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Up Where We Belong: Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life

reviewed by Kay McDuffie - July 31, 2007

coverTitle: Up Where We Belong: Helping African American and Latino Students Rise in School and in Life
Author(s): Gail L. Thompson
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787995975 , Pages: 352, Year: 2007
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Thompson examines some of the reasons a significant number of African American and Latino students’ academic and social experiences place them on the negative side of the Achievement Gap. Thompson presents the results from a case study that was conducted with the African American, Latino, and White students who attend American High School (pseudonym). Thompson identifies the African American and Latino students as America’s “stepchildren” because of the general perception held by a large number of American citizens. The students who participated in this study are representative of not only the student body attending American High School (AHS), but of a large number of students enrolled in America’s public schools. Students from all grade levels and academic tracks were included in the study. The student participants share some of their daily experiences as they interact with the administration, their teachers, and each other. Many of the interactions the students have... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 31, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14570, Date Accessed: 5/13/2021 3:36:47 PM

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  • Kay McDuffie
    Indiana Wesleyan University
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    KAY F WARD MCDUFFIE, Ed. D, is a retired Chicago Public Schools educator. She is currently an Online Facilitator at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion IN. She facilitates the Curriculum Design class in the Master’s of Education Program. Her research involves the reasons parents enroll their children in private schools (dissertation); the appropriate classroom environment for African American male students; and curriculum materials and strategies to facilitate the academic achievement of urban students. Her presentation at the Coalition for Essential Schools Conference (2002) was entitled, Responsive Teaching for the African American Male: An Ongoing Search. She is the 2nd Vice President of the Chicago State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa; a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); and a member of the Illinois State University Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society).
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