Unfinished Business. Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools

  • ID: 2212470
  • Book
  • 356 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Fresh Insight on Racial Dynamics and Academic Achievement in Schools

"Unfinished Business illuminates the challenges in overcoming the current inequities in public education. Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, this book exposes a ′tale of two schools′ where students walk through the same high school doors but remain racially and academically segregated within a condition mirrored in urban schools and districts across the nation. The authors offer a hopeful, yet urgent, call to invest in youth on the front side of life and to hold fast to the vision of a future where all children can truly learn, achieve, and dream to their highest potential."
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., president and founder,Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

"It should concern us deeply as scholars, policymakers, and practitioners that at one of our nation′s best schools one that is deemed as ′working′ and highly successful according to official accounts children′s destinies are no less circumscribed by race and class. This book contains a clear wake–up call in its masterful account of deep and abiding commitments to educational equity."
Angela Valenzuela, Haskew Centennial Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction and Center for Mexican American Studies,University of Texas at Austin

"It′s a powerful experience to immerse oneself in this book. The many voices of teachers and even of kids and families reveal that many inequities remain hidden in our schools. Unfinished Business shows that there′s work to be done, and provokes us into thinking more deeply about answers."
Deborah Meier, senior scholar, New York University, and founding principal of Central Park East schools in Harlem and Mission Hill in Roxbury

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Acknowledgments v

Preface ix

Preface to the Paperback Edition xvii

The Editors xxvii

Part One: The Structure and Culture of Inequality in Schools 1

Introduction: Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap at Berkeley High School 3Pedro A. Noguera, Jean Yonemura Wing

1 Structuring Inequality at Berkeley High 29Beth C. Rubin, Jean Yonemura Wing, Pedro A. Noguera, Emma Haydée Fuentes, Daniel D. Liou, Alicia P. Rodriguez, Lance T. McCready

2 Integration Across Campus, Segregation Across Classrooms: A Close–up Look at Privilege 87Jean Yonemura Wing

3 The Discipline Gap and the Normalization of Failure 121Anne Gregory, Kysa Nygreen, Dana Michiko Moran

Part Two: Agency in the Fight for Equity 151

4 Changing Teacher Practice and Student Outcomes 153Pharmicia M. Mosely

Teacher Voices: Dana Michiko Moran, LaShawn Routé Chatmon, Miriam Klein Stahl, Tamara Friedman, Leslie Anne Plettner, Susannah Bell, Magi Discoe, James Dopman

5 Creating Demand for Equity: Transforming the Role of Parents in Schools 201LaShawn Routé Chatmon, Katrina Scott–George, Anne K. Okahara, Emma Haydée Fuentes, Jean Yonemura Wing, Pedro A. Noguera

Parent Voices: Isabel M. Parra, Julina Bastidas–Bonilla, Michael D. Miller, Juana Villegas, Vikki C. Davis, Liz Fuentes, Valerie B. Yerger

6 Songs of Experience: Student Reflections on Four Years at Berkeley High 247Elena Silva

Student Voices: Nabila Lee Lester, Joseph Christiano, Jimmy Thong Tran, Pranoumphone (Pam) Pradachith, Jamie E. McMaryion, Shabnam Piryaei, Niles Xi′an Lichtenstein

Conclusion: Lessons Learned: The Limits and Possibilities of Using Research to Counter Racial Inequality 281Pedro A. Noguera

Epilogue: Finishing School 297Jabari Mahiri

References 305

Index 311

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Pedro A. Noguera is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and the co–director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).

Jean Yonemura Wing is affiliated with UC ACCORD (University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity) and is a researcher in the Oakland Unified School District.

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