In this groundbreaking book, co-editors Pedro Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing, and their collaborators investigated the dynamics of race and achievement at Berkeley High School–a large public high school that the New York Times called "the most integrated high school in America." Berkeley's diverse student population clearly illustrates the "achievement gap" phenomenon in our schools. Unfinished Business brings to light the hidden inequities of schools–where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, and after-school activities serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or failure.
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About the Author
Pedro A. Noguera is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, and the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).
Jean Yonemura Wing is affiliated with UC ACCORD (University of California All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity) and is a researcher in the Oakland Unified School District.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Paperback Edition xvii
The Editors xxvii
Part One: The Structure and Culture of Inequality in Schools 1
Introduction: Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap at Berkeley High School 3 Pedro A. Noguera, Jean Yonemura Wing
1 Structuring Inequality at Berkeley High 29 Beth C. Rubin, Jean Yonemura Wing, Pedro A. Noguera, Emma Haydée Fuentes, Daniel D. Liou, Alicia P. Rodriguez, Lance T. McCready
2 Integration Across Campus, Segregation Across Classrooms: A Close-up Look at Privilege 87 Jean Yonemura Wing
3 The Discipline Gap and the Normalization of Failure 121 Anne Gregory, Kysa Nygreen, Dana Michiko Moran
Part Two: Agency in the Fight for Equity 151
4 Changing Teacher Practice and Student Outcomes 153 Pharmicia M. Mosely
Teacher Voices: Dana Michiko Moran, LaShawn Routé Chatmon, Miriam Klein Stahl, Tamara Friedman, Leslie Anne Plettner, Susannah Bell, Magi Discoe, James Dopman
5 Creating Demand for Equity: Transforming the Role of Parents in Schools 201 LaShawn Routé Chatmon, Katrina Scott-George, Anne K. Okahara, Emma Haydée Fuentes, Jean Yonemura Wing, Pedro A. Noguera
Parent Voices: Isabel M. Parra, Julina Bastidas-Bonilla, Michael D. Miller, Juana Villegas, Vikki C. Davis, Liz Fuentes, Valerie B. Yerger
6 Songs of Experience: Student Reflections on Four Years at Berkeley High 247 Elena Silva
Student Voices: Nabila Lee Lester, Joseph Christiano, Jimmy Thong Tran, Pranoumphone (Pam) Pradachith, Jamie E. McMaryion, Shabnam Piryaei, Niles Xi'an Lichtenstein
Conclusion: Lessons Learned: The Limits and Possibilities of Using Research to Counter Racial Inequality 281 Pedro A. Noguera
Epilogue: Finishing School 297 Jabari Mahiri