Fall 2019 Recommended Courses:

Curriculum and Instruction 276 seminar Contemporary Issues in K-12 Schools. The C&I 276 seminar is a colloquium format seminar that hosts historically underrepresented teachers and principals to discuss how they engage equity and inclusion in K-12 schools.  The one-credit C&I 276 seminar starts on September 26, 2019, and runs until December 5, 2019.  96% of public school K-12 teachers in Wisconsin are white, and as such, there is a strong desire by WI school districts to continue to diversify and encourage culturally responsive instruction in the teaching ranks.  Research forwards that one teacher of color in one grade can make a significant difference in the educational outcomes of students of color in that grade level.  “Some studies show that students of color with a teacher of the same race have higher test scores and fewer disciplinary incidents when compared to students of color with a white teacher. If this pattern holds in Wisconsin, it may explain part of the state’s large achievement gap. Nine percent of students in the state are African American, three times the proportion of teachers who are African American. More than eleven percent of students are Latino, more than six times the proportion of Latino teachers (WISEdash 2018).”

Curriculum and Instruction 292 First-Year Interest Group (FIG): Globalization, World Regions, and Globalizing Education. This FIG is about globalization, world regions, and education. You will study globalization from educational, international studies, and anthropological perspectives. The primary goal is to connect international studies (with a focus on global economic, political, cultural, and social patterns); anthropological understandings of mobility, cultures, and communities; and an understanding of the role of education in society.

Educational Policy Studies 220 First-Year Interest Group (FIG): Human Rights and Education. 
This FIG is about “Human Rights” broadly. Through readings and discussions, we will explore the diversity of human cultures, and the historical, political-economic, social and cultural meanings of the term “human”—including the ethical imperatives and the exclusionary practices underlying different meanings.

Educational Policy Studies 200 First-Year Interest Group (FIG): Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in American Education. This FIG explores the complex relationship between race, ethnicity, and inequality in American public education. The core seminar, Educational Policy Studies 200: “Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality in American Education,” examines schools as sites where racial/ethnic inequality is produced, reproduced, and resisted through institutional structures and the everyday practices of teachers, students, parents, and community members.

Educational Policy Studies 201 First-Year Interest Group (FIG): Youth, Education, and Society. This exciting and interactive FIG explores the concept of “youth” as a socially constructed and political category. Centered on scholarly literature and current events, Educational Policy 210: “Youth, Education, and Society” will help you think about how youth are framed in social and educational contexts and how forces such as race, class, gender, and sexuality may impact that framing. This class explores how youth are shaped by institutions such as the family, the criminal justice system, the health care system, community-based programs, and how they inform their educational and social trajectories.

Kinesiology 112 First-Year Interest Group (FIG): Make It Count: Measuring Physical Activity Behavior.
The central theme of this FIG is the definition and measurement of physical activity behavior. This is an important issue in the field of kinesiology because of the challenges involved with exercise prescription. Additionally, accurate and consistent measurements of physical activity behavior are needed to examine potential dose-response relationships between physical activity and health outcomes.

Kinesiology 115 First-Year Interest Group (FIG): The Physiology of Human Performance.
In Kinesiology 115 we will be exploring the factors that influence human performance in the context of exercise or performing other physical work. We will examine a number of case studies where the goal will be to determine what the physiological factors are that are limiting performance. We will consider cases of athletic performance, other work conditions, age and developmental issues, as well as injury or other pathological conditions, among many other cases. We will also spend some class time in an Exercise Physiology laboratory where we will collect some data on subjects while they are exercising. We will then use these data to determine some of the underlying physiological processes that are at work during different types of exercise.

Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education 200 First-Year Interest Group: Diversity in Special Education.
This FIG will provide experiences, knowledge, and skills to be an advocate and leader for educational equity and excellence in the field of special education. This FIG will examine the connections between dis/ability, race/ethnicity, and culture, in education and society in the United States and supports and services that promote meaningful inclusion in community and educational settings.

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