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Critical Issues and Effective Solutions for Education Reform
3 Graduate Level or In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor: Janice McLachlan November 1-30, June 1-28, August 1-30
University of the Pacific
Standardized testing, performance indicators, Common Core State Standards, college and career readiness, accountability, closing the achievement gap, gaps in achievement of minority groups, gaps in achievement between the U.S. and other countries, the effects of poverty, teacher evaluations, APPR, the breakdown of the family, the lack of funding for student and teacher education programs and development are just a handful of the critical issues that educators have to face in the classroom every day. The truth is educators are the innovators and facilitators of change. We are the ones to help provide effective solutions to reform education starting in our own schools and our own classrooms. It is our job to advocate for the quality of education our students receive. This course will study various trends and models of education reform, past, present and future to help set goals for achievement in our individual classrooms and on the local level. We will study the best practices and design real solutions for instructional planning, curriculum development, classroom management and effective assessments to help close the achievement gap in our own schools and provide the most successful learning experiences we can for our students. This class is appropriate for all educators P-12, ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, LOTE, ESL, Special Education, Visual Arts, Music, Theater Arts, Physical Education, Technology, Guidance Counselors and Social Workers and Psychologists.