Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-61048-008-6 • Hardback • April 2015 • $72.00 • (£55.00)
978-1-61048-009-3 • Paperback • April 2015 • $36.00 • (£28.00)
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Dr. Carolyn N. Turner is an Educational Consultant who has recently served as a college dean and doctoral admissions director, and who serves on several non-profit boards.
Dr. Eric R. Jackson is an Associate Professor History and Geography and Director of the Black World Studies program at Northern Kentucky University, has published in numerous journals in multiple fields, such as Educational Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, the International Journal on World Peace, Ohio Valley History, Multicultural Learning & Teaching: An Online Journal, the Journal of Pan African Studies, and the Indiana Magazine of History. He also has written books on the experience of African Americans in northern Kentucky and African American leaders in the Peace Movement. Currently he is working on an Introduction to Black Studies textbook.
Dr. Dorothy E. Battle is an Educational Consultant who works with non-profit organizations on developing and implementing strategies for community problem solving and exploring ways to develop parent-community-school partnership.. She has been a college administrator, and a principal, assistant principal, and teacher in the Cincinnati Public Schools. Dr. Battle has received local and national awards for her work as an educational leader.
Chapter 1 – Parent Involvement in Inner City Schools: What’s the Difference?
Chapter 2 – Why Bother with Engaging Parents?
Chapter 3 – Types of Parents
Chapter 4 – Barriers to Effective Parent Involvement
Chapter 5 – What to Understand When Engaging Inner City School Parent
Chapter 6 - Alternative Schools and Urban America
Chapter 7 – Urban Education, Parental Involvement, and the Healthcare Industry
Chapter 8 – (Conclusion) Making Parent Involvement Successful in Inner City Schools
My goal as a classroom teacher is for parents, the student, and the teacher to work together. A cord of three strands is not easily broken, and students who have this network of support have never failed. This book empowers parents to shape their child’s success through parental involvement in a number of practical and nurturing ways. It also encourages schools and teachers to rise to the challenges and pursue the families in our schools.
— Elissa Foertsch, urban educator/teacher, Parent & Family Involvement team leader, Glendale Elementary School, Princeton, Ohio
Unique Challenges in Urban Schools adds much to our understanding of the impact of parental involvement on the outcomes of African American students in urban settings. This carefully crafted and provocative book is a must read for individuals interested in how to impact/improve the state of African American education in our nation's many urban cities. The authors should be commended for such a thought-provoking piece.
— Felicia Toliver, director of cultural diversity, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Steeped in research and told in an anecdotal and engaging style, Unique Challenges is accessible to a wide audience without losing any of its academic punch. Focusing their analysis on the Black community, the authors have begun unraveling one of the most challenging public education issues – how urban schools can succeed. In offering solutions, Battle, Jackson, and Turner understand the key element: successful change must begin with parents and community support.
— Burke Miller, associate professor of history, social studies education specialist, Northern Kentucky University