Identifies political and economic influences on education policy, assesses relevant policy research, and discusses the practical challenges faced by today’s education innovators. Topics include teacher quality, collective bargaining, school size, school finance, Common Core and accountability, early childhood, charters, and vouchers. Tuesday’s session focuses on research approaches and findings; Thursday’s session discusses challenges faced by practitioners. Course to be co-taught with the following Academic Visitors: Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Wayne D. Lewis, Jr., Dean, Belmont University’s School of Education and former commissioner of education for the Kentucky Department of Education; Joseph Olchefske, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Education and former superintendent for Seattle Public Schools; George Parker, Senior Advisor, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and former president, District of Columbia Teachers Union; Susan Patrick, President and CEO, Aurora Institute; Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst and former chancellor for District of Columbia Public Schools; Rocco Testani, Attorney, Eversheds-Sutherland Law Firm; Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality.
Also offered by the Government Department as Gov 2490. Permission of instructor required for all undergraduates.