Course Description for Educating Urban Students with Diverse Learning Needs

EEX4794: Educating Urban Students with Diverse Learning Needs
This course considers the social, cultural, economic, and political factors that influence urban education. As examples, it explores the ways in which immigration, race, poverty, employment, housing, teenage pregnancy; substance abuse, shifting community demographics, and neighborhood violence have become inextricably entwined with urban education. It emphasizes the strengths and weaknesses of traditional classroom-based models as well as alternative community-based models. Some of the historical, recent, and emerging models that will be discussed rely on families, places of worship, and community organizations. This broad and eclectic course is designed for all college students, including those who never have enrolled in professional education courses.