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Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools
Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classrooms

Tyrone C. Howard
Multicultural Education Series
Pub Date: April 2010, 208 pages

Paperback: $29.95, ISBN: 0807750719
Cloth: $62, ISBN: 0807750727
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“This book will be challenging for some readers and affirming for others. It is at times disheartening and other times inspiring; sometimes anguishing but always enlightening.”
—From the Foreword by Geneva Gay, University of Washington–Seattle

While race and culture remain important variables in how young people experience schools, they are often misunderstood by educators and school personnel. Building on the work of three studies that investigated schools successful in closing the achievement gap, Tyrone Howard shows how adopting greater awareness and comprehensive understanding of race and culture can improve educational outcomes. Important reading for anyone who is genuinely committed to promoting educational equity and excellence for all children, this accessible book:

  • Outlines the changing racial, ethnic, and cultural demographics in U.S. schools.
  • Calls for educators to pay serious attention to how race and culture play out in school settings.
  • Presents empirical data from schools that have improved achievement outcomes for racially and culturally diverse students.
  • Focuses on ways in which educators can partner with parents and communities.

Tyrone C. Howard is Associate Professor of Education in the Division of Urban Schooling, and Director of Center X in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA.


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