May 4, 2007


Summer 2007 Disability Courses
For community professionals and University students

Offered through the Institute on Community Integration and the Department of Educational Policy and Administration, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Disability Policy & Services (EdPA 5356, 3 cr) June 11-22, 8a.m.-noon (M-F) This course will examine current policy, research, and practices related to services that support individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. The course will engage students with leading researchers and experts, emphasizing policy development and implementation, and collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to services. It will especially focus on individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in life domains such as education, employment, health, recreation, community living, and family supports. The course is the core course for the Certificate in Disability Policy and Services, a 12-credit interdisciplinary program studying services and supports for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Person-Centered Thinking & Planning for Persons with Disabilities (EdPA 5080, 3 cr, CEUs available) July 9-20, 8 a.m.-­noon (M-F) This course will draw on the expertise of University faculty and researchers, as well as individuals with disabilities, family members, and community professionals, to provide an overview of person-centered thinking and planning for persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. It will include a focus on the evolution of person-centered thinking, and in-depth examination of contemporary applications. Among topics discussed are self-determination, community inclusion, self-advocacy, rights/choice, person-centeredness, dignity/respect, cultural sensitivity, and collaboration.

For further information about course content, or the College's Certificate in Disability Policy and Services, contact Marijo McBride at the Institute on Community Integration, 612/624-6830 or For summer class registration information, contact the College's Office of Student and Professional Services at 612/625-6501 or Information about CEUs is available from Continuing Professional Studies at 612/625-5060 or General information is also online at


CI 8150: Culture and Teaching Colloquium: Theorizing Culture and Teaching
Primary Instructor: Bic Ngo
Fall 2007; Wednesdays, 1:25-4:05pm: 3 Credits
Course Description
The Culture and Teaching doctoral track addresses teaching, learning, and curriculum in social and cultural contexts. The program affirms that education is influenced by social, cultural, political, and economic formations and structures. The study of education cannot neglect the interconnections between experiences and practices in homes and communities—at local, national, and global levels—and experiences and practices in schools and classrooms. The track also assumes that educators’ and learners’ identities and experiences profoundly impact teaching, learning, and learning to teach.

The colloquium will explore interdisciplinary perspectives on a theme central to the cultural study of teaching and learning such as urban education, social theories of knowledge, race, media and education. All four faculty (Ngo, Sato, Swiss, Lensmire) in Culture and Teaching will share in the coordination and teaching of the colloquium using a team teaching approach.

In Fall 2007, the theme for the Colloquium will be Theorizing Culture and Teaching. The purpose of this seminar is to provide an introduction to some of the theories and theorists that have been influential in thinking and theorizing about culture and teaching. The CaT faculty will lead seminar participants in the exploration of theories/theorists that have informed our thinking/researching/writing about education, youth and families. We will read primary texts of theorists such as Anzaldua, Bakhtin, Barthes, and Godamer. We will then examine educational research that has drawn on these theories.

Course Goals
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
• Understand some part of the rich history of theories that have informed the way we think about culture and teaching.
• Evaluate diverse approaches to thinking and writing about theories in research on culture and teaching.
• Identify relationships between the multiple facets of the theories that have influenced research on culture and teaching.
• Develop theories of/approaches to researching or teaching about theorizing culture and teaching.

For more information, contact Bic Ngo at

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