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Succeeding in the City: A Report from the New York City Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study
Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education (2014)
  • Shaun R. Harper, University of Pennsylvania
  • Collin D. Williams, Jr., University of Pennsylvania
Abstract
This report is the first publication from the New York City Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study, a project that entailed face-to-face individual interviews with 415 students from 40 public high schools. Ninety were enrolled in 44 colleges and universities, the rest were college-bound high school juniors and seniors. Understanding how these young men succeeded in and out of school, developed college aspirations, became college-ready, and navigated their ways to postsecondary education was the primary aim of this project. Instead of further amplifying deficits and documenting failures in urban schools, 13 Black and Latino male researchers from the University of Pennsylvania chose to study students who figured out how to foster productive relationships, resist pressures to join gangs and drop out of high school, and succeed in environments cyclically disadvantaged by structural inequities. It concludes with recommendations for six different constituencies: (1) parents and families; (2) urban high school teachers; (3) high school guidance counselors; (4) principals and other high school leaders; (5) postsecondary professionals and leaders; and (6) mayors, governors, and policymakers.
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Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Harper, S.R., & Associates. (2014). Succeeding in the city: A report from the New York City Black and Latino Male High School Achievement Study. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.