SUP-470: Strategies and Policies for Narrowing Racial Achievement Gaps

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Ronald Ferguson


Day Time Location
First Day 1/27
Meet Day T/Th 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM GSE


This course examines both public policies and private-sector decisions that affect achievement gaps and other developmental disparities among youth from ages 10 to 25. Racial gaps are the major, but not the exclusive focus. The course begins with basic ideas from social science research about the determinants of youth development outcomes. It moves on to address issues and examples concerning design and implementation of community-level systems and structures to support youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. The next major section of the course concerns evaluation. We review the major types of evaluation research on interventions to affect achievement-gaps and youth-development and the uses and misuses of each. The final segment of the course considers the need to develop both public policies and social change and communication strategies outside of government -- in schools, communities, and homes -- to affect how teachers, parents, and peers help shape developmental experiences that affect achievement levels and disparities.

Also offered by the Graduate School of Education as A-108.