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Race and Equity in Education

Unconscious Bias in Schools

A Developmental Approach to Racism, Revised Edition
Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman, Foreword by Glenn E. Singleton

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In Unconscious Bias in Schools, two seasoned educators describe the phenomenon of unconscious racial bias and how it negatively affects the work of educators and students in schools. “Regardless of the amount of effort, time, and resources education leaders put into improving the academic achievement of students of color,” the authors write, “if unconscious racial bias is overlooked, improvement efforts may never achieve their highest potential.” In order to address this bias, the authors argue, educators must first be aware of the racialized context in which we live.

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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

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.

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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte
Edited by Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Stephen Samuel Smith, and Amy Hawn Nelson

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow provides a compelling analysis of the forces and choices that have shaped the trend toward the resegregation of public schools. By assembling a wide range of contributors—historians, sociologists, economists, and education scholars—the editors provide a comprehensive view of a community’s experience with desegregation and economic development. Here we see resegregation through the lens of Charlotte, North Carolina, once a national model of successful desegregation, and home of the landmark Swann desegregation case, which gave rise to school busing.
 
This book recounts the last forty years of Charlotte’s desegregation and resegregation, putting education reform in political and economic context. Within a decade of the Swann case, the district had developed one of the nation’s most successful desegregation plans, measured by racial balance and improved academic outcomes for both black and white students. However, beginning in the 1990s, this plan was gradually dismantled. Today, the level of resegregation in Charlotte has almost returned to what it was prior to 1971. At the core of Charlotte’s story is the relationship between social structure and human agency, with an emphasis on how yesterday’s decisions and actions define today’s choices.

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