Mon, 14 May 2018 15:14:59

By Yuri Smith, Guest Contributor I recently had the pleasure of reading an article titled, “Urban” Schooling and “Urban” Families: The Role of Context and Place,” by Vivian L. Gadsden1 and Ezekiel J. Dixon-Román. The article was in the Urban Education 2017, Vol. 52(4) 431–459. This article caught my attention because I grew up in... Read more »

Wed, 09 May 2018 16:36:07

By Ranesha Lee, Guest Contributor Leadership has been defined as a role to lead transformative change of a school. The function of effective leadership is to provide direction and exercise influence (Leithwood, K.A. & Riehl C. 2003). Providing a school direction is imperative, but integrating with the community is just as vital. The community’s culture,... Read more »

Wed, 09 May 2018 16:31:47

By Brian Collins, Guest Contributor During the Spring of 2018, I took Dr. Khaula Murtadha’s course, “Leadership for Urban School-Community Relationships (A510).” The focus of the course was to understand the tools my classmates and I needed to become community-engaged school leaders who work to best serve the academic and social interest and development of... Read more »

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 14:00:06

By Kyle Huskins, Guest Contributor People who are differently abled are in our society and they are in our school systems. These are people and children that are often forgotten, hidden, and are interacted with from an approach of deficit thinking. Culturally being “disabled” can take on its own connotations in varying cultures. In regards... Read more »

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:48:42

Lisa Clouse, Guest Contributor Einstein once said insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Research has often revealed issues in education grounded in history and exlusion that would benefit from change and, in essence, avoid the insanity of ineffective practice. This applies to many aspects of education... Read more »

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:36:09

By Andrea Wilburn, Guest Contributor So…we’ve made it to the end of the semester and we are armed with theories and concepts, and we have an arsenal of impressive words. However, what bothers me is who wrote the articles and how the ones in the field of education authored few to none of these highfaluting... Read more »

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:02:58

By Robin G. Jackson, Guest Contributor “What sense does it make to try to reform urban schools while the communities around them stagnate or collapse?” (Warren, 2005, p. 133). Schools and their immediate community are inextricably linked in many ways. In addition to there being youth and families represented within the school, and property taxes... Read more »

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:29:38

By Brandon Randall, Guest Contributor Listen up White people, this one is for you. I’m sure that whether it was in a classroom, a PTA meeting, or during professional development, we have all heard another White person say “oh, I don’t see color” or “I don’t care if you’re black, white, blue, or purple,” or... Read more »

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:56:03

By James Johnson, Guest Contributor Before I became a teacher, I never heard of community schools.  I had no idea what they entailed and why they are so important.  On the surface, community schools do not seem like they’re anything more than common sense.  I mean, they are schools and communities working together to support... Read more »