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Up Where We Belong : Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life - Gail L. Thompson

Up Where We Belong

Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life

Hardcover Published: 20th April 2007
ISBN: 9780787995973
Number Of Pages: 352

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In <i>Up Where We Belong</i>, Gail Thompson asked the students in a low performing school to be candid about their high school experiences. Using this information and relying on data from questionnaires and focus groups, Thompson discovered a huge gap in perception between how teachers and students view their experience of school. The book explores this disparity, and uncovers some of the reasons for students&#8217; low achievement, apathy, and frustration. Most important, she offers vital lessons for transforming schools&#8211;especially for underachieving kids and students of color.&#160;

"?.a good read with practical points of consideration for those in the K-12 field of education." (Multicultural Review, Fall 2008)

"Most importantly, the author offers a variety of substantive suggestions for moving ahead students?" (Coast Views)

"Up Where We Belong is in a special category of books about instructional improvement that have the ring of reality about them. The writing is clear and compelling. The text is illustrated richly, with the authentic voices of students. It focuses on key aspects of school structures and processes. The comparison of students' voices with adult voices is a fresh approach to data gathering, which enables discrepancies between the two to be analyzed, with extremely revealing results. The author provides an excellent variety of substantive suggestions for improving educational achievements, lists of things that I regard as valid pragmatics. The author makes excellent use of supporting literature. This is an excellent contribution to the literature on raising student achievement."
?Asa G. Hilliard III, Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

"Dr. Thompson has done it again, with another excellent book. What I enjoyed most about the book were the responses from students about their teachers. Every educator needs to hear how our students feel. Every teacher needs to read this book."
?Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, author, An African Centered Response to Ruby Payne's Poverty Theory

"Gail Thompson is an important voice in the struggle to achieve equal educational outcomes for children of color. Her passionate commitment to our children and families springs forth from these pages. This book is filled with valuable information and solutions. It is 'must reading' for all educators."
?Janice E. Hale, professor of early childhood education, Wayne State University, and author, Learning While Black

Acknowledgments x

About the Author xi

Introduction 1

Part One: In the Classroom

1. “You Can Tell If They Care”: Why Students Need Caring and Highly Qualified Teachers 13

2. “It Would Be Nice to Learn Something About My Culture”: A Plea for a Culturally Relevant and More Interesting Education 38

3. “It Don’t Make No Sense to Give Us All These Tests”: Student Effort, Achievement, and Attitudes About Standardized Tests 65

4. “They Just Think We’re Loud”: How Discipline Policies and Practices Can Affect Students’ Attitudes About School 97

Part Two: On the Schoolyard

5. “We Just Can’t Seem to Get Along”: Race Relations on Campus 131

6. “You Don’t Know If They’re Gonna . . . Bust a Columbine on Everybody”: Why Schools Won’t Ever Be Entirely Safe 154

7. “Everybody’s Intimidated by Us”: A Candid Conversation with African American Males 179

8. “This Place Is Nasty”: How the School’s Physical Environment Can Contribute to Student Apathy 206

Part Three: Out in the World: Beyond the Classroom and the Schoolyard

9. “Yes! They Do Care About My Education”: Parent Involvement in Schools 223

10. “They Should Worry More About Our Future”: Why America’s Stepchildren Need a College Preparatory Curriculum 245

11. The Truth Can Set Us Free! Seven Lessons I’ve Learned About School Reform in America 266

Notes 291

Appendix A: Teacher Demographics 309

Appendix B: Student Demographics 310

Appendix C: Additional Information About the Student Questionnaire Respondents 311

Appendix D: Teacher Questionnaire Results 312

Appendix E: Student Questionnaire Results 319

Appendix F: Classroom Management Exercise 1 327

Appendix G: Classroom Management Exercise 2 328

Index 329

ISBN: 9780787995973
ISBN-10: 0787995975
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 20th April 2007
Publisher: JOSSEY BASS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.0  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1