Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classrooms

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Teachers College Press, 2010 - Education - 181 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Achievement Gap Contextualizing the Problem
9
Changing Demographics
35
Culture
51
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
67
The Role of Race in Learning
91
Developing Cultural Competence and Racial Awareness in Classroom Teachers
111
Examples of School Success for Culturally Diverse Students
129
References
151
Index
174
About the Author
182
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Tyrone C. Howard is Associate Professor of Education in the Division of Urban Schooling, and Director of Center X in the Graduate School of Education , Information Studies at UCLA.

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