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ED235 – Civil Rights in the U.S. Public Schools

Civil Rights in the U.S. Public Schools provides an introduction to multicultural education and critical pedagogy along with the sociopolitical issues surrounding the multicultural context of U.S. schools today.

Instructor(s)

Assistant Professor Kristina Valtierra email

This course provides an introduction to multicultural education and critical pedagogy along with the sociopolitical issues surrounding the multicultural context of U.S. schools today. The course begins with the examination of culture as a framework through which our identities are shaped. Students will be prompted to examine culture through films, their participation in a school setting and engagement with community activist organizations that represent civil rights in education. Through these experiences, students will critically examine the micro cultures represented in schools, including: socio-economic class, ethnicity and race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, language, ability, age - to mention a few. In addition, the acculturation process will be examined, in particular the act of schooling as acculturation. Finally, students will develop a Project for Change advocating for multicultural critical pedagogies for youth in the Colorado Springs community.