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Urban Schools, Effective Practices in

Debates over how to more effectively serve poor and working-class children of color in city schools have intensified since the 1960s. During this period, an increasing number of educational researchers began paying close attention to the role of race and culture in improving practices in city schools. This work, which came to be known as the multicultural education movement, brought with it a focus on the importance of school curriculum design that paid close attention to race, class, gender, language, and culture. Despite increased attention to practices in urban schools, significant gaps in academic achievement remain between urban youth of color and their White suburban counterparts. This entry discusses the emergent debates about the importance of accountability, assessment, school design, resources, curriculum, and classroom practices ...

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