UPDATED 1/29 POST BLIZZARD!
Week 1 Introduction
Th 1.22 Introduction & writing the Sociology of your education
Week 2 Teachers and Racial Diversity
Tu 1.27 Teach for America
Kopp, Wendy. 2001. One day, all children: The unlikely triumph of Teach for America and what I learned along the way: PublicAffairs Store, Ch 1-2, p. 3-34.
Blanchard, Olivia “Why I Quit Teach for America” The Atlantic, http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/09/i-quit-teach-for-america/279724/
Katie Osgood “An Open Letter to Teach for America Recruits At the Chalk Face Blog, http://atthechalkface.com/2013/06/30/an-open-letter-to-new-teach-for-america-recruits/
** Assignment 1 Due in class, Personal Statement: Sociology of your education
Week 3 School Choice
Tu 2.3 School Segregation/Word Press Tutorial
Hannah-Jones, Nikole “School Segregation: The Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson” Propublica http://www.propublica.org/article/ferguson-school-segregation
Wells, Amy Stuart, J.J. Holme, Anita Tijerina Revilla, and Awo Korantemaa Atanda. 2009. “Ch 6: Why it was worth it” Both sides now : the story of school desegregation’s graduates. Berkeley: University of California Press. P. 199-235
Class memo #1: List SEVEN Debate talking points: “The school lines that advantage some and deprive others must be toppled.”
Th 2.5 School Choice Theory BRING LAPTOPS TO CLASS
Hoxby, Caroline Minter. 2003. “School Choice and School Productivity. Could School Choice be a tide that lifts all boats?” Pp. 287-342 in The Economics of School Choice. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Orfield, Gary 2012 “Introduction: Choice and Civil Rights” in Orfield and Frankenberg eds. Educational Delusions?: Why Choice Can Deepen Inequality and How to Make Schools Fair. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. p. 3-36
Diane Ravitch. 2010. “Choice The Story of an Idea” The Death and Life of the American School System Ch7, 113-147. New York: Basic Books.
Class Memo #2: List SEVEN Debate talking points: School Choice makes schools better and gives parents better options
In class: Use the following school choice resources depending on your group’s parent profile
- RSCO Brochure: http://www.choiceeducation.org/
- Hartford Public Schools Choice Brochure http://www.hartfordschools.org/files/Choice/FutureGuide3_ENGLISH_reduced_for_web.pdf
- New Haven School Choice Brochure http://www.newhavenmagnetschools.com/index.php/get-started/view-our-catalogs
Sat 2.7 FIELD TRIP: Attend RSCO School Choice fair, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Snow Date: Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.) Conard High School, 110 Beechwood Road, West Hartford
Week 4 School Choice in Hartford
Tu 2.10 School Choice in Hartford & New Haven
Dougherty, Jack. 2015. “Investigating Spatial Inequality with the Cities, Suburbs and Schools Project” http://epress.trincoll.edu/ontheline2015/chapter/investigating-spatial-inequality/
*Recommended reading if you want to learn more about the Sheff case
Eaton, Susan. 2008. The children in Room E4: American education on trial. New York: Algonquin Books
Class Memo #3
- What types of residential and school racial discrimination have existed in the Hartford area?
- 2 points of feedback for Jack’s book, added to the online manuscript using the commenting tool http://epress.trincoll.edu/ontheline2015/front-matter/how-to-comment/
Th 2.12 Limitations of Hartford’s choice system
Debs, Mira “Marketing Schools in Hartford”
In class speaker: Robert Cotto, Hartford Board of Education and Trinity College Researcher
Assignment 1: Blog Post due posted on class website Thursday 9 pm
Week 5 Selecting a research paper topic
Tu 2.17 Student Examples
Rioual, Brigit. 2014. “The Study of Choice: Looking at Parent Surveys and Putting Them into Perspective” Trintity College Educational Studies http://digitalrepository.trincoll.edu/theses/355/
One additional student paper YOUR CHOICE! from Trinity’s Education 300 course focusing on Historical Change in Education Policy http://commons.trincoll.edu/edreform/student-writing-now/
Th 2.19 Research Prospectus Class Brainstorming
1. Find 2 sources that interest you about your research topic, work on narrowing your topic down to 1 workable question.
2. Read through Formulating a sociological research question –https://soc399b.wordpress.com/formulating-a-sociological-research-question/
Tu 2.24 Preparing a prospectus
Read Yale Sociology student example Benjamin M. Robbins 2013 “People Like Us Don’t Go There”: Local Culture and College Aspirations in Rural Nebraska” Yale Journal of Sociology. New Haven, CT: Yale University: 98-129.
