It is not news that drop-out and illiteracy rates are at an all-time high in our city schools. But you rarely hear about the success storiesstories in which teachers, community organizers, and other urban warriors are working at the front lines in support of equal educational opportunity and universal human rights. Jill Bartoli takes an up-close look at two such schools and reveals the successful teaching, learning, and relationship building that is happening in spite of the odds.
Bartoli dispels the myth that public schools with low-income and high student-of-color
populations suffer from a poor education and problematic parent and community relationsthe two Philadelphia schools she profiles prove otherwise. She offers examples of city folks creating an ecology for successful learning, including observations and interview data from teachers, parents, students, school leaders, and community members. Even successful schools have their failures so Bartoli's "warts and all" approach recognizes the barriers and difficulties that can impact a city system.
Throughout the book, Bartoli emphasizes two aspects of teaching and learning that are too often missing from research on educationrelationships and contextwhich, when recognized and acted upon, can result in better learning for students and teachers in more democratic schools.
1. City Teachers: Beliefs, Stories, and Mother Wit
2. The Ecology of City Teachers
3. Teaching and Learning at Taylor
4. Teaching and Learning at Harrington
5. Barriers, Failures, and Problematic Solutions
6. Preparing City Teachers
7. What Can I Do?
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