Part C: School
Parts 4, 5, and 6 focus on gaining familiarity with a larger societal framework via analysis of the schools and communities in which the interns work.
What is happening at my school?
1. What is it like to be on my campus? (i.e., physical description of the school and its people).
How can I describe the following so that my reader has a sense of my school’s physical space and its feel?
The school’s location
The appearance, maintenance, and style of campus and its buildings
Important campus landmarks (if any)
My specific physical environment (Are there challenges associated with my classroom?)
Who are the people on my campus? (And has this changed over time? If so, why? And how do people feel about these changes?)
What is the composition (ethnic, linguistic, economic, gender, religious, political) of the students? Faculty? Administration? Staff?
Within each category, are there identifiable camps? How are these groupings signaled?
How do each of these parties feel about being at the school? How are these attitudes revealed?
What is the technology situation in the classroom? At the school? In the homes of my students? (These questions should be addressed in ED330/331).
What school events have I attended? Describe.
2. What school policies and practices shape my school’s culture and/or identity?
What are the school’s formal/stated and informal/inferred policies?
Student assignment into special programs (i.e., bilingual, SDAIE, GATE, Special Education, etc.)
Teaching programs (i.e. Open court)
How are decisions made and implemented within the school?
Who sets the agenda? Who doesn’t?
How are policies implemented?
How are decisions implemented?
How do different people on campus feel about the school’s policies and practices and how they are generated (Students? Faculty? Administration? Parents?)
3. What are other influences (including district, state, and federal policies and practices) that impact my school?
How do district, state, and federal policies impact the school?
Legislation (like Title I, Individuals with Disabilities, Assistive Technology Act, etc.)
Assessment / Accountability measures (like NCLB)
Requirements for funding
Besides policies, what are some other things that impact the school? The administration? The faculty? The staff? The students?
4. What kind of resources and support does my school have?
What kind of support services are there on campus? Are they utilized?
For students? (social, academic, career, college guidance, health, etc.)
For the community?
Who supports the school? Who does the school turn to help them meet their needs and goals?
What are the opposition factors?