Critical Issues in Urban Education

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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The University of Chicago

Rating 4.7 based on 11 ratings
Length 11 weeks
Starts Jan 14 (last week)
Cost $49
From The University of Chicago via Coursera
Instructor Sara Ray Stoelinga
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Education
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great introduction in 2 reviews

A great introduction to so many facets and perspectives of urban education.

40 years working in one review

I have spent over 40 years working in major research universities, but my knowledge of K-12 education was inadequate.

my only complaint in one review

My only complaint--and this applies to many of the other Coursera courses that I have completed--are the long waiting times for the peer review process.

sara ray stoelinga in one review

Sara Ray Stoelinga is very clear and interesting.

called educational reform in one review

One criticism I have, though, is that the name of the course is misleading; it really should have been called Educational Reform in the US.

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Learning the true requirements that makes up the no child left behind reauthorization is ver Great Introduction to US education system, especially the Urban Education.


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