The Urban Schooling division is committed to advancing the scholarship, research and practice of urban schools. In partnership with other divisions, departments, institutions, and communities, we strive to challenge oversimplified “deficit” frameworks that fail to explore the complexity of issues facing urban schools and their communities.
Our program also seeks to examine the consequences of current practices and policies as well as to develop alternatives to the present system that result in systemic change. Through a multi-perspective and interdisciplinary approach to investigating the issues and policies of urban settings, our students engage in a course of study that allows them to explore the full range of phenomena that impact education in urban settings.
The context for our empirical work is the urban school and surrounding community. In their coursework, students use various methodologies and theoretical frameworks will develop both macro and micro, or situated, views of urban schooling and its policy implications.
Areas of research in urban schooling that involve our faculty and students include equal educational opportunity, diversity, language education, issues of poverty, social stratification in schools/classrooms, decentralization, alternative models of schooling and educational structures, urban teacher preparation and retention, community involvement, and school leadership.