“Urban School Reform, Family Support, and Student Achievement” Learning Experience

Part 1

My lived experiences did not directly connect to this topic because I went to a fairly wealthy public school but this issue was quite alarming and horrifying to see how many students and schools are struggling. As a future teacher who will be potentially teaching in a school similar to the ones described in the assigned reading and our presentation, this topic is particularly salient and interesting to me and one I would like to explore further. This topic and the stories and themes discussed raise a lot of questions for me as a student and a future educator. The one that stands out most to me is what can I do as a teacher and as a student to accommodate students who are suffering from poverty? We discussed free lunches and in class someone brought up the idea of teachers or students volunteering to do after school programs or tutoring for students whose parents cannot pick them up right away. I wonder what I can do to make this happen. Some of the major themes discussed in the article developed by Kiersten Greene and Jean Anyon are the ways in which we can accommodate for students who are in poverty, incorporating alternative pedagogical practices, the historical events that led to urban poverty, redlining, race, how poverty correlates with an increase in behavioral issues, etc. The authors incorporate a lot of evidence to back up their points, making their article more credible. They have an extensive list of references and the authors quote and reference a myriad of them throughout the article. There are additionally several political, cultural, and ideological perspectives present within this article. This article identifies numerous problems within urban schools and suggests ways in which we can stop it. This can be an example of progressive education because it is straying away from a traditional curriculum, and potentially turning towards more alternative pedagogical practices. After reflecting on this article, I am very interested in this and wonder what I can do to help improve the lives of these children. We discussed in class if we would want to work at an underfunded urban school like these and I think that I would. Knowing my class and I, I think we could make a big difference there and I would like to explore what we can do as teachers to make a difference, instead of just the obvious solution which is increasing funding. 

Part 2

My group chose to emphasize many themes including ways in which we can accommodate for students who are in poverty, incorporating alternative pedagogical practices, the historical events that led to urban poverty, redlining, race, and how poverty correlates with an increase in behavioral issues, as I mentioned earlier in part one. Our learning objectives were spreading awareness and encouraging our classmates to approach and tackle this issue in our future classrooms. My contributions to planning the lesson were researching and exploring the background of the articles and the authors. I composed four slides regarding those topics and I contributed to the works cited page. In addition, my group and I discussed several of the main themes and ideas we wanted to focus on throughout our lesson. My responsibility during the presentation was to screen share and to present my four slides.

Part 3

Blagg, Kristin, et al. “How COVID-19-Induced Changes to K–12 Enrollment and Poverty Might Affect School Funding.” Urban.org, Urban Institute , Jan. 2021, http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/103497/how-covid-19-induced-changes-to-k-12-enrollment-and-poverty-might-affect-school-funding_0.pdf. 

Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-27/why-city-kids-get-less-money-for-their-education. 

“In Memory of Jean Anyon.” Jean Anyon, http://www.jeananyon.org/. 


Kiersten Greene & Jean Anyon (2010) Urban School Reform, Family Support, and Student Achievement, Reading & Writing Quarterly, 26:3, 223-236, DOI: 10.1080/10573561003769608

“Kiersten Greene.” SUNY Smart Schools Summit, hawksites.newpaltz.edu/smartschools/kiersten-greene/#:~:text=Kiersten%20is%20an%20assistant%20professor,particularly%20interested%20in%20digital%20literacies. 

“Urban School Reform, Family Support, and Student Achievement.” Taylor & Francis, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10573561003769608?scroll=top&needAccess=true. 

Part 4

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sUsMfLVFdvdiUNmu-q-x6JgE92V_7I-8W6S9UQRFRgw/edit#slide=id.p

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