The social context of urban communities is tied to the success of urban schools. This course will analyze the connection between urban schools and communities and provide strategies for working with families and community stakeholders to advocate for children and improve educational outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
This course is designed to allow students to examine the connection between urban schools and communities in order to understand how issues and features of the community contribute to educational outcomes.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:
- Apply Biblical principles to discussions of community issues and community partnerships in schools.
- Discuss the role of teachers as collaborative partners with families and members of the community.
- Research a community issue and discuss how that issue may impact local schools and students.
- Examine the impact that trauma can have on students’ ability to learn and manage behaviors.
- Design a partnership between an urban school and a community organization.
- Develop a communication plan for teachers to use with parents in diverse classrooms.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Candidate Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words, include at least 2 scholarly citations and 1 scriptural reference in current APA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 1 classmate's thread. Each reply must be at least 100 words. (MLO: A, B)
Case Study Analyses (4)
The candidate will write a 400-500 word analysis of a case study that includes the key issues identified in the case study, an action plan for addressing the key issues, and a rationale for the action plan. Each analysis should be written in APA format, and should include at least one scholarly resource in addition to the textbook. (MLO: B, F)
Community Issue Paper
The candidate will write a 3-5 page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a major issue facing some urban communities. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the Bible. (MLO: A, C)
Trauma Informed Teaching Presentation
The candidate will create a PowerPoint presentation that focuses on the impact of trauma among children and adolescents. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. (MLO: A, D)
Community Partnership Plan
The candidate will write a 3-5 page research-based paper in current APA format that outlines a plan for a partnership between the community organization and an urban school. The paper must include at least 3 references in addition to the Bible. (MLO: A, E)
Communication Plan Presentation
The candidate will create a 20 slide PowerPoint presentation that outlines a communication plan for teachers in urban schools. The presentation must include at least 5 references. (MLO: A, F)