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Leadership and Policy Studies: Ed Policy Book Group (Session3

EDLP 380 Z3 (CRN: 61606)

1 Credit Hour

About EDLP 380 Z3

Designed to cover selected educational problems in depth. The major emphasis will be on intensive and critical analysis of the literature and practice in a given area.


Dates: July 15 - August 9, 2019; Hybrid online; On Campus Meeting dates TBA, 5-8:45; Book: TBA

Section Description

The Educational Leadership & Policy Program is pleased to announce its summer session of the Education Policy Book Group. The Group’s purpose is to bring together CESS students, faculty, and staff in reading books on timely policy issues, and to provide a forum for discussing these books. During Summer 2019, the Group will read three books. Participants may sign up to read all three, or just one or two! Please contact Tammy Kolbe ( for more information. During the third session, students will read Divergent Paths to College: Race, Class & Inequality in High Schools, by Megan Holland. This discussion-based seminar will consider Divergent Paths to College, by Megan Holland. In this book, Holland examines how high schools structure different pathways that lead students to very different college destinations based on race and class. She finds that racial and class inequalities are reproduced through unequal access to key sources of information, even among students within the same school and schools with a “college going” culture. This type of organizational brokering preferences students with social and cultural capital that helps them understand and leverage the college admissions process, while students with college ambitions but weaker social ties struggle (and frequently fail) to navigate this same process. In reading this provocative book, the class will consider how the structure and resources in schooling privilege student groups likelihood to attend and complete college. This conversation is particularly timely given the increasingly emphasis on college attendance as necessary for social and economic well-being, as well as Vermont’s own challenges with the share of high school students who pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.

Section Expectation

Face-to-Face meeting date: July 23 9, 5-9 p.m. (Includes potluck dinner) (Face-to-face meetings will be supplemented with additional online/hybrid discussion sessions and supplemental readings to expand and enhance our face-to-face discussions.)


Students will participate in online and face-to-face discussions about course material. In addition, students will maintain an online journal, and complete a final written paper (not to exceed 5 pages).




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