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Fall 2017-2018
* FRS 197 (SA)   na, npdf

The Dreamkeepers: Education Reform and the Urban Teaching Experience

Kathleen M. Nolan

In this seminar, students examine the social and political context of urban education and examine current trends in U.S. school reform with the urban teacher at the center of our analysis. We start with an overview of U.S. education policy from the 1965 ESEA to the present. We then focus on daily life inside urban schools by reading qualitative studies mainly from sociology and anthropology. Additionally, we invite urban teachers to share stories of their experiences with the latest reforms. This class is designed for students considering urban teaching or with interests in the study of public schooling as a major contemporary social problem.

Sample reading list:
Cucchiara, M. B., Rooney, E., & Robertson-Kraft, C., I've Never Seen People Work So Hard!
Golann, J. W., The paradox of success at a no-excuses school.
Santoro, D. A., Teaching's Conscientious Objectors

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: approx. 100-150 pages per week. Assignments: 3 short essays (2-3 pages), an oral presentation (12 minutes), final research paper (10 pages)

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Open to Freshmen Only.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23431 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Wilcox Hall   208   Enrolled:13 Limit:15