History Curriculum Censorship: Monica, Steven, Angie, Karla

This article discuses the recent debate over the implementation of a new U.S. history curriculum in Advanced Placement U.S. History classrooms. The article mentions that teachers are encouraged to avoid curriculum and textbooks that “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard the law.”  According to the article, some people are opposed to this new…
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Evaluating ELLs for Special Needs a Challenge: Kathryn, Fabiola, Megan, Jazmin, Johanna -Class Discussion on 2/16/15

Education Week: Evaluating ELLs for Special Needs a Challenge August 29, 2012  by Lesli A. Maxwell, Nirvi Shah This article discusses the difficulty of disentangling disabilities and language problems. This has spurred a new federal study that will explore how districts identify English-learners for special education. Link—> http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/08/29/02ell_ep.h32.html?tkn=TOMF9b9UoSY4Z14qAZjJgUKmWNNnj1FhoC4H&intc=es Discussion Questions: Why do you feel some […] Continue reading

Tryst’n,Alaisha, Brenda, and Alex: Special Education Charters Renew Inclusion Debate (read by 2/18)

This article is about a mother, Diana Diaz-Harrison, who opened her own charter school for children who have been diagnosed with autism. She opened the school after feeling that her son’s needs weren’t being met in traditional public schools. Opening Arizona Autism Charter School has made Ms. Diaz-Harrison one amongst the dozen other nationwide charter … Continue reading Continue reading

Megan &Lauren – Childhood Homelessness

http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/invisible-child/#/?chapt=1 We will only cover Part 1 & Part 2 in class, so reading the full project is not necessary for the discussion.  This article is about a project done through the New York Times, which examines the life of a young girl, Dasani, living in one of New York’s homeless shelters with her parents […] Continue reading

Kayla, Amber, Wendy, Lindsey: Prison Reform

This article discusses Texas’ progressive shift from prisons to rehabs for non-violent offenders. Article found: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30275026   Article Discussion Questions What might be some positive or negative implications of closing prisons? For the prisons in Texas that are closed and ready to be sold, what are some ideas you have for how it could be … Continue reading Continue reading