Yes We Can!: Improving Urban Schools Through Innovative Education Reform

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Leanne Howell, Chance Wayne Lewis, Norvella Carter
IAP, 2011 - Education - 216 pages
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Yes We Can: Improving Urban Schools through Innovative Educational Reform is a empirically-based book on urban education reform to not only proclaim that hope is alive for urban schools, but to also produce a body of literature that examines current practices and then offer practical implications for all involved in this arduous task. This book is filled with real-world strategies to implement in your quest to inspire and bring about reform. Additionally, we hope that you garner hope from the school personnel, school campuses, and school resources used as examples within the body of this work. We offer this book to all stakeholders who find themselves associated with urban schools: teachers, administrators, parents and even students. Consider this book an empirically based roadmap as you consider being a part of this transformation. We hope that it not only inspire you to adopt the Yes We Can spirit, but also empower you to be the beacon of light for urban students whose very future relies on people like you to keep the torch alive."

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Quality Education High
Blazing a Trail
Urban Community Initiatives and Support Structures
It Takes a Village
Exploring Attributional Bias
Parent Perceptions
Culturally Responsive Pedagogies and Curriculum
Education for Life
Linking Emphasis on
Policies Politics and Urban School Reform
A Brief FiftyYear Overview
Capitalizing on Our Inspiration of Hope to Make

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Chance W. Lewis is the Houston Endowment Inc., Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Urban Education and the Co-Director of the urban education graduate program in the College of Education at Texas A&M University. Additionally, Dr. Lewis is the Co-Director of the Center for Urban School Partnerships at Texas A&M University. Dr. Lewis also serves as the Deputy Director for the Center of African American Research and Policy (CAARP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his career, Dr. Lewis has over 100 publications include over 50 refereed journal articles in some of the leading academic journals in the field of urban education and teacher education. Additionally, he has received over $4 million in external research funds to support his research. To date, Dr. Lewis has author/co-authored/co-edited 4 books: "White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms: A Guide for Building Inclusive Schools, Eliminating Racism and Promoting High Expectations (Stylus, 2006), The Dilemmas of Being an African American Male in the New Millennium: Solutions for Life Transformation; An Educator s Guide to Working with African American Students: Strategies for Promoting Academic Success (Infinity, 2008);" and "Transforming Teacher Education: What Went Wrong with Teacher Training and How We Can Fix It" (Stylus, 2010). Finally, Dr. Lewis has provided consultative services (i.e., professional development and research services) to over 100 school districts and universities across the United States and Canada. Dr. Lewis can be reached by e-mail at or via his website at http: //

Norvella Carter, Ph.D., is director of the Teacher Education Center at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.

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