This course website is intended to give students and others access to a wide range of course information and materials. The design of the site is based on a course website and the work of the Carnegie Knowledge Media Lab.

This course has three primary goals:

• Inform students about some of the key issues and debates in school improvement and reform.

• Build their knowledge of the challenges, opportunities, and strategies for school reform in practice.

• Develop their capacity to contribute productively to reform efforts in a variety of educational contexts.

To achieve these goals, the course is designed in two sections – a general introduction to some of the key issues and concerns in past and current school improvement efforts and an examination of some of the main aspects of school design.

Throughout the course, students will have opportunities to build their skills in analyzing and critiquing school reform efforts, to familiarize themselves with the kinds of information and resources available to support reform efforts, and to develop their own perspectives and approaches to school reform. The primary written products for the course include a personal letter describing the “ideal” school, a critique of a reform effort, a group project that proposes a design for a new school or redesign of an existing school in the New York City area (or in other areas with the permission of the instructor), and a reflection on the project and the course.

The course is intended for students from a range of backgrounds and interests including those who have or would like to understand and participate in reform efforts as teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, or as members of reform organizations.

All readings are available on electronic course reserves, but buying Tyack & Cuban’s Tinkering toward Utopia (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press) from any bookstore or online outlet is highly recommended.

Thomas Hatch
411 Main Hall
Office Hours: Tues. 2:00-3:00, Wed. 2:30-4:30 and by appt.

Fall 2008
C&T 4004: School Change
Thomas Hatch, Teachers College


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