课程信息
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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100% 在线课程

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完成时间大约为21 小时

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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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 videos (Total 49 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 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
Reading3 readings
Welcome to the Course!10m
Glossary for Historical Context of American Public Education10m
Optional Further Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Historical Context of American Public Education20m

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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 videos (Total 41 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 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
Reading5 readings
Glossary for NCLB Historical Lens10m
Glossary for NCLB Summary Lens10m
Glossary for NCLB Analytical Lens10m
Optional Further Readings10m
MOOC survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
No Child Left Behind20m

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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 videos (Total 47 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
American Schooling Standards, 1892-201510m
Part 1: Developing the Standards7m
Part 2: Implementing the Standards9m
Arguments For and Against CCSS15m
Reading5 readings
Glossary for CCSS Overview10m
Glossary for CCSS Historical Lens10m
Glossary for CCSS Summary Lens10m
Glossary for CCSS Analytical Lens10m
Optional Further Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
The Common Core State Standards20m

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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 videos (Total 80 min)
Video7 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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Summarizing Debates around School Choice

School choice includes a set of practices and policies that aim to provide new educational options for students, to improve individual, school and school system outcomes. The concept on the surface sounds simple and logical and yet school choice is complex in implementation and has sparked much debate. What are the reasons for this controversy? Together, we will examine the history, types of school choice, the debates about effectiveness, and the ways in which this theory of action has become highly politicized and controversial....
Reading
5 videos (Total 44 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
School Choice from 1955 Onward10m
Part 1: Open Enrollment and Magnet Schools7m
Part 2: Tax Credits and Homeschooling7m
Arguments For and Against School Choice12m
Reading3 readings
Glossary for School Choice Overview10m
Glossary for School Choice Historical Lens10m
Glossary for School Choice Summary Lens10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
School Choice20m

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Charter Schools

This week, we will focus our attention on charter schools. We will explore the history of charter schools in the United States, examining fundamental questions about their theory of action and effectiveness. In these lectures, we will gain critical knowledge about how charter schools came to be, whether they are effective, and why they are so controversial....
Reading
5 videos (Total 38 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The History Behind Charter Schools, 1955-20159m
What makes charter schools different?8m
Part 1: How do charter schools perform?6m
Part 2: Arguments For and Against Charter Schools9m
Reading4 readings
Glossary for Charter School Overview10m
Glossary for Charter School Historical Lens10m
Glossary for Charter Schools Summary Lens10m
Optional Further Readings: School Choice and Charter Schools10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Charter Schools22m

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1 hour to complete

Interlude 2: Interview and Panel Discussion on School Choice and Charter Schools

We had the pleasure of interviewing several experts in the education space from around Chicago and the Urban Education Institute. Listen as they discuss issues surrounding School Choice and Charter Schools. 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
6 videos (Total 68 min)
Video6 videos
The School Choice Debate Interviews11m
School Choice Interviews: Charter Schools12m
Part 1: The Theory Behind School Choice20m
Part 2: Teachers and Teachers Unions in Charter Schools7m
Part 3: Charter School Results10m

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School Accountability: History, Theory of Action, Policy

The idea of accountability, or holding students, teachers, schools and school districts responsible for school performance, has become a key focus for practitioners, policy makers, and citizens. Why did the concept of accountability emerge and why has it become so central, so controversial? This week, we will learn about the concept of accountability in schools, which emerged in the United States in the 1990s. We will examine the history of the accountability, and the many forms this idea has taken. In doing so, we will consider pressing questions about how we ensure high quality schooling while not making accountability an ends in itself. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 47 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Accountability, 1980-200110m
Part 1: Assessments, Report Cards, and Help to Low-Performing Schools11m
Part 2: Turnaround and Rewards to High-Performing Schools8m
How have Accountability Methods Changed over Time? 1999-20149m
Reading4 readings
Glossary for Accountability Overview10m
Glossary for Accountability Historical Lens10m
Glossary for Accountability Summary Lens10m
Optional Further Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Accountability20m

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Teacher Effectiveness and Evaluation

This week, we will dig more deeply into the concept of accountability, by examining teacher effectiveness and evaluation. In the process, we will learn about efforts to define and measure teacher effectiveness, and the push nationally to integrate teacher evaluation into individual teacher, school, school system and state accountability systems....
Reading
4 videos (Total 41 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
How and Why has Teacher Evaluation Changed over Time?12m
How Teacher Evaluation Systems Work11m
The Teacher Pathway Perspective12m
Reading5 readings
Glossary for Teacher Effectiveness/Evaluation Overview10m
Glossary for Teacher Effectiveness/Evaluation Historical Lens10m
Glossary for Teacher Effectiveness/Evaluation Summary Lens10m
Glossary for Teacher Effectiveness/Evaluation Analytical Lens10m
Optional Further Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Teacher Effectiveness/Evaluation20m

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3 hours to complete

Conclusion and Final Assignment

In the last week, we interviewed several experts in the education space from around Chicago and the Urban Education Institute on their view of accountability. As a summary of your learning in this class, we ask you to write a short response paper. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 53 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Accountability Interviews17m
High-stakes Testing Interview13m
Teacher Quality and Evaluation Interviews15m
Reading2 readings
Writing Resources10m
Complete Glossary and Optional Further Reading Lists10m
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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 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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