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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
EDU 310 Issues in Diversity and WorldCultures
SP 2011 HO
To Be Announced
2:25 - 3:40 PM
Ladson-Billings, G. (2010). The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American
Children. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Fadiman, A. (1997)
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down New York: Farrar,
Strauss & Giroux.
Additional course readings will be supplemented
throughout the semester. If not provided in class, readings will be found in
the Doc Sharing section of the course site.
Required: All Park University teacher candidates seeking
certification and licensure must purchase Foliotek, the School for Education’s
electronic portfolio system. As purchasing and accessing Foliotek is a
multi-step process, please follow these instructions:
the Contract Period and fee for which you will be paying. Minimally, you must
purchase a contract which extends to the year you expect to graduate, however
some students purchase a contract extending one year beyond graduation.
Per Student (Prepaid)
Per Student, Per Year
an email to Carol Williams (email@example.com) with the following information:
(Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, etc…)
Contract Period you wish to purchase
student identification number
a few days, you will receive from Foliotek an email with online purchasing
information. Upon receipt of this email, purchase your Foliotek contract.
4. Upon receipt of your payment, you
will receive your login information. You must then send a final email to Carol
Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org), requesting she provide your current
education professors and academic advisor (list them) access to view your
portfolio. It is imperative you complete this final step!!
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email email@example.com or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Educational Philosophy: In a safe environment that
fosters collaboration, critical thinking, group and individual problem-solving
and especially reflection, all students learn to apply newly learned theories
and concepts of the subject at hand to the practice of teaching in a practical,
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Student learning will be assessed by way of a final paper
which also serves as the Core Assessment for this course; online topic
reflections based on class discussions and supplementary readings, a written
reflection of and shared discussion of a volunteer or outreach experience;
written analyses and discussion of 2 assigned books; 2 presentations with
accompanying handouts which require research and preparation; and by way of
attendance and participation, which includes a number of in-class assignments
that may not be made up in case of absence.
All Reflections MUST be submitted into the course website DROP BOX section of
the course site. Emailed and paper submissions will not be accepted. In addition, PLEASE do not submit your
reflection as an attachment! Simply type your submission directly into the
Comment Box within the drop box. If you are unfamiliar with the e-companion
drop box, it is your responsibility to come see me for extra instruction.
Waiting until the assignment is due to figure out that you need help will most
likely be too late!
Community Outreach Experience: In order to further understand the lives of folks from different
backgrounds and circumstances than you, you are required to give at least 3
hours of yourself at an organization whose charge is to help folks less
fortunate than you or folks who are in need of something you can give.
Possibilities include but are not limited to: a Homeless Shelter, Habitat for
Humanity, Synergy House, Special Olympics, The Gracious Promise, Goodwill,
community meal programs, and like organizations and programs. NOTE: You may not use as an outreach experience any tutoring or volunteering that you do
on a regular basis. This experience must be PRE-APPROVED – and must involve
interacting with people (rather than stocking shelves, for example). This
experience must be completed by the date indicated on the course schedule, at
which time you will be discussing it with the class as well as handing in a 2
page reflection on it. This reflection MUST be uploaded to the appropriate Drop
Box or Discussion Thread on the course site.
Course Readings: All
supplementary course readings will be uploaded to the course E-Companion
website at least 3 days prior to their discussion date.
Final Paper (Core Assessment): Must be submitted in paper form by the date indicated on the course schedule, or on
a different time decided upon by the professor.
Presentations and Handouts: Must be uploaded to the assigned Discussion Thread of our course site to allow your classmates to
benefit from your work and information. In addition, you MUST bring with you a paper copy of each of your
handouts to distribute to your classmates on the day of your presentation. If
you are absent on the day you are scheduled to present your handout, it is your
responsibility to arrange a make up time. Note: in the case of
absence, your handout is still due on the date listed below.
Book Reviews: Must
be submitted via an attachment in the appropriately assigned Drop Box.
Attachments must be saved in either RTF or a version of Microsoft Word that is
older than Windows 2007. Documents in Windows 2007 will be accepted, however
may not be returned promptly.
Note: Assignments that are turned in incorrectly will
not be accepted. Therefore, it is imperative that you learn to navigate the
course website, that you complete assignments early, and that you reread the
syllabus as necessary to ensure proper submission!
A = 744-800
C = 632-687 points
B = 688-743 points
D = 576-631 points
% of Total Grade
4 at 30 pts = 120
Attendance and Participation
Final Paper (Take Home Essay Exam)
Book Review I
Book Review II
World Religion Presentation/Handout
World Culture Presentation/Handout
Late Submission of Course Materials:
With the exception of the 2 assigned book analyses and the
final paper, I do not accept late work. Because of the amount of work required
for this class, I highly recommend you attack each assignment as soon as it is
posted, allowing time for any technological “glitches” that might arise. Most
assignments will be submitted through E-companion, however exceptions may be
made on occasion if necessary (e.g. If your computer dies, you are more than
welcome to submit a paper copy to me – as long as it is received on time).
