Philosophy of Education

This course explores central topics in philosophy of education. These include, among others, the aims of education, educational justice, educational politics and policy, democratic education, the ethics of special education, the ethics of curriculum development and adoption, teacher autonomy, and the ethics of school punishment. Throughout the semester students will read seminal texts in philosophy of education, interpret and examine them in depth, evaluate philosophical arguments, and explore the connections of these texts to current issues in education policy and practice. Students will also learn about and analyze enduring debates in the field. By the end of the semester students will be able to refine their educational ideas, express their ideas clearly, identify underlying assumptions that guide education policy and practice, assess the moral stakes of educational decision-making, and apply what they have learned to school-based scenarios.

Educational Equity Professional Development Series

This series of asynchronous courses provides high quality training in diversity, equity, and inclusivity to school district employees. The courses offered cover an array of topics including, among others, the foundations of educational equity, the historical context or race in education, systemic oppression, implicit bias and micro-aggressions, and culturally responsive practices. Participants may select from a variety of courses, some that are generalized and target participants with different levels of expertise and others that are specialized and customized to meet the needs of employees based on their professional role in the district. Through the courses included in this professional development series, participants gain important foundational knowledge on educational equity, have opportunities to reflect on their newly acquired knowledge, and practice applying it to their professional contexts.