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Urban Education and Poverty

EDUC 369
Richmond, VA
Prof. Haley Sigler

In this course, students explore pedagogy, curriculum, and social issues related to urban education by working in schools in the Richmond area for three weeks. Students read about and discuss the broader social and economic forces, particularly poverty, that have shaped urban schools and the ramifications of those forces for school design. The Richmond schools provide the opportunity to observe critical components of teaching and learning in the urban classroom. Housing is provided with alumni during the week. Students return to Lexington for Friday seminars and for the fourth week of the term for seminars and discussion.


Our Blogger: Alison Masson

Alison Masson is a first-year politics major with education and poverty studies minors from Sussex, New Jersey. Since coming to W&L last fall, she has been involved in the Bonner program, serving on the Bonner leadership team and as a Bonner congress representative, and volunteering with Rockbridge Reads, ESOL and Campus Kitchen. She also sings in Cantatrici and serves on the leadership team for Catholic Campus Ministry.

“Urban Education and Poverty combines two of my primary academic interests – poverty studies and education. I hope that this class will help me to diversify my exposure to and understanding of education by observing and working in the classroom in a more urban setting than I have experienced here in Lexington and growing up in New Jersey.”

  • Class Year: 2018
  • Major: Politics
  • Minors: Education, Poverty
  • Hometown: Sussex, NJ
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