Write down two positive comments and two criticisms about each student paper
** Assignment 3: 1 pg Research Prospectus due Weds 2.25, 5 pm
Th 2.26 Individual Research Meetings #1, No class
Tu 3.3 Individual Research Meetings #1, No class
Assignment 4: Introduction due Weds 5 pm
Th 3.5 Peer Critique Workshop on Introduction/Workshop: Finding Evidence for your research paper: ELSI, CT ED Data, etc.
Read and comment on 2 classmates’ Introductions
*** SPRING BREAK! HAVE FUN! SPRING BREAK! HAVE FUN! ***
Week 8 ‘No Excuses Charter Schools’
Tu 3.24 The promise of Charter Schools
Finn Jr, Chester E, Bruno V Manno and Gregg Vanourek. 2001. “Epilogue” from Charter Schools in Action: Renewing Public Education. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 248-264. Wesleyan E-book (access via library)
Raymond, Margaret E. 2014. “To No Avail: A Critical Look at the Charter School Debate.” Phi Delta Kappan 95(5):8-12.
Kahlenberg, Richard and Halley Potter. 2014. A Smarter Charter: Finding what works for charters in public education. New York: Teachers College Press: Introduction p. 1-5, Ch 3.
Bring written comments on classmates’ introductions.
Th 3.26 Charter Schools, Segregation and Disciplinary Culture/ Discussing the Literature Review
Golann, Joanne W. 2015. “The Paradox of Success at a No-Excuses School.” Sociology of Education 20(10):1-17.
Hadi-Tabassum, 2015. “Why do some schools feel like prisons?” Education Week. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/01/28/why-do-some-schools-feel-like-prisons.html?cmp=ENL-EU-MOSTPOP
Kahlenberg, Richard and Halley Potter. 2014. A Smarter Charter: Finding what works for charters in public education. New York: Teachers College Press: Ch 4.
Class Memo #5: List SEVEN Debate talking points for: Charter Schools are saving public education.
Tu 3.31 Reading TBD based on student research topics/Methodology Paragraph
Th 4.2 Gentrification and Schools
Edelberg, Jacqueline and Susan Kurland. 2009 How to walk to school: Blueprint for a neighborhood school Renaissance. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. p. 151-170
Cucchiara, M. 2008. “Re-Branding Urban Schools: Urban Revitalization, Social Status, and Marketing Public Schools to the Upper Middle Class.” Journal of Education Policy 23(2):165-79.
** Literature review due Thursday 9 pm
Tu 4.7 Peer Critique Workshops on Literature Review
Read and comment on 2 classmates’ lit reviews
Th 4.9 High Stakes Testing/Writing about Data
Common Core State Standards Frequently Asked Questions. 2010. Washington DC: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010. Retrieved April 6, 2015 (http://www.corestandards.org/wp-content/uploads/FAQs.pdf)
Brown, Emma. 2015. “Civil rights groups back standardized testing in No Child Left Behind rewrite” Washington Post, January 12. Retrieved April 6, 2015 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/civil-rights-groups-back-standardized-testing-in-no-child-left-behind-rewrite/2015/01/12/511c99e4-99fd-11e4-a7ee-526210d665b4_story.html)
Harris, Elizabeth, 2015 “As Common Core Testing is Ushered In, Parents and Students Opt Out.” New York Times, March 1. Retrieved April 6, 2015 (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/02/nyregion/as-common-core-testing-is-ushered-in-parents-and-students-opt-out.html?_r=)
Strauss, Valerie. 2015 “Test-weary second-grader asks school board: ‘Is that all that matters to grown-ups?’” Washington Post, January 17. Retrieved April 6, 2015 ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/17/test-weary-second-grader-schools-state-school-board-is-that-all-that-matters-to-grown-ups/)
Strauss, Valerie. 2015 ” Live with Kelly and Michael’ Top Teacher is quitting: I can’t ‘drill ‘em and kill ‘em’” Washington Post, February 23. Retrieved April 6, 2015 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/23/live-with-kelly-and-michael-top-teacher-is-quitting-i-cant-drill-em-and-kill-em/)
Sample for talking about Data:
Debs, Mira. 2015. “Pre-Kindergarten Availability and Access in Hartford Region Magnet and Open Choice Schools.” Sheff Movement. Retrieved April 7, 2015 (http://www.sheffmovement.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Pre-K-and-Sheff1.pdf)
Tu 4.14 Data Visualizations Workshop
Th 4.16 Individual Research Meetings #2, No class
Tu 4.21 Individual Research Meetings #2, No class
Th. 4.23 Sample presentation, check in
** First draft of research paper due Thursday 4/23 by 9 pm
Tu 4.28 Student Presentations (10 mins + 5 mins Q&A)
Th 4.30 Student presentations (10 mins + 5 mins Q&A)
Tu 5.5 Student Presentations (10 mins + 5 mins Q&A)
** Final 25 page paper due Wednesday 5/6 by 9 pm (Papers can be turned in until Weds. 5/13 by 9 pm without late penalty)