[COMM-ORG] Call for Papers, Special Issue on “Urban Education and Neighborhood Revitalization”, Journal of Urban Affairs

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 From: "Silverman, Robert" <rms35 at buffalo.edu>


Special Issue on “Urban Education and Neighborhood Revitalization”

Special Issue Editors

Kelly L. Patterson
School of Social Work
University at Buffalo
klp27 at buffalo.edu

Robert Mark Silverman
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University at Buffalo
rms35 at buffalo.edu

Paper proposals are being accepted for a special issue of the Journal of
Urban Affairs. The special issue focuses on the link between urban
education and neighborhood revitalization. The issue will highlight
papers that describe, analyze, and interpret innovative strategies to
develop public policy that links urban education reform to neighborhood

In cities across the United States, neighborhood decline and the demise
of public education often occurs in conjunction. Efforts to revitalize
neighborhoods are hampered by perceptions of underperforming schools.
This results in a vicious cycle where cities are unable to sustain
housing, related tax bases, and subsequently improve schools that depend
on these resources to deliver quality educational programs. At the same
time, students who attend schools in declining neighborhoods suffer from
exposure to risks in the physical environment they experience on a daily
basis. In part, there are direct impacts from student exposure to
deteriorating neighborhoods, such as health and safety risks. In
addition to these issues, students can be disempowered by exposure to a
physical environment that they cannot have a positive impact upon.

This special issue examines a variety of approaches to public policy
that address the nexus between urban school reform and neighborhood
revitalization. Papers will be included that examine the following topics:

*The use of service learning and community engagement approaches to
connect students with the physical environments that surround schools
(this topic will include an analysis of programs like school-based:
community gardens, public arts projects, neighborhood planning
proposals, and community service projects).

*Innovations in teacher training that include community engagement,
collaboration with nonprofit community-based organizations, and
community service as a component of teacher education.

*The development of full service schools and the coordination of
wrap-around services with schools, such as: social welfare, child care,
after school, public safety, and public health programs.

*The coordination of economic development and neighborhood
revitalization efforts with school planning, design, reconstruction, and
capital improvements.

*The development of educational pipelines and cradle to college programs
that prepare students for the workforce.

*The relationship between the public sector, the nonprofit sector,
public higher education, local school officials, and local government in
the development of strategies to address school and neighborhood
problems collaboratively.

*The scope of federal and state aid available to assist schools and
communities affected by historic patterns of decline due to funding
disparities, poverty, and racial discrimination.

If interested in contributing, please send an abstract, not longer than
500 words outlining the topics to be addressed, methodologies used, and
how the paper will contribute to the general theme of the special issue
to: Kelly Patterson (klp27 at buffalo.edu) by April 30, 2011. When
submitting include “JUA - SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS” in the subject
line. Authors will be notified by June 10, 2011 as to whether they will
be invited to prepare a full paper.

Final submissions of the papers will be expected by December 16, 2011
and then will be submitted through the usual refereeing process used by
the Journal of Urban Affairs.

(A printer-friendly PDF version of this Call for Papers can be
downloaded at

Kind regards,

UAA Executive Office Staff

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