Assignment #3: Education Policy
Goal: To discover how education policies affect K-12 education and impact teaching (through a literature search) and to write up a section of the IQP report on education policies.
• Examine recent key education policies:
• Utilize different databases, search engines, and other library resources to seek information and answer questions.
• Evaluate sources of information for credibility, reliability, objectivity, and timeliness.
• Synthesize information for written IQP report section.
• Cite references using APA format.
• Reflect on one’s disposition as a student teacher in the public school system.
1. Work with the WPI librarian, Jason Cerrato (email@example.com), to utilize library resources to learn about a couple of specific education policies. You will write a short summary about these policies, and how they impact current education and teaching.
Please review how previous students affiliated with the WPI Teacher Prep Program (TPP) have integrated a similar assignment into their IQP report and ePortfolio. To find previous student examples, navigate to Digital WPI, search using the keyword “practicum,” and filter (left hand menu) for “IQPs”.
Submit your written summary and analysis of the education policies on Canvas. After getting feedback and doing possible revisions, you will have a section ready for your ePortfolio!
2. Read the first half of Chapter 3 – Dispositions in The Student Companion to Community Engaged Learning (pg. 30-39). Note how the author’s definition of “disposition” is like our framing of “positionality” – the lens (or filters) in which one sees and experiences the world, and "several dispositions simultaneously influence a person’s thoughts and actions."
Please write a reflection (~paragraph or more) that address the following:
a) Have you participated in any previous service or community-engaged experiences in high school or college? How have these experiences (including any of your Pre-Practicum experiences) shaped your teaching or the way you work with your students?
b) The author describes a well-intentioned tutoring program on page 36. Have you ever experienced or witnessed a situation similar (i.e., “savior complex”)? Regardless, what can you learn or take away from that case to apply to your own teaching?
c) What steps can you take during your practicum to "be open to the possibility that interactions and discourse with other people [students, teachers, families] could change the way you think about an issue or a group"?
US Department of Education Resources (Federal/ National):
Massachusetts Department of Education Resources (State):
Worcester Public School Information (Local)