Urban Preparation

Urban Preparation Young Black Men Moving from Chicago's South Side to Success in Higher Education

Chezare A. Warren, Foreword by H. Richard Milner IV, Afterword by James Earl Davis
paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-077-1
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Pub. Date: September 2017
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2018 Critics' Choice Book Award, American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
2018 Outstanding Book Award, Society of Professors of Education

Chezare A. Warren chronicles the transition of a cohort of young Black males from Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men to their early experiences in higher education. A rich and closely observed account of a mission-driven school and its students, Urban Preparation makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how young males of color can best be served in schools throughout the United States today.


Warren chronicles what is possible when educators commit themselves to ensuring boys of color are prepared to succeed in high school and college. This book significantly advances what we know about urban schooling and Black male educational achievement. — Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen Professor, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

Grounded in theory but committed to practice, this book helps us to better understand the institutions, resources, and practices that facilitate achievement against the backdrop of structural inequality. — Marc Lamont Hill, Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions, Temple University

Warren shares the experiences of aspirational young men at the intersections of racial profiling and social unrest with rich counterstories of persistence, accomplishment, and triumph over adversity. — Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, professor of higher education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Warren illuminates much of what is working and what can work with Black boys. All school leaders and practitioners concerned about one of our most vulnerable populations should read this book. — Tyrone C. Howard, professor and associate dean, University of California at Los Angeles

Urban Preparation is a must-read for all who are committed to helping urban Black males achieve success in K–12 and postsecondary settings. — James L. Moore III, interim vice provost and chief diversity officer, Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education, The Ohio State University

More than anything else, the book gives a better understanding of the academic and cultural strengths of urban minority youth in secondary and postsecondary settings. — Echol Nix, Jr., Reflective Teaching

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About the Author

Chezare A. Warren is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. He is the 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. A Chicago native, Warren has over a decade of professional experience as a public school educator. His research interests include urban teacher preparation, culturally responsive teaching, and critical race theory in education, and his scholarship has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Urban Education, Urban Review, Journal of Negro Education, Race, Ethnicity and Education, and Teachers College Record. Warren is past president of the Critical Race Studies in Education Association. He holds a BS in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a MA in school leadership from Concordia University–Chicago, and a PhD from the Policy Studies in Urban Education program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Foreword by H. Richard Milner IV


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