1st Edition

Family Engagement in Black Students’ Academic Success
Achievement and Resistance in an American Suburban School

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ISBN 9780367721770
March 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
308 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This timely volume presents powerful stories told by Black families and students who have successfully negotiated a racially fraught, affluent, and diverse suburban school district in America, to illustrate how they have strategically contested sanctioned racist practices and forged a path for students to achieve a high-quality education.

Drawing on rich qualitative data collected through interviews and interactions with parents and kin, students, community activists, and educators, Family Engagement in Black Students’ Academic Success chronicles how pride in Black American family history and values, students’ personal capabilities, and their often collective, pro-active challenges to systemic and personal racism shape students’ academic engagement. Familial and collective cultural wealth of the Black community emerges as a central driver in students’ successful achievement. Finally, the text puts forward key recommendations to demonstrate how incorporating the knowledge and voices of Black families in school decision making, remaining critically conscious of race and racial history in every-day actions and longer term policy, and pursuing collective strategies for social justice in education, will help eliminate current opportunity gaps, and will counteract the master-narrative of underachievement ever-present in America.

This volume will be of interest to students, scholars, and academics with an interest in matters of social justice, equity, and equality of opportunity in education for Black Americans. In addition, the text offers key insights for school authorities in building effective working relationships with Black American families to support the high achievement of Black students in K-12 education.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Context, Purpose and Overview of The Book 1. Perspectives on The Education of Black American Students 2. Our Families, Schools, And Approach to The Study 3. Families’ and Students’ Engagement 4. One Family Tells Its Story 5. Negotiating the Schools: Achievements and Asymmetries 6. Moving on Up to The Suburbs 7. Perceptions of Teacher Expectations 8. How Black Americans Achieved Success in A Racially Fraught, Highly Competitive Suburban School: Summary of Findings and Discussion 9. Toward Equity in Educational Opportunity and Outcome, Conclusion, Implications, Recommendations Epilogue Appendix A: Participant and School District DemographicsAppendix B: Interview Protocol Appendix C: Racial Achievement Disparity

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Vilma Seeberg is Associate Professor Emerita in International/Multicultural Education at Kent State University, USA