- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Education Press (December 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612501192
- ISBN-13: 978-1612501192
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pivotal Moments: How Educators Can Put All Students on the Path to College
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In Pivotal Moments, Espinoza brings to life vivid, detailed portraits of a diverse group of students whose experiences highlight how teachers, counselors, academic outreach professionals, and professors can help students circumvent the barriers they encounter in attaining school success. Each story illustrates how the timing, duration, and impact of Pivotal Moments can redirect students’ educational trajectories. The book also translates the theory of Pivotal Moments into concrete practices that educators at all levels can use to intervene more effectively in the lives of working-class minority students.
“This is a timely and important book. Pivotal Moments is filled with practical ideas on how to expand access to college for students who have traditionally been underserved and underrepresented. Drawing on an extensive body of research, Espinoza presents an analysis of what it takes to get more students ‘college ready’ which educators, counselors, and anyone who works with youth will find insightful and illuminating.” — Pedro A. Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
“One of the most significant public policy challenges of the twenty-first century is to figure out how to increase college going for low-income youth. Roberta Espinoza provides clues to how individuals inside or outside the classroom can empower students and put them on the path to college. This is a well-researched book with an important message: yes, individuals can make a difference!”— William G. Tierney, university professor, Wilbur Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, and director, Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis, University of Southern California
“Roberta Espinoza’s compelling and insightful book helps explain the transformative impact that a college-educated adult—such as a teacher or counselor—can have on the life of an educationally disadvantaged student. The Pivotal Moment of academic intervention in the educator/student relationship has the potential to alter the life trajectory of these students—and our collective well-being.” — Jamie P. Merisotis, president, Lumina Foundation
“It is refreshing to read Espinoza’s eloquent accounts of the moments when educational possibilities are created for underserved students. Most important, these are intentional—not chance—encounters, a fact that points toward a systemic, institutional approach to supporting educational equity.” — Hugh Mehan, professor emeritus of sociology, University of California, San Diego, and founding director, Center for Research on Educational Equity, Access, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE)
Roberta Espinoza is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Fullerton.
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