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Suggested: 2 hours/week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

American Public Education: Critical Issues & Historical Context

5 videos (Total 49 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Public Schooling & Local Control13m
American Public School Funding13m
Concepts of American School Reform, pt. 1: The Theories Behind Reform7m
Concepts of American School Reform, pt. 2: The History of Reform11m
3 readings
Welcome to the Course!10m
Glossary for Historical Context of American Public Education10m
Optional Further Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Historical Context of American Public Education20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

The No Child Left Behind Act

6 videos (Total 41 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Building Up to NCLB, 1965-20017m
Part 1: Accountability and Choice8m
Part 2: Flexibility and Literacy4m
Part 1: The Aftermath of NCLB9m
Part 2: Arguments For and Against NCLB5m
5 readings
Glossary for NCLB Historical Lens10m
Glossary for NCLB Summary Lens10m
Glossary for NCLB Analytical Lens10m
Optional Further Readings10m
MOOC survey10m
1 practice exercise
No Child Left Behind20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

The Common Core State Standards

5 videos (Total 47 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
American Schooling Standards, 1892-201510m
Part 1: Developing the Standards7m
Part 2: Implementing the Standards9m
Arguments For and Against CCSS15m
5 readings
Glossary for CCSS Overview10m
Glossary for CCSS Historical Lens10m
Glossary for CCSS Summary Lens10m
Glossary for CCSS Analytical Lens10m
Optional Further Readings10m
1 practice exercise
The Common Core State Standards20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Interlude 1: Interview and Panel Discussion on NCLB and CCSS

7 videos (Total 80 min)
7 videos
NCLB Interviews9m
CCSS Interviews19m
Federal Intervention Interviews4m
Panel 1, part 1: School Improvement at Scale15m
Panel 1, pt. 2: Standardized Tests13m
Panel 1, pt. 3: School-level Reform12m
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Top reviews from Critical Issues in Urban Education

By MLMar 10th 2017

Logically organised, informative and enjoyable. This was an excellent introductory course to Urban Education Issues and provided me with a solid starting point for exploring the subject.

By BCJan 27th 2019

Help a lot, got to learn a lot from this course. As I am student-teacher, this course is really helpful to reflect upon the concerns and issues in the education.

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Sara Ray Stoelinga

Sara Liston Spurlark Director and Clinical Professor
Urban Education Institute

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