2017 Teaching Institute Schedule
POLICY TEACHING INSTITUTE
Thursday, June 1
7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration Clark-Fox Forum
8:00-8:30 Coffee and Networking
8:30-9:25 Opening Session Clark-Fox Forum
Sunny Harris Rome, President, ISP
George Mason University
Setting the Stage: A New Era for Teaching Polic
Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
9:35 -12:15 Strategies for Teaching I
Session A: Social Welfare History Informing Policy Today
Understanding contemporary policy is possible only by examining the events and policy choices from our past. This session provides activities and approaches to deepen students’ understanding of the roots of current policy and the possibilities for reform. The session will provide tools and demonstrate the use of deploying compelling stories centered on a theme—we’ll use movement and migration—in organizing history education.
Miguel Ferguson, Of Course? Clark Peters, University of Missouri
Diane Martell, Rhode Island College
Session B: Maximizing Impact through Policy Analysis
Human stories can be persuasive with policymakers, but often have greater impact when accompanied by rigorous analysis. Using a contemporary social issue, this session introduces policy analysis approaches and frameworks that can be used in developing proposals, comparing alternatives, evaluating outcomes, and advocating for change. Teaching demonstrations provide participants with interactive tools that they can incorporate into their courses.
Jill Manit, University of Nevada, Reno Jennifer Greenfield, University of Denver
Sunny Harris Rome, George Mason University
12:20-12:50 p.m. Break/Pick up Box Lunches Clark-Fox Forum
12:50-1:30 Roundtable Discussions Clark-Fox Forum
Session A: Prioritizing Critical Content in Developing a Policy Course
Policy content is wide-ranging and seemingly endless. How do you decide what should be included when your program offers only one policy course? Two policy courses? What policy content should all students be exposed to? What about those in macro or policy specializations?
Facilitator: Sunny Harris Rome, George Mason University
Session B: Teaching Political Social Work
Engaging in electoral politics is a critical way that social workers can impact policy. This roundtable will focus on strategies for incorporating content and activities about electoral politics into social work education.
Facilitator: Shannon Lane, Adelphi University
Session C: Collaborating with Policy Practitioners
Influencing social policy requires working with those in positions to effectuate change. Collaborating with policy practitioners, however, requires strategies that often are not included in curricula. What is the best way for instructors to work with students and help develop tomorrow’s leaders?
Facilitator: Clark Peters, University of Missouri
Session D: Policy Instruction for Direct Practice
The Code of Ethics calls on all social workers to engage in social and political action on behalf of vulnerable populations. This session explores strategies for engaging those students pursuing direct practice and preparing them to integrate policy into their lives and careers.
Facilitator: Amy Murphy-Nugen, Western Carolina University
Session E: Integrating Policy in Field
The day to day tasks of “doing the job” in field placements frequently overshadow policy implications and practice opportunities. This can lead to a decreased perception of importance from the student perspective. This roundtable will focus on strategies for engaging field directors and field instructors in developing and supporting policy practice opportunities in field education
Facilitator: Jill Manit, University of Nevada, Reno
Session F: Teaching Policy across Political Diversity
In a seemingly polarized political environment, students and faculty alike may struggle with how to respond to diverse ideologies in policy courses. We will share strategies for engaging students across diverse ideological backgrounds, as well as for facilitating challenging political discussions in the classroom.
Facilitator: Suzanne Pritzker, University of Houston
1:45-4:30 Strategies for Teaching II
Session A: Making Policy Real: Teaching Current Social Welfare Policy in Social Work
This session provides a framework for teaching social policy in the United States. The workshop covers the fundamental concepts taught in social policy courses, and provides practical and engaging pedagogical activities to teach each concept. It prepares faculty to offer a foundation curriculum that inspires students to engage in policy analysis and practice.
Elena Delavega, University of Memphis Margaret Sherraden, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Heather Kanenberg, University of Houston-Clear Lake
Session B: Teaching for Social and Political Action
This session demonstrates activities for incorporating policy advocacy into social work education, to prepare students to interact with policy systems and decision-makers. Attendees will leave with practical tools and assignments they can incorporate into any course to build students’ confidence and competence to influence policy at all levels of government.
Shannon Lane, Adelphi University
Tanya Rhodes Smith, Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work
Suzanne Pritzker, University of Houston