Urban Education

Nature of Urban Education


Effective Urban Education

This section is designed to inform you of "best practices" or instructional strategies that can be used to improve the academic achievement of urban students. Similar to previous sections, we have analyzed local and national databases related to best practices, and reviewed the literature on successful urban schools-including those in high-poverty contexts. As you browse through this section, we would encourage you to think about how you can incorporate the identified instructional strategies into your classroom teaching.
We know that instructors, strategies, and students interact in complex ways to influence student achievement. We also know that: (a) effective teachers model best practices in their classrooms; (b) research can be used to improve teaching and teacher efficacy; and (c) urban teachers or prospective educators who model best practices are in a better position to help their students learn than their counterparts who ignore the research on effective teaching. For these reasons, we encourage you to:
  • Jot down "best practices" you are willing to utilize in your classroom
  • Employ the identified practices
  • Provide us with results of the application(s) and/or reasons for your results
  • Use the feedback section to achieve the aforementioned objectives
How Can I Improve The Academic Achievement Of Students In Urban Schools?
Results of the studies conducted at the local and national levels indicate that you can improve the achievement of students in urban schools by: (1) creating additional time for instruction; (2) using individualized and direct instructional strategies; (3) involving the community (peers, teachers, parents, etc.); and (4) using data to improve the quality of instruction.



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