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221.62 sec. 001 - Structural Change in Public Education Simulation Course (Fall 2018)

Instructor: Kristen L. Holmquist  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2

    Course End: November 30, 2018

    Enrollment info:
    Enrolled: 2
    Waitlisted: 0
    Enroll Limit: 2
    As of: 06/11 02:26 PM

    This course is one part of a three-part immersive semester in education law and policy taught at Columbia Law School, through its Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL).

    The United States is in the midst of a massive restructuring of public-sector service delivery and regulation, particularly as they relate to the governance and management of its public schools. Staffed by broadly interdisciplinary teams of accomplished professionals, the most successful of the new federal, state, and local education organizations are replacing decades-old public bureaucracies and interest group politics with "learning organizations" committed to using public problem solving techniques to accelerate adult and institutional, as well student learning.

    This Simulation Course and its related Seminar and Field Work brings Berkeley Law students together with upper-level graduate students in law, business, education, and policy from Columbia Harvard, Michigan, NYU, Penn, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Yale, and other universities for a FULL SEMESTER OF INTENSIVE ENGAGEMENT with each other around transformational change in public education. 13 UNITS OF CREDIT ARE AWARDED. Participants in the program take part in a rigorous and rewarding learning experience, including:

    (i) An engaging interdisciplinary seminar in the design, regulation, governance, democratic accountability, and transformation of K-12 school systems and allied public- and social-sector organizations;
    (ii) Comprehensive skills training in team-based problem solving, managing multidimensional (legal, operational, etc.) projects to specified outcomes in complex environments, client counseling, and effective communication; and
    (iii) A high-priority project designing and implementing legal and policy solutions to a complex problem at the core of a client public- or social-sector organizations mission to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of children.

    The Program Offers
    *Intensive experiential learning on interdisciplinary teams and cutting-edge projects
    * Deep engagement in public education improvement strategies and debates
    * Panels and field trips interacting with prominent education leaders
    * 1:1 mentoring, K-12 education career support, and networking opportunities
    * Merit scholarships for exceptional students
    * Challenging, fun, and meaningful work helping to improve kids learning and lives

    Admission to the course is competitive by application. In the 2018-18 school year, there will be space for only two Berkeley Law students. Interested students should: 1. Meet with both Student Services and Sue Schechter in Field Placements; and 2. Submit a resume, unofficial transcript, and written responses to two application prompts via CPRL's online application located on the CPRL website.

    Applications are due by 2pm Pacific time on Monday, April 16th. After initial review of application materials, CPRL will invite students to interview, as applicable. Students will be notified of admissions decisions no later than Friday, April 20th.

    If you would like to be considered for a CPRL Scholar Award (described at the website), please submit the optional tuition award application also found on CPRL's website.

    For more information, including a course FAQ, names of Columbia Law students who have taken the previous version of the course, or lists of past projects in which students have engaged in the Course, please email

    We will hold an information session on Tuesday, April 11 at 12:45pm in room 130.

    Open to 3L students only.

    Exam Notes: (None) This course has no final (no exam, no paper, no trial or arguements).
    This is a credit only course
    Course Category: Field Placements
    This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
    Public Law and Policy
    Simulation Courses
    Social Justice and Public Interest

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