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Catherine Leahy-Brine Educational Consultants, Inc.
P.O. Box 1060
Brockton, Ma 02303
Phone 781-331-8826              Fax 781-337-6152

Course Descriptions

Critical Reading and Thinking Across The Curriculum
EDUC 8650
Today's society is constantly bombarded with information which is printed, spoken or pictured, not all of which is accurate or truthful. This course will help the teacher assist the student in evaluating information. Among the topics considered will be fact-opinion, false authority, valid and invalid argument, statistics, connotation inference and point of view of information services. Teachers will have the opportunity to construct materials for their own class in a workshop situation.

Equity Issues in Education
Equity in gender and other areas will be examined in relation to the five key areas of classroom disparity: instructional contact, grouping, classroom management, self-esteem and evaluation of student performance. Teachers are encouraged to examine their own biases, however unintentional, as demonstrated by their classroom practices. Teachers learn and are urged to practice ten research-based instructional strategies and various curriculum resources which aim to eliminate disparity in the classroom. A peer-coaching model is presented and practiced within the course. Theories are based on the work of Dolores Grayson, Mary Dahlberg Martin and others.

(The) Formation of A Persecuting Society: Europe 950-1250
The period 950 - 1250 witnessed a fundamental and irreversible change in Europe. A persecuting society formed that may be seen as the origin and forerunner of atrocities of the religious wars, the executions of the Reformation, even the Holocaust of the 20th century. The isolation, repression, exile and attempted extinction of Jews, heretics and lepers can be seen as aspects of one phenomenon involving a radical transformation in relation between authority and people. These events coupled with the establishment of the crusades and inquisitions demonstrate that heretics, Jews and Muslims owe their persecution not to the hatred of the people but to the decision of princes and Church prelates.

This course will examine the religious, sociological and political reasons for the structural formation of such a persecuting society. After a close examination of this period of history an attempt will be made to examine the connections of this period to later historical events of political and religious persecutions and in some cases genocide.

This course meets for a total of 37 hours of instructional contact time.

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