City Kids, City Schools

More Reports from the Front Row

A follow-up to the classic collection on the realities of teaching and learning in urban schools

“For a teacher, parent, citizen, political activist, policy maker, or even grandparent, this is a collection of some of the most important actors in the struggle to make our educational system work for all kids.” —Deborah Meier, author of The Power of Their Ideas

Of the approximately 50 million public school students in the United States, more than half are in urban schools. A contemporary companion to City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row, this new and timely collection has been compiled by four of the country’s most prominent urban educators. Contributors including Sandra Cisneros, Jonathan Kozol, Sapphire, and Patricia J. Williams provide some of the best writing on life in city schools and neighborhoods. Young people and practicing teachers, poets and scholars, social critics and journalists offer unique takes on topics ranging from culturally relevant teaching and scripted curricula to the criminalization of youth, gentrification, and the inequities of school funding.

In the words of Sonia Nieto, City Kids, City Schools “challenge[s] the conventional wisdom of what it means to teach in urban schools.”


“Lands squarely on the streets of America where a variety of voices offers insight into schools that work.”
—Rudolph F. Crew, EdD, Superintendent of Miami-Date County Public Schools
“Hopeful, inspiring . . . a wonderful, provocative collection.”
—Bill Bigelow, Editor, Rethinking Schools magazine

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