Publication Date: February 19, 2016
This significantly revised edition will help prospective and new city teachers navigate the realities of city teaching. Now the classic introduction to urban teaching, this book explains how global, national, state, and local reforms have impacted what teachers need to know to not only survive, but to do their jobs well. The Third Edition melds new insights and perspectives from Daniel Jerome—New York City teacher, social justice activist, and parent of color—with what Lois Weiner, a seasoned teacher educator, has learned from research and decades of experience working with city teachers and students in a variety of settings. Together, the authors explore how successful teachers deal with the complexity, difficulty, and rewarding challenges of teaching in today’s city schools.
Lois Weiner is professor in the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, coordinator of the MA in Urban Education/Teaching and Learning, and director of the Urban Education and Teacher Unionism Policy Project at New Jersey City University. Daniel Jerome is an experienced New York City public school teacher and dean of students.
"FINALLY, a book about urban teaching from two experienced professionals who intimately know and respect the art of educating in urban America! In a reform era where 'silver bullets' are put forth by edu-professionals with minimal classroom experience to solve 'achievement gaps' and 'failing schools', the voices of those most informed by craft and expertise have for too long been silenced. Until now."
—Keith Benson, teacher, Camden, NJ
"Professor Weiner helps us understand how to teach in ways that show our concern and do not oppress our students."
—Jeanette Morris, graduate, New Jersey City University; teacher, East Orange New Jersey School District
"Dr. Weiner offers an enlightening scope into the lives of urban educators. The author's honest and riveting perspectives on hot-button topics surrounding our profession will be appreciated by veteran educators and student teachers alike."
—Shanika Allen, 8th-grade math teacher, Trenton, NJ
"Dr. Weiner skillfully blends experience and theory in this practical A–Z guide for novice and seasoned urban educators alike. A brilliantly captivating read for a new generation of urban-bound teachers navigating the uncertainty of urban public education policies and practices."
—Nevart Nay, veteran teacher, formerly of Union City School District, NJ.
"I wish I had Urban Teaching when I began teaching. As a teacher of color who has taught for 3 years, in charter and public school settings, I found the advice, anecdotes, and presentation of the realities of urban teaching to be candid and honest—almost like Weiner and Jerome were mentoring me through the realities of urban teaching."
—Annie Tan, special education teacher, City of Chicago Public School District