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SI: Through A Critical Lens: Conceptualizing Education Policy Issues and Solutions is a Course

SI: Through A Critical Lens: Conceptualizing Education Policy Issues and Solutions

Jun 1 - Jul 1, 2021
30.0 credits

$450 Enroll

Full course description

This is a for-cost course. To accept responsibility for payment and pay via credit card, use the Promotional Code: SendMeInvoice when signing up for this course. Once you are enrolled you will receive an invoice for the cost of this course. If payment is not received prior to June 1, 2021, you will be dropped from the course.

Course Introduction

This course examines how gender, race, and the policy process impact U.S. public schooling. The course will provide a brief historical overview of public schooling in the U.S. It will also examine key critical frameworks used in education policy. In addition, this course will give an overview of the policy process. An important assumption of this course is that examining solutions is equally important as understanding the problem. For this reason, students will be introduced to Positive Psychology, as a possible lens to study optimistic outcomes.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and have a basic understanding of key critical frameworks most frequently used in education policy
  • Understand research methods (including measures, interventions, and research paradigms) used in education policy research
  • Identify contemporary educational challenges that could potentially be considered using a critical lens in research
  • To articulate multiple perspectives on a specified education policy issue. Consider how the policy process and alternative lens could aid researchers in finding solutions


Course Dates

June 1 - June 30

Required Live Sessions:

This course will have asynchronous and synchronous components.

For your schedule, please note we will meet synchronously in our online course from 4:00pm - 6:30pm on the following days:

Tuesdays: June 8, 15, 22, 29

Course Instructor(s)

Alexis Little, Ph.D.

Karen Beard, Ph.D.

Summer Institute Course Theme

Teaching for Equity and Social Justice



information iconCredits: Participants will receive documentation for the successful completion of this course. No university credit will be earned. Contact hours, listed as credits on this enrollment page, are defined as time spent under scheduled instruction, which can be synchronous or asynchronous. 1 Credit = 10 Contact Hours. For additional details on how contact hours were determined for this offering, please review our Contact Hours Guide.


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