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CEPS Program Newsletter #084– October 22, 2018

Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago
CEPS Students and Alumni,

I hope this note finds each of you enjoying Autumn. I am proud to share news of CEPS’ activity on many fronts: we have an active CEPS student reading group that meets next week, and are joined by Fulbright students from all around the globe joining us for our masters and doctoral programs. As you’ll see below, we have an upcoming CEPS lecture with Dr. Chris Higgins from the University of Illinois on Friday, November 2, and are at work planning our annual CEPS Policy Forum (Electoral and Educational Change? Education Policy at Local, State and National Levels) for Friday, January 25.

Please note that class registration for spring semester begins on November 1. A course listing follows below.

If you have items to share with the future newsletter, please send a brief description (title of event/available position/call for papers/etc.; relevant dates and times; name of contact person; website or url for more information) to me directly. In the interest of newsletter length, I ask that you edit these submissions to a maximum of 5-6 lines of text before sending them to me.

Best regards,

Kate Phillippo
Associate Professor and Program Chairperson, 2018-2019
CEPS Program Newsletter #084– October 22, 2018
Table of Contents:

1. Important Dates to Remember
2. Course offerings for Spring 2019
3. CEPS Reading Group
4. CEPS Lecture: “Humane Callings: Making a Place for True Vocational Development in the Modern Multiversity.”
5. CEPS Policy Forum

1. Michigan State University
2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A.1. Important Dates to Remember
November 1 – Registration for Spring 2019 semester begins
November 2 – Last Day to withdraw from courses for Fall 2018 semester without a penalty grade of “WF”
December 1 – Apply for Spring 2019 Degree Conferral at this link: https://www.luc.edu/regrec/graduation_diplomas.shtml#d.en.226188
All the information you need is on this page. Take the time to read and follow all directions as outlined.
Pay particular attention to the section beginning “Preparing for Graduation.” Make sure you complete all 6 steps in their entirety, then initiate the Apply for Graduation process in Locus. This process lets us know you intend to graduate in the Spring semester so we can include you in commencement preparation. (NOTE: Participation in the yearly May Commencement ceremony requires a separate registration AFTER you apply for degree conferral. Please follow directions for Commencement Registration which is sent in a separate email several months prior to the May ceremony.)
Comprehensive assessments include proctored, take-home, e-portfolios, portfolios, and/or final projects, etc. To find out if your program requires application, check the curriculum page (found on your program’s web pages) or your program handbook: https://www.luc.edu/education/resources/forms/
December 8 – Last Day of classes for Fall 2018
December 10-15 – Final Examination week (if applicable)
January 14 – First Day of Spring 2019 Semester

A.2. Course offerings for Spring 2019

ELPS 412 Sociological Analysis of Urban Education and Policy—Dr. Phillippo, Tuesdays 4:15-6:45 pm
ELPS 444 History of American Education—Dr. Sobe, Mondays 4:15-6:45 pm
ELPS 455 Comparative Education—Dr. Jules, Thursdays 4:15-6:45 pm
WSGS 497/ELPS 500: Feminist Pedagogy—Dr. Shuffelton, Wednesdays, 4:15-6:45 (Lake Shore Campus)
Classrooms are one important site where children and youth learn about gender. This class will explore what it might mean for educators to take a feminist stance on teaching and learning. “Feminist pedagogy” will explore ideas about the student/teacher relationship — or, more accurately, relationships, as not all feminists agree on what a feminist pedagogy entails. What kinds of student/teacher relationships can be called “feminist,” and on what grounds? In addition, it will explore the implications of feminist epistemologies for feminist pedagogy. If knowledge is situated, how should it be taught? In addition to these educational questions, the course will take up practical issues. How can feminist pedagogy be carried out by those of us dedicated to creating feminist classrooms for all our students?
ELPS 555 (Seminar in Comparative Education)—Dr. Sobe, Mondays 7-9:30 pm
Data-based decision making, empirical research and data-driven accountability systems are increasingly becoming the norm the world over. This seminar applies a critical lens to these developments with the goal of better understanding what consequences and implications quantification, “datafication”, algorithms, and analytics techniques sometimes referred to as “big data” have for schools, teachers, student and families. One premise of the course, warranting it being taught as a comparative education course, is that politics around data and evidence are not just restricted to national landscapes but are increasingly shaped through transnational networks and global interactions. The seminar will include a historical perspective on the rise of data in education and is suitable for graduate students from across the School of Education. Students will be expected to conduct an original research project as part of the course requirements.
ELPS 564/565 M.Ed. Internship in Domestic/International Education Policy—Brie Griffin

A.3. CEPS Reading Group
The CEPS Reading Group is currently reading “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!”: And 18 Other Myths about Teachers, Teachers Unions, and Public Education by William Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers. We will be reading chapters 11-18 in preparation for our final meeting. The book can be purchased on Amazon at this link.

Our final meeting of the semester will take place Thursday, November 1 at 7:30pm in Lewis Towers 1030. We hope everyone can make it! If you weren’t able to make the other meetings, you can still join in!

We hope to read the things that participants want to read, so if you have reading suggestions for next semester, please feel free to add them to this spreadsheet.

A.4. CEPS Lecture
Chris Higgins, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will be speaking Friday, November 2, at 4 pm. His talk is titled “Humane Callings: Making a Place for True Vocational Development in the Modern Multiversity.” Higgins is a philosopher of education whose current writing addresses the purposes of the university, ideal, actual and possible. This talk will be on Lakeshore Campus, in Crown Center 141.

A.5. CEPS Policy Forum
Please save the date for the upcoming CEPS Policy Forum: Electoral and Educational Change? Education Policy at Local, State and National Levels, which will take place on Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus (Galvin Auditorium) on January 25 at 3 pm.

1. The Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to work on a new national school choice center funded by a five-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). The National Center for Research on Education Access and Choice (REACH Center) will develop and carry out the next generation of research on how states and school districts may implement or revise their school choice programs and policies in ways that improve outcomes for disadvantaged students, including low-income, underrepresented minority, special education, and English Language Learner (ELL) students. For more about this project, see here: https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/education-policy-innovation-collaborative-to-launch-national-school-choice-research-center/. We are looking for a scholar who specializes in qualitative methodologies to work with Dr. Chris Torres in collaboration with Drs. Katharine Strunk and Josh Cowen on a project examining school choice policies in Michigan. More details on the position here:

2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: UNC at Chapel Hill invites applications for its post-doctoral program for faculty diversity. The application deadline is November 15, and there’s more information here: https://research.unc.edu/carolina-postdocs/.

This newsletter comes out every 2-3 weeks during the academic year. If you are an alumnus of or friend of the Cultural and Educational Policy Studies (CEPS) program in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago you may sign up to receive this newsletter at http://lists.luc.edu/listinfo/ceps-alumni
Submissions for inclusion in future Newsletters can be sent to Kate Phillippo at kphillippo@luc.edu