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MAT654 Seminar in Social Issues

Lead Faculty: Dr. Dina Pacis

Course Description

This course examines the issues of Poverty, Race and Class in terms of demographics, instructional, and structural influences associated with variations in student achievement. A thorough review of historical and emerging research around these issues will be examined within the lens of standards, accountability, and leadership policies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the demographics of their school/classroom.
  • Be able to identify the patterns and trends in data related to demographics of poverty, race, and class.
  • Develop the skills to be able to analyze data related demographics of poverty, race, and class.
  • Develop an understanding of the "antecedents of excellence" that are associated with variations in student achievement based on poverty, race, and class.
  • Identify the ingredients in a plan of action that directly addresses issues in teaching strategy, curriculum, leadership, and policy to address disparities based upon poverty, race, and class.
  • Understand the components of managing professional time necessary for accomplishing leadership tasks.
  • Develop an understanding of the leadership qualities needed to produce effective classroom instruction for all students.
  • Apply patterns and trends in data related to demographics of poverty, race, and class in their school/classroom.
  • Present graphic and written evidence of data analysis of poverty, race, and class in their school/classroom.
  • Synthesize the "antecedents of excellence" that are associated with variations in student achievement based on poverty, race, and class.
  • Create a plan of action that directly addresses issues in teaching strategy, curriculum, leadership, and policy to address disparities based upon poverty, race, and class revealed in their school/classroom.
  • Engage with other colleagues to critique each others' plan of action related to how to address disparities based upon poverty, race, and class in their school/classroom.