators to become accountable to their students and the communities they serve.

“…the information given in the book and the topic itself is worthwhile reading for scholars in the field of urban education.” — CHOICE

"Urban Education with an Attitude talks back straightforwardly to top-down, punishment- and control-oriented approaches toward school reform. This is an inspiring, interdisciplinary collection that forefronts community ownership of urban education. The articles speak honestly, passionately, and directly; they prompt us to act." — Christine Sleeter

"Urban education and its problems continues to be one of the big issues in American education, and this book makes a powerful contribution to the topic." — John S. Mayher, New York University

"There is much to like about this book: in addition to theoretical framework, there are practical strategies that can be implemented in schools and classrooms; it covers numerous areas of curriculum—technology, art, and science; and it shares the voices of teachers, students, and parents who are actually involved in projects. This is a timely and important work." — Barbara H. Davis, Texas State University at San Marcos

Contributors include Arnold Aprill, Suzanne Borowicz, Dennis Carlson, Greg Farrell, Mary E. Finn, Patrick J. Finn, Mary H. Gresham, Lauri Johnson, Ann Marie Lauricella, Rebecca Lewis, Michael J. McCarthy, Suzanne M. Miller, Pedro Noguera, Jeannie Oakes, Michael A. Rebell, Gillian S. Richardson, Mathias J. Schergen, Dennis Shirley, and Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

At the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Lauri Johnson is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy and coauthor (with Sally Smith) of Dealing with Diversity through Multicultural Fiction: Library-Classroom Partnerships, and Mary E. Finn is former Director of the Urban Education Institute. Rebecca Lewis is  Interim Assistant Provost of International Programs at the State University of New York College at Geneseo.

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Table of Contents

Mary H. Gresham

Introduction: Linking Theory, Practice, and Community in Urban School Reform
Lauri Johnson, Mary E. Finn, and Rebecca Lewis

Call to Action: Promoting Educational Equity in Urban School Reform

1. The Racial Achievement Gap: How Can We Assure an Equity of Outcomes?
Pedro Noguera

2. Things to Come: Teachers' Work and Urban School Reform
Dennis Carlson

3. Court-Ordered Reform of New York State School Aid
Michael A. Rebell

4. Connecting Community Development and Urban School Reform
Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

Linking Urban Schools to Their Communities

5. Creating Small Urban Schools: Expeditionary Learning as School Reform
Greg Farrell and Michael J. McCarthy

6. Why the Arts Matter in Our Schools
Arnold Aprill

7. Art: An Educational Link Between School and Community
Mathias J. Schergen

8. City Voices, City Visions: Digital Video as Literacy/Learning Supertool in Urban Classrooms
Suzanne M. Miller and Suzanne Borowicz

Reforming Teacher Education to Improve Urban Education

9. Teaching to Change the World
Jeannie Oakes

10. Community Walk-About: Finding the Hope in Hopelessness
Ann Marie Lauricella

11. Transforming Urban Education through the Massachusetts Coalition for Teacher Quality and Student Achievement
Dennis Shirley

University Partnerships for Parent Empowerment

12. Giving Voice to Urban Parents: Using a Community-Based Survey to Leverage School Reform
Lauri Johnson

13. Structural Barriers and School Reform: The Perceptions of a Group of Working-Class Parents
Gillian S. Richardson

14. Workshops with an Attitude
Patrick J. Finn, Lauri Johnson, and Mary E. Finn


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