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MSTC 4007 Urban and Multicultural Science Education

Students will explore the intersections of policy, science, and society and the impact these have on standard K-12 urban science curriculum and multicultural teaching practices. Drawing from scholarship in policy, curriculum, and teaching, this course explores major issues faced in urban science education, including: (1) the issue of resources (physical, human, and social) in urban schools and how urban science education programs might draw from local resources in meeting the needs of urban learners; (2) the issue of what roles might teachers, administrators, policy makers, and curriculum writers play in the design and implementation of empowering curricular and pedagogical practices in urban science classrooms; and (3) the issue of multicultural science education in terms of both content and pedagogy. This course challenges commonly used practices where multiculturalism is often taught as one distinct and often separate component of the science curriculum.

Instructor: C. Emdin

Offered: Fall


MSTM 4005 Teaching Mathematics in Diverse Cultures

Course Instructor: Alexander Karp, Stuart Weinberg

Course Description: Principles, techniques, and issues in the teaching of mathematics in other cultural and national settings. Study tour of schools and institutions in various nations.


MSTU 5009 & 5010 Youth, Media and Educational Justice

This course highlights the ways in which critical, digital, visual, and other literacies can provide positive social and academic experiences for vulnerable youth. A significant percentage of young people in urban schools and beyond are tethered to juvenile justice or child welfare systems. The realities of these youth pose particular challenges for teachers and practitioners who regularly work with them; notwithstanding that as members of a digital age, these youth consume and produce media at astounding rates and are highly literate in new technologies, popular culture, and social media. Educators who work with youth face critical questions about how to use multiliteracies in their classrooms and how this approach can shape their educational practice. Course texts will be drawn from various areas of inquiry – the arts, media studies, education, philosophy, anthropology, literature, sociology, law, and literacy studies.

Instructor(s): Teaching team consists of various instructors headed by Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz and Lalitha Vasudevan

MSTM 5020 Mathematics and Multicultural Education
Survey of mathematical topics and methods appropriate for multicultural and bilingual programs.
Instructor: Erica Walker