The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity

Challenges & Possibilities in K-12 Education (EDUC 401L)

Challenges & Possibilities in K-12 Education

  • Date: Mondays 
  • Time:  3:00-4:20pm in MGH 284
  • Start date:01/9

Instructor: Anna Van Windekens (

Participants in this seminar will explore the world of public education through weekly seminars and a tutoring practicum experience in local K-12 schools or community organizations. Both components will allow students to engage in critical reflection on some of the current issues in education at three different levels: local, national, and international.

The seminars are designed to provide a space where we can collectively reflect on tutoring experiences, emerging knowledge of teaching practices, and the relationships we build with the world.  As a whole, this experience is intended to challenge us to raise questions about the purpose and nature of education in an increasingly diverse, global society. We will also always consider possibilities for a stronger, healthier and more equitable future by being realistic optimists!

1 credit: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)*
2 credits: 2.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 20 hours tutoring/quarter)
3 credits: 5 hours tutoring/week (at least 40 hours tutoring/quarter)
4 credits: 7.5 hours tutoring/week (at least 60 hours tutoring/quarter)
5 credits: 10 hours tutoring/week (at least 80 hours tutoring/quarter)

*A student may opt to register for 1 credit if it means avoiding an additional registration fee. Students may also register for more than 5 credits.