Urban Teaching in America: Theory, Research, and Practice in K-12 Classrooms is a brief yet comprehensive overview of urban teaching. Undergraduate and graduate students who are new to the urban context will develop a deeper understanding of the urban teaching environment and the challenges and opportunities they can expect to face while teaching in it. The authors have combined the work of urban education theorists, researchers, and practitioners to demonstrate that urban students bring many resources to their learning environment and can often serve as educators to the teachers themselves. Readers will feel prepared to challenge, rather than maintain, the status quo after reading this book.

Working within and around Urban School Bureaucracy

Working within and around urban school bureaucracy

Vignette: Working with Bureaucracy in Action

Tom was practicing his recitation of short a words, like cap, tat, and hat. Was this a kindergarten or first-grade classroom? Actually, it was happening in a sixth-grade, self-contained English as a second language (ESL) classroom. However, Tom did not speak English as his second language. He was, in fact, a “newcomer”—a student who is new to the country and who has never been in an American school before. Tom was 12 years old, from Africa, spoke English, but had never attended school anywhere. Ms. Garcia was his first teacher, and this was his first experience in a classroom setting.

Technically, Tom should have been placed in a ...

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