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.

Promoting Social Justice and Equity in Urban Teaching

Promoting social justice and equity in urban teaching

Vignette: Social Justice in Action

“Trash!” “Bad words!” “Cigarette butts!” “Someone tied up the swing!” The children's voices are clear and eager. Ms. Planert's first graders are in the middle of a thematic unit on the topic of community. After a visit to their local beloved playground, the children are recording the vandalism they have seen. Having discussed local “helpers” in the community, the class decides whom they might write to for support in cleaning up and reclaiming the playground. Eventually, the children work in teams to envision, draw, and write about their ideal community playground, complete with equitable access, resources, and “laws.”

With the collaboration of her cooperating teacher and the ...

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