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:
- 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?
- Are the claims supported with appropriate evidence and is the reasoning well developed? Is counter-evidence fully considered?
- Does it make effective use of web-essay format by integrating narrative text with appropriate digital elements (such as maps, charts, photos, videos, links)?
- Is the web-essay organized and well written?
- Does it include sufficient background for audiences unfamiliar with the topic?
- 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
- Are All Magnet Schools Created Equal? Brigit Rioual, Nicole Sagullo
- Does buying a home also buy you entrance into a school? Kerry McCarthy
- Hartford: the Poster Child for Portfolio-Based School Reform By Genevieve Uslander and Hollyn Cote
- Is There Hope for Hartford? The Inclusive Zoning Policy of Montgomery County Has Had Dramatic Impacts on the Educational System Amanda Gurren and Mary Daly
- School Desegregation in Hartford: Insight from a Florida Girl R. M. Benjamin
- The Missing Link: The Connection between Housing and School Policy in the Sheff v. O’Neill Case Victoria Smith Ellison
- What’s Space Got to Do With it? How School Environment Influences Learning Jorell Diaz and Pauline Lake
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 Middle Ground between Voluntary and Mandatory Desegregation, by Karina Torres
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