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EDUC 3013 (Garcia): Group Poster

Group Poster Instructions

Imagine that a policy organization (real or fictional) has selected you to research a controversial issue in education and ultimately craft their formal position on that issue. For this assignment, you will be given the opportunity to make connections between course readings, class discussions and activities, and the realities of education policies in the United States. In small groups, you will explore how the themes of the course – the purposes of schooling, the dynamics of race, class, gender, and the politics of accountability, funding, and tracking – affect an issue of your choosing. I will give you a list of topics for you to choose.

This assignment will consist of a scholarly group “poster session” in which you will visually present this information to the class at the end of the session.  A Poster Session is a visual presentation of the information contained within the issue brief. You will present your posters with your classmates on the two last days of class.  You will be given about 10 minutes to present to the class.  As such, it should be interesting, attractive, and creative; you want to make a good impression. A few pointers for making a good poster:

  • The layout of your poster is up to you. Just make sure it organized, clear, and understandable (subsections and headers can be helpful). You can make your poster on the computer and have it professionally printed (although this can be very expensive) or make it by hand using a traditional tri-fold presentation board. Neither method is preferred. If you have other creative ideas, let me know! 
  • You should briefly touch on all parts of the issue outlined above, but also make your poster readable and interesting. A common criticism of a poor poster is that the author attempts to present too much information. Present only enough data to support your conclusions. Bullets can be very effective!
  • All lettering should be legible from at least 5 feet away; viewers should not have to put on reading glasses. The minimum type size should be no less than 18 points, and the style should be bold or semi-bold in simple, clean-looking type.
  • Include graphics and be creative! Make sure to include graphs and tables to show your data.
  • The poster should be understandable without oral explanation. That said, you should articulately explain your issue and your proposed position to the policymakers and their boss (your instructor). 
  • As a group you should rehearse each of your parts since you have a very limited amount of time.
  • You should cite other people’s work in your poster just as you would in a paper (using APA).

Topics Include, but are not limited to:

  • Separation of Church and State in public Schools
  • Sex Education (i.e., safe sex vs. abstinence)
  • Mainstreaming students in regular classes with disabilities
  • First Amendment rights of teachers (e.g., free speech)
  • First Amendment rights of students (freedom/control issues)
  • Zero tolerance / school safety
  • School vouchers
  • Merit-based pay for teachers
  • Nutrition, health, and obesity issues in public schools
  • School closures of low performing schools
  • Retention/promotion of students
  • School-corporate partnerships (privatization)
  • Teach for America
  • Home schooling
  • Large schools/small schools
  • Single Sex (all boy / all girl) public schools
  • Afrocentric Schools (Do black students need an afro-centric curriculum?)
  • Bilingual Education (English-only vs. native language instruction)
  • Socioeconomic Integration in American public schools
  • Education Markets
  • Charter Schools
  • School Vouchers
  • Innovation Schools
  • Character education
  • Multicultural Education
  • School uniforms

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