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BEEP 4384

Literacy Methods for ESL/Bilingual Classrooms

The rationale and implementation of various instructional methods for English language learners will be discussed. Examination of language instruction for students at different stages of development. Sheltered English instruction for the teaching of content areas will also be presented. Students will be assigned to a special language program to examine methods of instruction and modifications for language minority children.

Service-Learning Project: Putting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Appropriate Practices into the ‘Learning Zone’

The Arlington Public Library (APL) has experienced an increase in the number of public school students they serve in their ‘Learning Zone,’ a program that aims to provide one-to-one academic support for students in first, second and third grades. The students who attend this program are primarily non-native English speakers (i.e., Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese) whose parents are not proficient enough in English to help them with homework and school-related tasks. Because the shortage of volunteers they have, their program is currently providing these services in groups instead.

This service learning project will thus provide the manpower the APL needs to not only serve the number of students currently enrolled in the program, but to provide one-to-one support for these culturally and linguistically diverse children. Because all the pre-service teachers enrolled in BEEP 4384 are bilingual, there will be opportunities for these children to get academic support in their native language as well. Students will devote at least two hours per week each to volunteer in their program in addition to the time required to prepare for these sessions. As part of this service learning project, we will also identify effective practices currently in place in the ‘Learning Zone’ program, and provide suggestions for making the project better for the community, the parents and the actual children who participate in it.

LIST 4374

Literacy Learning in the Elementary School: Literature and Language

This is an undergraduate course that focuses upon children’s literature. Prospective teachers engage in reading, writing, and discussion to become familiar with quality literature for children as well as sound ways to share literature with children in classrooms.

Course Instructor

Dr. Kathleen Tice

Dr. Kathleen Tice
Kathleen Tice worked as a classroom teacher in the inner city of Houston ISD. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin […]

EDAD 5388

Education Policy Issues in the Public Schools

This course is designed to be an introduction to education policy issues in the U.S. public schools at the K-16 education levels, emphasizing the policies and institutions that affect educational leaders most directly. This course is critical in nature, meaning that issues such as race, class, gender, privilege, equity principles and social justice will be discussed throughout the semester.

While certain concepts and topics may create discomfort, tension, and/or challenge us, the purpose of the readings and the goal of the course requirements are to interrogate the impact of education policy on diverse populations.

Service Learning Project

Many education and social policies (e.g. No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™), Title I, Top Ten Percent Plan, etc.) are often developed and implemented with limited input from various stakeholders (e.g. educational leaders, teachers, students, families, etc.).  The purpose of this service learning project is to provide graduate students, who are aspiring K-12 and higher education leaders with opportunities to learn about educational and community leaders experiences with an educational or social policy and generate useful resources related to a policy influencing the leaders professional work. Therefore, graduate students will partner with a leader from an educational institution or community organization in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex to accomplish the following goals:  

  1. Conduct an interview with an educational or community leader to learn about the ways in which an education or social policy shapes the leadership, teaching and learning capacities of her/his institution or organization.
  2. Develop a policy memo with details about a policy that: a) the education or community leader is interested in learning more about and/or b) is influencing his/her work at the institution or community agency/ organization.

EDML 4370

Social Studies and Diversity in the Middle Level Grades

Examination of materials, methods, content, and assessment learning experiences associated with middle level social studies. Content areas include history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture, science, technology, and society. Opportunities to demonstrate application of current researched-based theory in a service-learning experience.

Service-Learning Project

Dr. Martin will collaborate with her Community Partner (Junior Achievement). Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that creates curriculum materials on economics and entrepreneurship. Junior Achievement needs volunteers to teach their curriculum in the local schools. The local schools need volunteers to teach the Junior Achievement curriculum. In EDML 4370 (Social studies and diversity in the middle level), The University of Texas at Arlington middle level students learn about lesson planning, the middle level teacher education students need an opportunity to teach social studies lesson in the local schools, and they need an opportunity to reflect upon their service-learning experience. This service-learning project provides benefits to The University of Texas at Arlington middle level teacher education students, Junior Achievement, and the local schools.

Teams and responsibilities: Dr. Martin will collaborate with her Community Partner (Junior Achievement) to provide the middle level teacher education students the opportunity to teach a social studies lessons to middle level social studies students.

Course Instructor


EDUC 5368

Capstone Research Course

This course supports practical implementation of student-driven research projects, addressing practical components of research process: data collection, data analysis, preparation of abstracts, preparation of posters, presentations, figures of publication, and manuscripts. We also focus on empowering women as research practitioners outside of university environment.

Example Service-Learning Project

  • Presentation of music therapy for kids with autism spectrum disorders at Fort Worth Museum of Science and Industry, with museum open special early hours only for families with ASD kids.
  • Research on the use of recipes and healthy food guides in the museum space for children.
  • Educational workshops for teachers, topics: traumatic brain injury; mental health and depression in teens.
  • Assessments of effectiveness of specific teaching methodologies in schools.
  • Assessments of effectiveness of specific learning strategies in schools.
  • Development of strategy-based training to improve use of working memory.

Course Instructor