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Voices in Urban Education (ISSN 1553-541X) is published twice a year in Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter by the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. It features articles and other works of scholarly and general significance to a wide range of interests and communities who experience urban education through a variety of entry points.

Articles seek to cover a wide range of disciplines with a strong emphasis on trans-sectional and transdisciplinary perspectives aimed at examining successes, problems, and questions in policy, advocacy, and teaching and learning practices in urban education. VUE pays particular attention to pieces that highlight the experiences, hopes, dreams, and concerns of historically underrepresented and vulnerable groups in education along lines of gender, race, sexual identity, dis/ability, language, ethnicity, religion, and indigenous or immigration status. As an open-access journal, VUE aims to disseminate important, topical, relevant, and urgent research, thoughts, and commentary to a wide audience.

  • Conversations in Urban Education consist of interviews (in-person transcripts or electronic correspondence) with thinkers, leaders, advocates, and students at the forefront of struggles for equity in schools. Interviews may contain footnotes but require few or no references and should be vetted for factual accuracy by the interviewer prior to submission. Interviews may range between 3,000 and 5,000 words, but word counts may be adjusted at the discretion of the editors. In addition to completed interviews, VUE accepts offers to be interviewed as potential submissions. Potential interviewees should indicate the topic(s) about which they would like to be interviewed, a summary of their relevant background or expertise on the topic(s), and how their interview might add to the body of knowledge around a specific conversation of interest in urban education.
  • Research Perspectives in Urban Education consist of more traditionally academic research pieces, either studies conducted with an urban education focus or technical commentaries on existing research or strands of research. VUE has a preference for transdisciplinary, trans-sectional, participatory or partnership (researcher-practitioner, practitioner-student, practitioner-advocate, advocate-student, etc.) pieces that are inclusive of broader perspectives and experiences within urban education. However, we will consider more traditionally academic pieces that add to the body of knowledge or to important topical conversations around equity, liberation, abolition, and justice in education. Action research and design-based studies with an equity focus conducted by teachers and/or students/parents will be considered. Research pieces should include an abstract, introduction, and up to 40 references (hyperlinked if possible) and may include up to six tables/figures.
  • Commentaries on Urban Education consist of technical comments, opinions, and narratives of experience and/or guidance from leaders at the forefront of important conversations and issues in urban education, including but not limited to: school integration, school funding, disproportionality, school culture and climate, school discipline, campus safety, racial bias, culturally responsive/sustaining education, the decolonization of education, critical theories in education, etc. VUE considers anyone a potential thought leader, from students and non-instructional school staff through district and state leadership, as well as within and beyond the frames of what is traditionally thought of as leadership. Thought leaders’ pieces should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words and may contain up to 10 references to scholarly or other contextual sources.
  • Expressions in Urban Education consist of any pieces relevant to expanding the understanding and horizons of urban education that do not fall within the three main genres listed above. Such pieces may consist of lyrical, slam, poetic, video, musical, documentary, narrative, artistic, or other pieces traditionally un(der)represented in academic scholarship. Because a variety of formats and modalities that go beyond textuality may fall into this category, Expressions in Urban Education Voices in Urban Education pieces may appear in the online-only version of VUE but will be credited in both the online and print versions. Submission size and guidelines will vary by piece, but all submissions that potentially fall into this category are welcome and will be reviewed.

For correspondence: NYU Metro Center, New York University, 726 Broadway Fl 5, New York, NY 10003, Attn: VUE.

  •  By publishing with our journal, you retain all rights to your work, including copyright. However, you agree to grant us a nonexclusive license to publish and you agree to publish your work under a CC BY license. The exception to this agreement is for student-created artwork.
  • For student-created artwork, all artwork remains the copyright of the students and is not under an open license unless otherwise specified.
  • If our journal is the original place of publication for your work, we ask that any future re-publication of your article be accompanied by a citation to our journal.
  • If your submission contains interviews and/or oral histories, you agree to follow any rules of ethics, including obtaining release forms, informed consent, or review by an Institutional Review Board, that may apply.

Manuscript submission: Electronic manuscripts can be submitted to For complete guidelines for submissions, please visit our website and review the Call for Submissions for the issue to which you plan to submit.

Subscriptions/Access: The VUE editorial team seeks to make VUE available to the widest possible audience; therefore, VUE does not embrace a paid subscription model. Requests for digital subscriptions can be made by providing a valid email to the VUE mailing list link.

Copyright/Permission for Use: Written submissions to VUE are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Permission for use should be obtained from the authors who hold the copyright. Student artwork is not under an open license unless otherwise specified and remains the copyright of the creator.

Advertising/Promotion: VUE promotional space is limited and restricted to partner organizations whose work the editorial board elects to feature in any given issue. To be considered for featured promotional space, please email and include the phrase “Promotions Request” in your subject line.

Guest Editors: To be a guest editor in a future issue, please send a statement of interest and a current CV or resume to and include the phrase “Guest Editor” as your subject line.


Executive Editor

David E. Kirkland
New York University
Executive Director, NYU Metro Center

Managing Editors

Yvonne Thevenot
Teachers College, Columbia University

Honey Walrond
Teachers College, Columbia University

Chelsea Frosini
The Opportunity Network

Designed by

Picante Creative, Inc.

Associate Editors

Jane Bolgatz
Fordham University

Stacey Campo
Children’s Aid Society

Chonika Coleman-King
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Lyntonia Gold
Dept. of Equity & Access

Kinsley Jabouin
NYC Dept. of Education

Hui-Ling Malone
New York University

David Mumper
CUNY Graduate Center

Shino Tanikawa
NYCDOE District 2
Community Education Council

Editorial Board

Zahra Ahmed

Jaynemarie Enyonam Angbah

Chloe Asselin

Yasmin Bailey-Stewart

Jordan Bell

Veronica Benavides

Kemouy Bhalai

Lauren J. Bierbaum

Laurie Brand Blackstone

Ingrid Chung

Olivia Diaz

Gina Grandi

Ebony Green

Heather Gregory

Tracey Holland

Dominique Jean-Louis

Jaspreet Kaur

Karla Manning

Valerie Lieberman Marsh

Kahdeidra Martin

Keith A. Miller

Julie Milner

Sugeni Perez-Sadler

Marcela Rojas

Akisha Jones Sarfo

Matt Schuman

Hank Sherwood

Dawn Shum

Sheba Simpson

Anita Skop

Adriana Villavicencio

Student Contributors 

Cover: Korina Moncada

Back Cover: Junior Morel, Brandon Lee Vidal

Interior Art: Nandita Ramkesar, Leslie Martinez, Talya Reid

We thank students from NYC public schools whose art brings life to this issue of VUE, with particular gratitude to this issue’s front and back cover student artists Korina Moncada, Junior Morel, and Brandon Lee Vidal.

Voices in Urban Education (ISSN 1553-541X) is published at New York University, New York, NY. Contents may be reproduced with appropriate credit to NYU Metro Center. 

NYU Metro Center was founded in 1978 at New York University. Its mission is to advance equity and excellence in education, connecting to legacies of justice work through critical inquiry and research, professional development and technical assistance, and community action and collaboration. 

For more information, contact: The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University, 726 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003. (212) 998-5100,

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