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Abstract

Bank Street College of Education, in conjunction with the Consortium on Chicago School Research did a study of small schools in Chicago. This paper examines one element of the findings in depth - the interaction of race and school size. Powell argues that small schools are by their very nature an anti-racist intervention.

Author Biography

Linda C. Powell is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Powell's scholarly interests include group relations theory, urban school reform efforts, and professional development/graduate education for educators. Dr. Powell is the author of several publications including Off-White: Essays on Society, Race and Culture (Routledge Press); "Facing Reality: Using Racial Identity Theory with Urban Public Schools" (Racial Identity Development Theory : Applications to Individual, Group, and Organizational Interventions, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates); "In Our Own Hands: Diversity Literacy." (Transformations); and "Interpreting Social Defenses: Family Group in Philadelphia Public Schools" (Chartering Urban School Reform: Reflecting on Urban High Schools in the Midst of Change, Teachers College Press).

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