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New Project Forum report on Principal Preparedness to Support Diverse Learners

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Journal Article: Structural Inequities and the Achievement Gap in Urban Schools

Journal Article » Structural Inequities and the Achievement Gap in Urban Schools


Education, Student achievements/Urban schools, Equalization, Educational, Equalization, Educational


Talbert-Johnson, Carolyn


2004, November


The achievement gap between African-American students and their peers in urban schools can only be eliminated through policies that offer equal access to well-qualified competent instructors. There is a need for culturally responsive teachers that are more aware of the academic and behavioral requirements of students in urban settings. A transformation of practices in teacher education programs is needed to make these programs places where preservice candidates learn to adopt pedagogies that are instrumental in the academic achievement of African-American students in urban schools.