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Spring 2009-2010
* AMS ST08   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Special Topics in Public Education Reform

Leslie E. Gerwin


Examines historical and contemporary approaches to education reform in America's cities, with a particular focus on how reform efforts have affected students. We will explore the following questions: What are the historical challenges of urban education reform and how have policymakers attempted to address them? What can we learn from urban districts that are attempting to combat these problems today, and what are the "best practices" in urban education reform? This course will investigate both the administrative and scholastic levels of reform, as well as the environmental factors that affect the lives of urban students.

Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150-200 pages of reading per week. Assignments include weekly response papers, a midterm essay and a term paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
47623 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   039   Enrolled:18 Limit:18 Closed