By Diane S Pollard

Although faculties with an African-centered academic concentration have existed for over two hundred years, they've got in general been autonomous associations. in the previous few years, the belief of incorporating an African and African-American cultural orientation in public faculties has been explored. This exploration has proceeded in a couple of methods: in Baltimore, MD, African-centered schooling used to be instituted in chosen school rooms inside an another way conventional tuition. In Milwaukee, and in different towns resembling Detroit, MI, and Washington, DC, African-centered courses were applied in chosen schools.

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In each marking period, students were given 50 points toprotect. Points were lost for poor behavior and work, whereasother points could be earned for positive academic and social performance. At the end of the marking period, studentswere rewarded for maintaining or protecting points. ” During the initialfive years that this elementary school operatedas an African American Immersion School, the principal exhibitedseveral consistent themes in her perceptions and leadershipstyle. These included (1) a clear vision of what this particular African-centered educational model should be andan agenda for implementing that vision,(2) an active and flexible hands-on management style, (3) positive and empowering relationships with staff, (4) high expectations for academic achievement among the students, and (5) a perception of what constitutes school change.

The development and prosperity of people 34 African-Centered Implementing Schools This is followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Americanflag. The lead student reader then says, “Thank you. ’ ”The namesof students with birthdaysare announced, and the children then turn their attention toclassroom activities. This ritual is one of many examples of a school-wide activitythat infuses African and African American history and culture into the ongoing daily life of the school. THE SCHOOL SETTING The African American Immersion elementary school was built in the early part of the nineteenth century.

Studies conducted in the late 1980s and early 1990s of school attendance patterns, particularly in urban areas, suggested that desegregation would not lead to viable educational opportunitiesfor large numbers of African Americanchildren, particularly those concentrated in central cities. Citing a study by Orfield, Narine (1992) noted that, nationally,63 percent of African American studentsattended schools in which people of color predominated. In the Northeast, one-third of African American studentswere in schools that were more than 99 percent black.

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