Training for teachers in three programs: Project Citizen, Primary VOICE/VOICE, and We the People
CIG 600, 1 credit — Spring 2007
"Preparing Professionals for Changing Educational Contexts"
Department of Curriculum and Instruction in Coordination with Educational Outreach
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Instructor of Record: Christy Keeler, Ph.D. (Homepage: http://coe.nevada.edu/ckeeler; Video Conference: Christy Keeler at AIM; Telephone: 702.895.4982; Office: UNLV CEB 343)
Training Coordinators: Marcia Stribling-Ellis, M.S. with the Nevada State Bar Association (702.317.1408 - work; 702.385.2878 - fax) and Laurel Dodge, 5th Grade Teacher at Bruner Elementary School
Location: UNLV BDC 119 (March 24) and UNLV CEB 142 (March 31)
Time: Saturday, March 24 and 31, 2007 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Course Webpage: http://coe.nevada.edu/ckeeler/Educating Citizens/
Prerequisites: Declared Education Major or Bachelor's Degree
Read before the first day of class:
Center for Professional Development and Services (2003). School safety. Phi Delta Kappa Topics and Trends, 3(6), EdResults, Inc.
Cockrel, J. (1997). Introduction to public policy education. University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
DeVoe, J., Peter, K., Noonan, M., Snyder, T., Baum, K. (2005). Indicators of school crime and safety: 2005. Institute of Education Sciences, NCES 2006001. (Read only the Executive Summary.)
United States constitution.
Other required readings:
Atherton, H. M. (2000). We the people... project citizen. In Education for civic engagement in democracy: service learning and other promising practices, eds. Mann, S. and Patrick, J., pp. 93-102. (Read pp. 100-109 of the PDF version.)
Soule, S. (2005). Voting and political participation of the we the people: the citizen and the constitution alumni in the 2004 election. Center for Civic Education. (Click here for p. 4)
The purpose of this course is to introduce teachers to three curricular programs (Project Citizen, Primary VOICE/VOICE, and We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution) available for use in elementary and secondary public schools. Students will relate these programs to pedagogical standards identified by the National Council for the Social Studies and relate the importance of research-based perspectives when delivering citizenship instruction. Descriptions of individual curricular programs and objectives as well as the course logistics appear below.
Students must attend all course sessions to receive a passing grade in this course.
Course grades are based on percentage of points earned. Below is a listing of points needed to receive the following final grades:
Late Assignments: Unless students procure prior permission from the instructor, a 10-20% penalty per day will occur for work turned in past noon PST on its due date.
Revisions: With prior permission from the instructor, students may edit graded work for re-evaluation. The final grade for the assignment will be the average between the original and edited works.
Attendance and Absence Policy
Attendance and active participation in all classes is required. Students must contact the instructor in case of illness, emergencies, or other events that preclude attending class meetings, fully participating in class activities, or completing assignments on time. Students making prior arrangements with the instructor may be permitted to drop the class without receiving a failing grade. Leave email or phone messages any time of the day or night.
College and University Policies
Assistance for Disability in Learning
The UNLV Disability Resource Center (DRC) houses the resources for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, you will need to contact the DRC for the coordination of services. The DRC is located in the Student Services Complex (SSC), Room 137. Their numbers are (702) 895-0866/Voice, (702) 895-0652/TDD, and (702) 895-0651/Fax. For additional information, please visit http://www.unlv.edu/studentlife/drc.
UNLV and its College of Education demand a high level of scholarly behavior and academic honesty on the part of students and faculty. Violations by students while carrying out academic assignments and procedural steps for dealing with academic integrity are delineated within the Handbook of Regulation Governing Probation and Suspension within the College of Education. This publication is available in the Curriculum and Materials Library (CEB 101), the Curriculum and Instruction Department Office (CEB 345), and the Office of the College of Education Dean (CEB 301).
NB: Sometimes subject matter of classes overlap and assignments can meet requirements for multiple classes. If this is the case, standards of academic honesty require that you inform your instructors of your intentions and get approval before pursuing the assignments.
The University requires all members of the university community to familiarize themselves with its policies and to follow copyright and fair use requirements. You are individually and solely responsible for violations of copyright and fair use laws. The University will neither protect nor defend you nor assume any responsibility for employee or student violations of fair use laws. Violations of copyright law could subject you to federal and state civil penalties and criminal liability as well as disciplinary action under University policies. To familiarize yourself with copyright and fair use policies, the University encourages you to visit its copyright website at http://www.unlv.edu/committees/copyright.
Professional Ethics and Program Expectations
In addition to successful academic performance in your course work, you must prescribe to a professional course governed by a standard code of ethics and programmatic expectations. The Handbook of the Committee to Review Initial Licensure of Students outlines the UNLV Student Code of Conduct, NEA Code of Ethics for the Teaching Profession, and ICE Student Expectations. The Handbook is available in the Curriculum and Instruction office (CEB 354). Misdemeanor or felonious conviction(s) may bar teacher licensure in Nevada or other states. If you have any questions, please direct them to the Director of Teacher Education, CEB 301, (702) 895-4851.
© 2007 Christy Keeler, Ph.D.