Application Of The Doctoral Program Curriculum And Instruction

903 Words Dec 6th, 2016 4 Pages
I am applying to the doctoral program Curriculum and Instruction in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, in order to understand and conduct research on the policies and practices that create educational inequalities and that hold the promise of quality education for all children. More specifically, I am interested in the role of organizing in the struggle of educational equity, with particular focus on whether organizing can mitigate the negative impact of federal, state and district policies on urban school districts; models of full service school, that effectively address the social and emotional challenges of young people in our cities; and the relationships among multicultural curriculum, racial identity development and school achievement. I have been an English teacher for Boston Public Schools since 2002. During that time, I have worked for McKinley Middle School which served students with emotional and behavioral disorders; Young Achievers Math and Science Pilot K-8; and Madison Park High School, the only technical and vocational school in Boston. What I found at each of these school was a school culture that did not always promote academic success. McKinley Middle School and Madison Park High School were not regarded as good schools and the students knew this. This had an effect on how they perceived themselves and the culture of the schools. I remember one student saying, “Ms. this isn’t the O’Bryant. This is Madison” when I was assigning work. The…

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