How Schools Meet Students' Needs: Inequality, School Reform, and Caring Labor (Critical Issues in American Education) (Paperback)

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How Schools Meet Students' Needs: Inequality, School Reform, and Caring Labor (Critical Issues in American Education) (Paperback)

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Meeting students’ basic needs – including ensuring they have access to nutritious meals and a sense of belonging and connection to school – can positively influence students’ academic performance. Recognizing this connection, schools provide resources in the form of school meals programs, school nurses, and school guidance counselors. However, these resources are not always available to students and are not always prioritized in school reform policies, which tend to focus more narrowly on academic learning. This book is about the balancing act that schools and their teachers undertake to respond to the social, emotional, and material needs of their students in the context of standardized testing and accountability policies. Drawing on conversations with teachers and classroom observations in two elementary schools, How Schools Meet Students’ Needs explores the factors that both enable and constrain teachers in their efforts to meet students’ needs and the consequences of how schools organize this work on teachers’ labor and students’ learning.
 
Katie Kerstetter, Ph.D., is a Research Affiliate with the Center for Social Science Research and an Affiliate of the Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi. Her research focuses on the study of education, health, and social inequality, with a particular interest in how social policies influence the daily lived experiences of teachers, other frontline workers, and the individuals they serve. 
Product Details ISBN: 9781978823587
ISBN-10: 1978823584
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: November 14th, 2022
Pages: 170
Language: English
Series: Critical Issues in American Education
"The data is interesting and the stories are compelling. How Schools Meet Students’ Needs is a significant contribution to a field without adequate attention."
— Jennifer A. Reich

"Kerstetter provides a vivid ethnographic account of how policies such as No Child Left Behind actually produce the opposite outcomes from what they supposedly aim to accomplish, constraining public schools from being able to effectively educate low-income children. How Schools Meet Students’ Needs is well-written and easy to read."
— Julia Sass Rubin

"The data is interesting and the stories are compelling. How Schools Meet Students’ Needs is a significant contribution to a field without adequate attention."
— Jennifer A. Reich

"Kerstetter provides a vivid ethnographic account of how policies such as No Child Left Behind actually produce the opposite outcomes from what they supposedly aim to accomplish, constraining public schools from being able to effectively educate low-income children. How Schools Meet Students’ Needs is well-written and easy to read."
— Julia Sass Rubin