Book Talk: New Reality for Suburban Schools
Posted by Swarthmore College on October 24, 2016
OPEN TO PUBLIC
The New Reality for Suburban Schools: How Suburban Schools Are Struggling with Low-Income Students and Students of Color in Their Schools
A book talk by Dr. Jessica Shiller
Thursday October 27, 2016
Bond Hall, Swarthmore College
Talk at 5:30
Food and Q & A at 6:30
Dr. Jessica Shiller of Towson University (Md.) will be speaking about her book The New Reality for Suburban Schools: How Suburban Schools Are Struggling with Low-Income Students and Students of Color in Their Schools. Since the year 2000, the population of people of color and of poor families in the suburbs has been rapidly increasing, making these areas far more diverse than they were a generation ago. Along with the increase in diversity has come re-segregation, leaving some schools with very high concentrations of low-income students and students of color, while others remain mostly white. These re-segregated schools are often not well-prepared to deal with the issues their students face. In addition, they are often subject to strict accountability demands that focus on improving test scores. These conditions create a unique situation for schools serving high populations of students of color and low-income students, one that is strikingly similar to urban schools. The book presents three case studies of inner-ring suburban middle schools coping with these issues.Readers of this volume can learn how school leaders and teachers try to negotiate educational mandates while serving their students. The book concludes with suggestions for improving the ways these schools serve their students.
Sponsored by: Educational Studies; Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Black Cultural Center, Intercultural Center, Sociology/Anthropology, Latinx Heritage Month committee, URBAN (PHL node) and the Critical Ed Policy Studies Group
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