Up Where We Belong Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life

ISBN-10: 0787995975

ISBN-13: 9780787995973

Edition: 2007

Authors: Gail L. Thompson

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What will it take to get all students - even the most disenfranchised - engaged in school and motivated to learn and achieve? To find out, Gail Thompson decided to ask the students themselves. Relying on data from questionnaires and focus groups, she uncovers what students like and dislike about their teachers, parents, and peers, and the larger environment of school. Thompson also weaves in her own experiences as an education researcher and as an African American teacher, parent, and student. Most important, she offers important lessons for improving schools - especially for underachieving kids and students of color. As in Through Ebony Eyes, Thompson is not afraid to discuss the controversial aspects of race relations in school. From the negative perception of Black boys to well-meaning but misguided attempts to honor diversity through ethnic history activities, Thompson shows how every little thing matters. While this may sound alarming at first, it also means that all teachers, parents, and school leaders have it within their power to improve student achievement by reflecting on their own perceptions and developing practices and policies that really motivate students to connect with learning.
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/20/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Gail L. Thompson is Associate Professor at the Claremont Graduate University, is the author of the acclaimed Through Ebony Eyes as well as of two other books and numerous journal articles.

About the Author
In the Classroom
"You Can Tell If They Care": Why Students Need Caring and Highly Qualified Teachers
"It Would Be Nice to Learn Something About My Culture": A Plea for a Culturally Relevant and More Interesting Education
"It Don't Make No Sense to Give Us All These Tests": Student Effort, Achievement, and Attitudes About Standardized Tests
"They Just Think We're Loud": How Discipline Policies and Practices Can Affect Students' Attitudes About School
On the Schoolyard
"We just Can't Seem to Get Along": Race Relations on Campus
"You Don't Know If They're Gonna...Bust a Columbine on Everybody": Why Schools Won't Ever Be Entirely Safe
"Everybody's Intimidated by Us": A Candid Conversation with African American Males
"This Place Is Nasty": How the School's Physical Environment Can Contribute to Student Apathy
Out in the World: Beyond the Classroom and the Schoolyard
"Yes! They Do Care About My Education": Parent Involvement in Schools
"They Should Worry More About Our Future": Why America's Stepchildren Need a College Preparatory Curriculum
The Truth Can Set Us Free! Seven Lessons I've Learned About School Reform in America
Teacher Demographics
Student Demographics
Additional Information About the Student Questionnaire Respondents
Teacher Questionnaire Results
Student Questionnaire Results
Classroom Management Exercise 1
Classroom Management Exercise 2
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