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Pair and group discussions are a crucial component of our
class. In addition, bear in mind that honest, open talk about race and other
issues relating diversity is difficult and often emotional. In order for these
conversations to be as fruitful as possible, you are expected to be respectful
and tolerant of one another, non-judgmental, open to your colleagues' ideas and
perspectives, ready to talk about given topics in a professional manner, and
willing to respect colleagues’ privacy by not sharing class discussions with
people outside of our community of learners.
Cell Phone Use/Text Messaging: Please refrain from text messaging during class, as
it is a major distraction to the professor as well as to your neighbors. Active
participation is a course requirement and if you are distracted by incoming
text messages you are unable to fully benefit from course discussions and
presentations and thereby will receive an absence for that class.
I understand that on occasion you may need to make or take an emergency phone
call. If such a situation arises, please try to alert me of this possibility
before class, and please leave the classroom to make or receive your call.
Tentative Course Topics/Assignments/Due Dates
Pass out 411 Sheets
Due 1/13 in class: 411 Sheet
Due 1/13 in class: “Self” Written Activity
Begin reading Dreamkeepers!
Developing our Community
Discuss Reflection #1 Topic - Labeling activity from
Culture – Hidalgo’s Theory of the 3 Levels of Culture
Due 1/20 in class: Readings on White Privilege (see Doc
Due 1/21 (Friday at midnight): Topic Reflection #1 – Labeling activity from PBS
Whiteness & Discrimination
Jane Elliott’s Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes simulation video and discussion
Whiteness/White or Unearned Privilege ”What it Means to Be
Tim Wise video
Race/Class/ Student Achievement
Due 2/01: Readings on Student Achievement/ the Academic
Due 2/03 (at midnight): Book Analysis #1 (Dreamkeepers)
Discussion of Dreamkeepers
Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation – Introduction
Begin reading The Spirit Catches You & You Fall
Due 2/11 (Friday at midnight): Topic Reflection #2
Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation
2/15 – NO CLASS – Prof presenting at ATE
Due 2/17: Readings on Issues related to our Ss who
identify as LGBTQIA
Gender Identity & Issues Related to folks who identify
Discuss/Present Outreach Experience
Due 3/01 at beginning of class: Outreach Experience
Due 3/03: Readings on Immigration & Asylum Seekers
Due 3/04 (Friday at midnight): Topic Reflection #3
Immigrants, Refugees, & Asylum Seekers
Sign Up for World Culture topics & presentations
NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK
Due 3/17 at beginning of class: World Culture Handout
World Cultures Presentations
3/29 - NO CLASS – Prof at ASCD
Due 3/31 (at midnight): Book Analysis #2 (The Spirit
Catches You & You Fall Down)
Discussion of The Spirit Catches You & You Fall
Sign Up for World Religion topics & presentations
Religion in Schools – Federal Laws/Guidelines
Due 4/05: Readings on Religion
Due 4/08 (Friday at midnight): Topic Reflection #4
MCNSE Best Practices for teaching Ss from diverse
World Religions Presentations
Due 4/12 at beginning of class: World Religion Handout
Controversies in the PK-16 Classroom: Drawing on Current
of Church & State
Assigned Final Time: 1-3, Thurs., May 5, 2011
Due 5/5 (1:00 pm): FINAL PAPER – paper copy turned in to 227 Copley
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93Inappropriate paraphrasing and using others' ideas is a serious offense and does not represent the dispositions of a teacher candidate. Papers and assignments that are plagiarized in any way will receive an automatic “0” and students who choose to plagiarize will have an academic incident report filed in the SFE and may face further disciplinary action.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96Attendance Policy and Late Arrival (cont.): As active participation is a course requirement, attendance is mandatory and worth 20% of your final grade. You will receive 5 point deductions for each of your first 2 absences and 10 point deductions for each additional absence. As I do not give excused absences, I recommend you save your absences for emergencies!
Late Arrival: Arriving late to class makes it impossible for you to fully participate in the class and benefit from the entire lesson. For this reason, you will lose 3 participation points for arriving to class 10-15 minutes late and an additional 2 points for arriving more than 15 minutes late.
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .I wish to fully include persons with disabilities in this course. If you have special circumstances that you believe may affect your performance in this course, please meet with me to make necessary accommodations that will enable you to fully participate. I will do my best to maintain complete confidentiality of nay information you share with me.
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