• Learning Education banner photo: Explore this page to learn about my experiences working with underprivileged sixth grade students in the Denver area!
  • On my "About Me" page, I introduced my public identity and focused on the importance of improving understanding and awareness about the impacts of systemic biases on individuals' life chances in society. A key set of artifacts that exemplifies one of the ways in which I deepend my commitment to this public identity comes from a service-learning course I took at DU, and the related activities that I pursued in the community. Specifically, this page details:

    • my work with an underprivileged class of sixth graders at a local elementary school
    • the policy brief that I wrote as a consequence of that work, identifying the costs of academic tracking
    • a related paper written for a course at DU on social movements, which focuses on movements surrounding children with special needs (i.e., autism) and movements to reform opportunities for them. 

     

    These two projects, in tandem, informed my outlook on policy and how it can directly alter the life paths of the youth in my community. Policy choices, at all levels of government and within pseudo-governmental institutions like school boards, are incredibly important to the opportunities and outcomes of children across the world. Through these projects, I fleshed out the ways in which these policies can and often do influence the pathways of children and how adult policymakers ought to weigh the needs of children against other policy considerations. These projects, therefore, linked directly to my public identity as a citizen dedicated to creating change and formalizing it via policy decisions because they provided concrete examples of the ways in which policy can directly influence opportunities and outcomes in the day-to-day lives of America's youth. 

  • In-class Lessons at Charles Hay World School

    The album below provides samples of the lessons that I created and conducted in a class of underprivileged sixth grade students at Charles Hay World School in Englewood, Colorado. These lessons demanded a lot from me as I had to devise creative ways to excite the students about their education and ensure that they were receiving the information that they needed to complete a rigorous writing project. I was exposed, for the first time, to students unlike me and was encouraged to understand their backgrounds in order to effectively teach them in a classroom setting (an envrionment in which most of these children had never felt comfortable). 

  • In-class Lessons
  • The Process of Creating a Policy Brief

    Below, you can find a number of documents that contributed to the creation of my final policy brief Thrown Off Track: The Undiscussed Detriments of Acadmic Tracking. This project was one of my first large-scale research projects and it allowed me to discover a passion for social justice that has continued to grow throughout my academic career, my teaching and service, and my research. 

  • Policy Brief Annotated Bibliography.pdf

  • Policy Brief Expert Interview.pdf

  • Thrown Off Track: A Policy Brief

    The file attached below is my final policy brief, a document discussing the detriments of academic tracking as it is practiced in most public schools across the country. This document is, to this day, one of the products of which I am most proud. It also helped to construct my identity as a citizen and initiate my desire to pursue social justice for those who need it the most. 

  • Thrown Off Track Policy Brief.pdf

  • Thrown Off Track Policy Brief Presentation

    The document embedded here is a presentation version of my academic tracking policy brief. This presentation encouraged me to link my findings in my policy brief to my own life (hence the childhood photos featured in the presentation) and devise a creative way to protray my findings, which I did by likening academic tracking to Chutes and Ladders.

    

  • Autism Speaks: A Strategy Report

    The following document is my final strategy report written with for a course with the intent of highlighting the efficacy of a particular social movement in using marketing and publicity strategies to mitigate systematic biases and prejudices against their population of interest. For this project, I proposed such strategies for Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization improving the wellbeing and increasing quality of life for individuals (particularly children) on the autism spectrum. This document expanded my view of policy-related interventions to include the increasingly important reality of social movements as instigators of crucial social change and allowed me to understand various strategies for doing so. My public identity was, therefore, enlarged to include civil action as a mechanism by which change can be achieved. 

  • Autism Speak Strategy Report.pdf

  • My education topics of interest:
    • Discrimination in educational practices
    • Academic tracking as policy
    • Educational opportunity and attainment
  • On this page:

      Documents from my time hosting writing lectures for sixth graders at Charles Hay World School (Englewood, Colorado)

      Documents of my research conducted on the topic of academic tracking, a research project that was inspired by my time spent at CHWS

      A final policy brief on the practice of and policies regarding academic tracking

      A presentation version of my academic tracking policy brief

      A strategy report produced to advise Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization working to mitigate the biases and prejudcies against individuals (specifically children) on the spectrum 

This portfolio last updated: 23-Apr-2018 9:58 PM