This course examines the contemporary issues of school reform and the various and competing theories driving change within the Chicago Public Schools, and beyond. Students will gain a breadth of theoretical perspectives that will used to understand and debate the real-time events that are most likely to unfold during the term.
- Purpose: What is the purpose of public education?
- Theories of Reform: What are the various theories driving policy and practice?
- International Standards and Benchmarking: What do students need to know and be able to do to succeed in the 21st century? What is good enough?
- Assessment: How do we know what students know?
- Financing Public Education: What is adequate funding to deliver on the promise of public education for all students?
- Equity and Excellence: How do we reconcile or optimize both?
- Teaching and Learning: What does good instruction look like, and how do we prepare teachers?
- Models of Change: How do we improve public schools?
- Organizing for Change: What is the purpose of the school district and how do we organize for change?
- Leadership: What does it take to improve schools, improve school systems?
- Philanthropy: Can philanthropy make a difference?