This theory seminar is designed for teachers, administrators and advocates of early childhood programs. Students explore personal, public policy and private-sector advocacy. The structure of the state and federal government and the role and regulatory processes of the legislative branch are reviewed. Students discuss political activities and nonlegislative opportunities for making public policy at the state and local levels including organizing a grassroots network. Students identify organizational resources and explore various means of communication including tips for communicating with legislators and using the media effectively.
- Articulate strategies for effective community relations including marketing, interaction with parents and community and public policy advocacy.
- Describe the theory and elements of effective personnel management.
- Identify and demonstrate problem solving and conflict resolution techniques.
- Review current theories of multi-cultural education and explain and evaluate their own approach.
- Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
- Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
- Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
- Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.