How your work will be evaluated, with individual scores on Moodle:
Post-class exercises: 10 online assignments worth 2 points each = 20 points
scoring: satisfactory (2), unsatisfactory or one-day late (1), or zero
Essay 1: housing barriers over time, blind-review by instructor = 20 points
Essay 2: source entry for ConnecticutHistory.org, instructor & editors = 10 points
Essay 3: magnet schools & achievement op-ed, blind-review by instructor = 20 points
Essay 4: web-essay on any CSS-related topic, guest evaluator avg score = 25 points
Peer evaluation of overall contribution to the seminar, on scale of 0 to 5 = 5 points
TOTAL = 100 points
Extra credit: Substantial revisions to any essay, due 1 week after is essay returned by instructor, worth up to 2 points (with greater weight for revisions beyond the comments)
In this course, outstanding work (90-100%) earns an A, good work (80-89%) earns a B, adequate work (70-79%) earns a C, and unsatisfactory work (69% or below) earns D/F.
Overdue essay assignments will be penalized 10% for every 12-hour period beyond the deadline, with exceptions granted only for documented medical or family emergencies.
Please notify the instructor before the 2nd week of the course if you require any special accommodations (such as religious observances, learning disabilities, etc.).
How to succeed in this seminar:
Your classmates and I expect your regular and prompt attendance at every session, since we rely upon our collective efforts in this team-based seminar.
Keep a calendar to manage your time and stay ahead of deadlines for all classes and obligations. (I use Google Calendar, synced between my computer & mobile device.)
If an illness or family emergency interferes with attending class, immediately inform your instructors and inquire about how to compensate for what you have missed.
Make time to talk outside of class with your classmates and me. Email is the best way to ask me a quick question; schedule appointments for longer discussions.