Education Law, Policy and Finance
I wanted to tackle a complicated topic. One that I believed in deeply. And I wanted to argue my point using a wealth of scientific data and the law to support my argument. This would be my first paper to specifically tackle transgender rights head on. As this current case study shows I had experience and my law class allowed me the opportunity to directly apply my experience and passion to a paper that would serve to further make change where change is needed.
Education as an Advanced Field of Study
My first signature assignment in the program... and it was almost an abysmal failure. Though if one got points for attempts I would have garnered an A+++++. I never gave up. And today you will see that the audio that is supposed to accompany my presentation (see below) is completely missing--and I have no idea where it went!
But you should know, I could have picked any topic, however I chose to look at the importance of reading and writing and how the lack of these skills has a direct correlation to underprepared students entering college. My first exploration of a social justice issue.
And for those of you curious about the excluded audio... the document below is the companion narrative!
Culture, Equity, Power and Influence
In a class like this... where does Social justice begin or end? You are immersed in it at every level from the deeply internal and personal to the global and expansive. This one leaves a mark. And it is indelible.
The following assignment is a workshop designed within this course. It addresses bullying which targets any individual or group of individuals for a perceived or real difference, and all to often to the point of death.
The Demographics of Higher Education
This was a toughie. Statistics do not make for good reading material. I consider them to be a necessary evil to good research, but as a general rule, if you are reading for anything other than necessity I would recommend the service manual for your latest appliance purchase first.
But don't despair! Very quickly the demographics move from mind numbing charts ... and the good stuff comes rolling in and it is filled with a richness and depth that may not be possible without all of those boring numbers to bolster them up. Indeed, without this course I could never have come up with the below paper which uses such data to support a better transition for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) students from high school throughout their college years.
How People Learn
A most fascinating course. Truly. Learning about how people learn. Highly recommended. I'm sharing this assignment because I tackled an interesting topic. As the stereotype goes... "you can't teach an old dog new tricks". I wanted to prove it wrong. So I built a case study (Click the banner below to visit it) around an older adult, one who is a self-confessed technology enemy, who taught himself to type using an online program. I wanted to prove that you can learn... at any age... if you put your mind to it!
Grant & Report Writing
This was not a required course, but rather an extra that I had to request. And it was well worth it. I was able to team up with some extraordinary classmates and together we put together a grant proposal for the Boys and Girls Club of America (which may someday soon have to become the Youth Club of America, but that is another conversation entirely), and the Roots of Bullying workshop you viewed above was the impetus for that proposal!