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Special Education: SL:Bldg ResilienceFam,Sch,Comm

EDSP 295 TR1 (CRN: 61531)

3 Credit Hours

For crosslists see: EDTE 295 TR1

EDSP 295 TR1 is a travel-study program.

Travel-study courses use a specialized registration schedule and process. Visit the travel-study page to learn more.

About EDSP 295 TR1

This course offers students theazores7 opportunity to explore education and social service systems outside of the US, in the Azores, Portuguese islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With a specific focus on family, school, and community partnerships, we will visit various schools and social service agencies and explore Portugal’s progressive public health approach to addiction. During our time in Portugal, we will discuss similarities and differences in professional education and social service practice, participate in cultural events, and experience the natural charm of ocean side volcanoes and hot springs. Through cultural immersion, lectures, small group discussions, agency visits, excursions, and informal interaction, students and instructors from different countries will learn about the issues and challenges faced by education and social services organizations and explore the effects of cultural context on system development.


Dates: May 20 - June 14, 2019; Travel Dates: May 29-June 7, 2019; Location: (Azores) Portugese Islands; Pre and Post work requirements; Instructor permission required; Program Fee: $1,421; Cross listed with EDTE 295 TR1 Apply at: Title: Azores: Building Resilience through Family, School, and Community Collaboration

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Section Description

This course brings UVM students to the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, to explore their education, special education, and social service systems. With a specific focus on family partnership with professionals within each of these realms, we will visit various schools, programs, and social service agencies, seeking to understand and experience their work and policies. Students will be involved in a hands-on service-learning project through which they work with students in a small fishing community. This daily experiential learning will be complemented by lectures and discussions led by local experts on the subjects at hand. We will also compare the systems we explore with their counterparts in the United States. In addition, we will visit museums and participate in local cultural activities that will help us understand the context’s effect on education and social service.

Section Expectation

Professionalism, Full Participation


30 pts - Participation in all activities 20 pts - Daily reflections (written and/or verbal) 20 pts - UVM Video storytelling project 20 pts - Azorian student video storytelling project




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