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"These Kids Are Out of Control"

"These Kids Are Out of Control"
Why We Must Reimagine Classroom Management for Equity

August 2018 | 200 pages | Corwin
Chapter 1 - Understanding the Landscape of Classroom Management: A Look at research, Theory and Practice
Referral Practices, Congruence and Dissonance, and Systemic Barriers  
Classroom Management is About Being Culturally Responsive  
Culturally Responsive Classroom Management  
Reflecting on the Chapter  
Chapter 2 – Connecting Classroom Management and the Cradle to Prison Pipeline
Cradle to Prison Pipeline in the United States  
Cradle to Prison Pipeline and Schools  
Root causes and Contributors to CTPP  
Vignette: Intricacies of Inside and Outside School Factor – Marcus’ Story  
Connecting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline to Classroom Management  
Reflecting on the Chapter  
Chapter 3: Classroom Management in Urban Schools is About Effective Instruction
Critical Reflective Practices  
Vignette A: How Self-Reflection Helps a First Grade Teacher Manager Her Class  
High Student Engagement in Course Content  
Vignette B: High Student Engagement in Middle School Math  
Positive Framing  
Vignette C: How Positive Framing Promotes Success in High School English  
Building a Classroom Community  
Vignette D: Building a Classroom Community That Promotes Primary Learning in Science  
Final Thoughts: Effective Instruction Improves Classroom Management in Urban Schools  
Key Ideas and Recommendations  
Reflecting on the Chapter  
Chapter 4: Classroom Management is About Creating a Caring Environment
Vignette A  
Belief, Expectations and Rigor  
Persistent Practices  
Partnership with Families and Communities  
Vignette B  
Key Ideas and Recommendations  
Reflecting on the Chapter  
Chapter 5
Restorative Discipline is Rooted in Restorative Justice  
Methods of Restorative Discipline  
Vignette A: Affective Language Use in the Third Grade  
Vignette B: Circle Process for Problem Solving Among Six Grade Students  
Vignette C: Restorative Conferencing after a Fight  
Implementing Restorative Discipline  
Key Ideas and Recommendations  
Reflecting on the Chapter  
Conclusions, Implications and Recommendations
A Charge to Teacher Education  
A Charge to Researchers  
A Charge to Reformers  
A Charge to Teachers and Other Educators  
A Charge to Professional Development Facilitators  
Final Insights  

These Kids are Out of Control shines light on the importance of classroom management in urban schools while appropriately placing it in the full context of urban education. The authors expertly provide a firm research base upon which they offer evidence-based and practical strategies that can be incorporated by urban educators. They go into detail on how, why, and what these strategies look like to better prepare and support urban teachers in classroom management. As a teacher educator, I know I will definitely incorporate the strategies listed in this book to help my pre-service teachers understand how to better manage urban classrooms. Researchers and teacher educators alike will find this book useful for pushing forward the field of classroom management in urban schools while equipping teachers and administrators with the day-to-day skills needed to succeed."

Andrew Kwok, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Education
California State University, San Bernardino

“If you are an educator who wants to resist and dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline, this is your manifesto. Deeply researched, accessibly written, and powerfully applied, this book demonstrates not just why we need to make justice the goal of our classroom management practices; it also shows us how we get it done. Read this and you’ll know what to do to make our schools and classrooms more hopeful, critical, responsive, and equitable.”

Eric Toshalis, Research Director
Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative

"Today’s educators must meet the daily challenge of providing quality teaching for students from wide, diverse backgrounds, and personal histories.  While research on managing classrooms has provided some guidance, significant gaps in our understanding remain, such as the lack of in depth theoretical and foundational knowledge about issues of race, culture, and inequity as they impact schooling.  The authors have given us vital insights about these important factors.  I believe this book is one of the most significant contributions to research on classroom management in years.  It is a MUST read and belongs in every educator’s library."

Carolyn M. Evertson, PhD, Professor of Education, Emerita
Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

"These Kids are Out of Control prepares educators, like no other text in the field, to engage in justice-oriented classroom management utilizing restorative, culturally responsive approaches to discipline. The authors’ use of practical, yet, powerful, vignettes provide real world illustrations of multi-context classroom scenarios that shift our mindsets about effective classroom management practices; moving away from ‘what is,’ to ‘what could be!’ This book is a timely and relevant contribution to the field of education and a must- read for anyone who currently teaches, or aspires to teach, in a diverse school setting."

Bettie Ray Butler, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban Education and Director of the Student Discipline Joint Taskforce
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Cato College of Education

“Children live in a more dynamic society than ever before, and their experiences are very complex. This book is a must read for educators in urban schools across the country because it addresses the social and emotional needs of students and provides practical – real solutions – to help build climates that positively  support students’ learning.  The book helps educators understand how to restore rather than punish students.”

Sito Narcisse, Chief of Schools
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Key features
  • A practical, research based guide to rethinking classroom management that effectively serves the needs of diverse learners including children of color, English learners, and children from low-income households
  • Focuses on promising alternatives to traditional disciplinary practices including restorative justice.
  • Contains classroom vignettes that bring chapter concepts to life**Reflection questions help guide teacher discussion and foster introspection.
  • Key ideas and recommendations charts summarize major points and provide concrete action steps that educators can take to foster more equitable practices.

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