Student Web-Essays

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Rather than typing a traditional final paper to be read only by their professor, students in the Cities Suburbs and Schools seminar compose web-essays, which blend textual narrative and digital evidence for a public audience that includes invited guest evaluators. All readers are encouraged to comment, especially in response to our criteria:

  1. Does the web-essay present a compelling argument or story about a significant aspect of cities, suburbs, and schools? Does it inspire the reader to think in new ways?
  2. Are the claims supported with appropriate evidence and is the reasoning well developed? Is counter-evidence fully considered?
  3. Does it make effective use of web-essay format by integrating narrative text with appropriate digital elements (such as maps, charts, photos, videos, links)?
  4. Is the web-essay organized and well written?
  5. Does it include sufficient background for audiences unfamiliar with the topic?
  6. Does it cite all sources in an appropriate format that future readers may find?

Fall 2012 seminar web-essays:
Guest evaluators: Wesleyan students from SOCL 419: Education Policy in the US 

Fall 2011 seminar web-essays:
Guest evaluators: Claudia Dresser ’10 and Devlin Hughes ’09

Desegregated Schools within Segregated Classrooms: The Reality of Racialized Tracking at Magnet Schools, by Pornpat Pootinath and Nathan Walsh

Housing in Greater Hartford: Does it Affect Education?, by Booker Evans and Carlos Velazquez

A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents: School Choice Shouldn’t be this Complicated, by Ashley Ardinger and Courtney Chaloff

The Sheff Shift: Where Does Higher Student Achievement Fit into the Sheff v. O’Neill Remedy?, by Shanese Caton

Is Open Choice an Effective Program in Providing an Equal Educational Opportunity to Hartford Students?, by Bryan Garrett-Farb

The Middle Ground between Voluntary and Mandatory Desegregation, by Karina Torres

How the No Child Left Behind Act Widened Achievement Gaps in the Greater Hartford Region, by Daniel Luke

Prospect Ave, A Game of Inches: Educational Opportunity Between Hartford and West Hartford, by Bobby Moore Jr.

School Choice: The Child’s Perspective on High School Education, by Jessica Schlundt and Louise Balsmeyer

To Bus or Not to Bus? The Choice of a Hartford Student, by Hannah Malenfant and Candace Baker

Success within Segregation: Jumoke Academy Exposes the Limits of Integration as an Educational Benchmark, by Fionnuala Darby Hudgens and Mary Morr

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