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Urban school reform in the United States is characterized by contentious, politicized debate. This course explores a set of critical issues in the education and educational reform space, with a focus on aspects of the field that have sparked controversy and polarized views. We will dig into these debates, situating them within the larger history of public education and school reform, and considering the viewpoints, the evidence, and translation of issues into educational policy. We will consider three broad topics in this course: 1. Federal Strategies in School Reform: How has the federal government legislated and incented public school reform? 2. School Choice: How does school choice aim to improve schools? 3. Accountability: What is the history of accountability in American public schooling? What are the policies and practices associated with accountability? Learning Goals This course will enable participants to: 1. develop an informed historical perspective about public schooling in the United States; 2. understand the unique contextual elements of the American approach to public schooling; 3. analyze and assess divergent viewpoints about American public school history and school reform policy. Teachers may be able to receive continuing education credit for successful completion of this course. To earn continuing education credits students must purchase and earn the Course Certificate, which they can then submit to the credit-issuing agency in their state. Students should also fill out the requisite paperwork stating that the affiliated provider is the Graham School at the University of Chicago, and that average time for certificate-level course completion is 18 hours. Students outside of Illinois should contact their state’s accreditation board to determine whether this course is eligible for continuing education credit. Note that it is up to the schools or districts that employ teachers to decide whether this course meet their requirements....
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American Public Education: Critical Issues & Historical Context

As we launch the course, we will explore the history of public schooling and school reform in the United States. The approach to public education in the United States is unique, with governance, quality, and approach residing at the state and local level. As a result, efforts to improve and reform public schools in the United States are complex. Together, we will unpack these critical foundational characteristics of American public schooling, and explore the ways in which these contextual factors influence topics explored throughout the course....
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 49 min), 3 lectures, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
Public Schooling & Local Control13 min
American Public School Funding13 min
Concepts of American School Reform, pt. 1: The Theories Behind Reform7 min
Concepts of American School Reform, pt. 2: The History of Reform11 min
Reading3 lectures
Welcome to the Course!10 min
Glossary for Historical Context of American Public Education10 min
Optional Further Readings10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Historical Context of American Public Education20 min

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The No Child Left Behind Act

This week, we will examine federal strategies to improve public schooling, beginning with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NCLB is the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Enacted during the presidency of George W Bush, NCLB emphasized accountability, choice and flexibility. Discussion of the goals and intentions of NCLB will naturally lead us to consider the controversies around federal involvement in public education given the nature of the locally controlled approach to the American system. We will explore divergent opinions about NCLB theory of action and effectiveness....
Reading
6 vidéos (Total 41 min), 5 lectures, 1 quiz
Video6 vidéos
Building Up to NCLB, 1965-20017 min
Part 1: Accountability and Choice8 min
Part 2: Flexibility and Literacy4 min
Part 1: The Aftermath of NCLB9 min
Part 2: Arguments For and Against NCLB5 min
Reading5 lectures
Glossary for NCLB Historical Lens10 min
Glossary for NCLB Summary Lens10 min
Glossary for NCLB Analytical Lens10 min
Optional Further Readings10 min
MOOC survey10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
No Child Left Behind20 min

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The Common Core State Standards

As we continue our exploration of federal involvement in public education, we will discuss the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the creation of a shared set of common standards and assessments for public education. We will examine the history of the creation of standards in the United States, revealing the fact that the concept of standards has been evident for decades. What can we learn from this history? How is the Common Core like or not like these previous efforts? We will consider the goals and intentions behind the Common Core, as well as the divergent opinions about its effectiveness....
Reading
5 vidéos (Total 47 min), 5 lectures, 1 quiz
Video5 vidéos
American Schooling Standards, 1892-201510 min
Part 1: Developing the Standards7 min
Part 2: Implementing the Standards9 min
Arguments For and Against CCSS15 min
Reading5 lectures
Glossary for CCSS Overview10 min
Glossary for CCSS Historical Lens10 min
Glossary for CCSS Summary Lens10 min
Glossary for CCSS Analytical Lens10 min
Optional Further Readings10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
The Common Core State Standards20 min

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Interlude 1: Interview and Panel Discussion on NCLB and CCSS

We had the pleasure of interviewing several experts in the education space from around Chicago and the Urban Education Institute. Listen as they discuss topics surrounding NCLB and CCSS. They will have a variety of perspectives from that of a researcher to a practitioner. Which do you identify with? Did any of the participants resonate with you?...
Reading
7 vidéos (Total 80 min)
Video7 vidéos
NCLB Interviews9 min
CCSS Interviews19 min
Federal Intervention Interviews4 min
Panel 1, part 1: School Improvement at Scale15 min
Panel 1, pt. 2: Standardized Tests13 min
Panel 1, pt. 3: School-level Reform12 min
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par 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.

par TJMar 21st 2018

Very informative and entertaining. Learning the true requirements that makes up the no child left behind reauthorization is ver

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Sara Ray Stoelinga

Sara Liston Spurlark Director and Clinical Professor
Urban Education Institute

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