Effort and Excellence in Urban Classrooms: Expecting, and Getting, Success with All Students

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Teachers College Press, 2002 - Education - 178 pages
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This timely volume reveals in great detail how educators closed the "performance gap" for low-income students by linking expectations and results. Drawing heavily on the words and experiences of students, teachers, and parents, this book describes how students who traditionally had not succeeded academically in school began to do so.

Effort and Excellence in Urban Classrooms demonstrates just how this was done by including:

-- In-depth descriptions of classrooms and schools where students began succeeding when educators assumed the responsibility for their learning

-- Data-based discussion of teachers' views on parental involvement in schools and parents' views of teachers' and schools' actions on behalf of students

-- Identification of the kinds of support that schools and districts must provide if educators are to be successful

-- An unrelenting emphasis on how educators enabled students to be motivated and to produce high-quality work

 

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Contents

The Different Meanings of All Children Can Succeed
12
Parents and Teachers Beliefs About Each Others Role
29
Parent and School Actions in Support of Student Learning
36
Conclusions
42
Junior High Science
56
Granite Junior High School
81
Ridgecrest Elementary
106
The Meaning of an Its My Job Belief
131
Becoming a School Where All Children Can Succeed
147
Parent Involvement Survey Items for Each Standard
159
Index
167
About the Authors
177
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