|Course Number:||EDU 5515 C31|
|Instructor:||Ruth Durkee & Gerry Reymore|
|Location:||October 13 at Randolph Technical Center, all other dates at Vermont Technical College, Green Hall, Room 128, Randolph, VT|
|Dates and Times:||Five class sessions: August 1 & 16, September 22, October 13, and November 10, 2018 from 9 am - 4 pm|
|Credits:||3 Graduate Credits|
Note: Course payment or purchase order of $1,750, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form. Credit card payments can also be made online. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701.
This course will provide an in-depth examination of the state and federal laws and policies that impact Vermont’s career and technical education centers and how technical centers can create welcoming, safe and respectful learning environments for all students. The course will also cover foundational, legal, ethical, and safety issues inherent in career and technical education.
Federal Laws and Regulations covered will include: Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act, FERPA, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Carl Perkins legislation and the reauthorization process currently underway, and relevant federal employment laws.
State Laws and Regulations covered will include: Vermont’s Mandatory Reporting requirements for educators, Vermont’s Public Accommodations laws, Vermont laws pertaining to harassment and bullying in schools, Vermont statutes and State Board of Education Rules pertaining to Career and Technical Education, and relevant state employment laws.
Additional course topics will include: Investigating harassment and bullying complaints and maintaining adequate investigation documentation, ensuring gender equity in career and technical education, issues of social class and poverty and the academic achievement gap in career and technical education, issues of race in career and technical education, cultivating respectful school/technical program/classroom climates, continuous professional growth and learning.
The course will meet five times from 9 am to 4 pm. There will also be a series of assigned readings and written homework assignments between classes and a final project due at the end of the course.
You must request and receive instructor permission for any late work. Late work, regardless of reason, will result in a reduction of that assignment by a full letter grade.
Class Participation: 35%
Homework Assignments: 40%
Final Project: 25%
Ruth Durkee and Gerry Reymore have worked together for the past 13 years. Gerry taught the Environmental Resource Management Program at the Randolph Technical Career Center for 12 years, and is now the STEM Educator at the Central Vermont Career Center. Ruth is the Assessment, Dual Enrollment, and Post-Secondary Coordinator at the Central Vermont Career Center. Before that, she was the Assistant Director for Adult Education at the Randolph Technical Career Center.
Ruth received her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and Gerry earned a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. Before a life in career and technical education, Ruth was the Civil Rights Coordinator at the Vermont Department of Education and Gerry was Vice President of a major mapping and forestry consulting company in New England. Gerry and Ruth’s experiences in career and technical education have convinced them that it really does take a village to educate a child. They are committed to fostering a collegial and collaborative approach to developing and maintaining a rigorous, supportive learning environment for all students.
The Respectful School: How Educators and Students Can Conquer Hate and Harassment. Stephen Wessler and William Preble. 2003.
Queen Bees and Wannabes. Rosalind Wiseman. 2009 (Please note: 2009 edition, not 2002/2003 editions).
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson. 2000.
“Gender Equity in Career and Technical Education” by Lufkin, Liberg, et al. (Instructors will provide copies).
Articles on poverty, socioeconomic class, the student achievement gap, and professional ethics. (Instructors will provide copies).