College-Ready: Preparing Black and Latina/o Youth for Higher Education-- A Culturally Relevant Approach

College-Ready: Preparing Black and Latina/o Youth for Higher Education-- A Culturally Relevant Approach

by Michelle G. Knight
ISBN-10:
0807754129
ISBN-13:
9780807754122
Pub. Date:
02/22/2013
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807754122
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 02/22/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 1,249,968
Product dimensions: 6.11(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Ronald S. Rochon ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction: Creating a Culturally Relevant, Schoolwide, College-Going Culture 1

The Demographic imperative 4

Educational Achievement 5

National and State Policies: College Readiness and Access 7

High School Policies and Practices 9

Culturally Relevant Educators, Policies, and Practices for College Access 11

School Setting and Research Methods 16

2 It's (Not) Too Early. Negotiating Mixed Messages 22

Expectations Within Formal School Policy Statements 25

Expectations of Teachers and Guidance Counselors at Evergreen High School 26

Expectations of and About Families 29

Expectations of College Campus Personnel 33

Implications and Conclusion 37

Teacher Response 39

3 Promoting College Readiness Through Teachers' and Counselors' Culturally Relevant Pedagogies 44

Teachers: Curriculum, Cultural Identities, and Critical Consciousness 46

Guidance Counselors: Advising and Facilitating Students' Multicultural College-Going Identities 50

Guidance Counselors and Teachers: Exploring Tensions Within Pedagogical Practices 54

Implications and Conclusion 57

Teacher Response 58

4 Creating Possibilities: Black Males' and Latinos' (Non-)Successful Negotiations of High-Stakes Testing and Extracurricular Activities 63

"Successful Negotiators": Institutional Structures Supporting Latinos and Black Males 67

"(Non-)Successful Negotiators": Institutional Structures Inadequately Supporting Youth's Identities 74

Implications and Conclusions 81

Teacher Response 84

5 Critical Literacies and Family Involvement: Envisioning Black Females' and Latinas' College and Career-Ready Futures 88

Youth, Media, and College Readiness 90

Youth, Inquiry Projects, and College Readiness 95

Implications and Conclusions 98

Teacher Response 99

6 Culturally Relevant Peer Groups, Friendships, and College Support 103

Peer Focus #1: Gary and Abraham (Classmates and Friends) 105

Peer Focus #2: Crystal, Abraham, and Jessica (Older Peers Within School) 108

Peer Focus #3: Crystal and Abraham (Older Peers in College) 109

Peer Focus #4: Raquel and Angel (Friends Outside of School) 111

Implications and Conclusions 113

Teacher Response 114

7 Implications and Conclusion: Creating a Culturally Relevant, Schoolwide, College-Going Culture 118

Student Learning and Achievement Creating Rigorous and Relevant Policies and Practices 119

School Staffs' and Youth's Cultural Competence: Complicating Culture and "Fixed" (Racial) Identities 120

Critical Awareness of College Readiness and Access: Recognizing and Challenging Educational Inequities 121

Toward a Schoolwide, Culturally Relevant, College-Going Culture 122

Appendix A Graduation Rate, Class of 2009 125

Appendix B Ethnographic Context and Youth Co-Researcher Methodology 126

References 133

Index 145

About the Author 154

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