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2021 Education Policy Practicum

Spring 2021
Wednesdays, 8:30am – 11:30am ET

Instructor: Robert Balfanz, 410-516-4272, rbalfanz@jhu.edu

Course Description: : In this class students will examine how state and federal education policy is made through an exploration of contemporary educational issues and current educational policy debates and actors.  The class is organized from the perspective of education policy practitioners.

Course Syllabus: Please follow this link for a PDF of the course syllabus


What Do We Do Now? Educational Policy Making from NCLB to the COVID-19 Moment

Jan 27 — From NCLB to the COVID-19 Moment, Part 1
Intro to ourselves, intro to course and its themes, (1) 20 years of Ed Policy in 50 minutes.  

In-Class Materials

Feb 3 — From NCLB to the COVID-19 Moment, Part 2

Readings:

Feb 10 — Follow the Evidence — The Bumpy History of Evidence Based Policy Making

Readings

In-Class Materials

Assignments

  • Policy Post-Mortem — Team 3 & Team 5 present
Feb 17 — Follow the Money — Educational Resources, Inequality, and Student Outcomes

Readings

In-Class Materials

Assignments

  • Policy Post Mortem — Team 2 & Team 6
Feb 24 — What Happened to the Common Core? And the Rise of the Whole Child

Readings

In-Class Materials

Assignments

  • Policy Post Mortem — Team 1 & Team 4
March 3 — Building Pathways to Adult Success-College and Career Readiness

Readings

In-Class Assignment

Assignments

  • Policy Post-Mortem — Team 7 & Team 8
  • Preview Op-ed assignment
March 10 — The Elephant in the Room: Structural Racism and Policy for Who?

Readings

Assignments

  • Op-Ed’s — Group 1
March 17 — Ed Policy Players-Lawmakers and Regulators: Dept of Education and Congress

Readings

Assignments

  • Op-eds — Group 2
March 24 — Ed Policy Players-Influencers: Think Tanks, Membership Organizations, Foundations, and Policy Advocates

Readings

Assignments

  • Op-eds — Group 3
March 31 — Ed Policy Players: State and Local Actors: Governors, Mayors, State Dept of Ed, School Boards and District Leaders

Readings

Assignments

  • Op-eds — Group 4
April 7 — Ed Policy Players; Outsiders-Courts and Grassroots organizations

Readings

Assignments

• Draft Policy Briefs and Presentations — Group 1

April 21 — Ed Policy Players: Voices of the Moment: Teachers and Students

Readings

  • TBD

Assignments

  • Draft Policy Briefs and Presentations — Group 2
April 28 — What do we do now: From NCLB to the COVID-19 Moment — Part 1

Assignments

  • Draft Policy Briefs and Presentations — Group 3
May 5 — What do we do now: From NCLB to the COVID-19 Moment — Part 2

Assignments

  • Draft Policy Briefs and Presentations — Group 4