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Welner, Kevin G



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  • Kevin Welner is professor of education and director of the National Education Policy Center (http://nepc.colorado.edu), housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education. His work examines the use of research in policymaking, the intersection between education rights litigation and educational opportunity scholarship, and the school change process associated with equity-focused reform efforts.


  • educational policy, equal educational opportunity, use of research in policy making, educational reform, educational Law


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  • EDUC 6210 - Education Policy and the Law
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2022
    Approaches education policy issues through the rich history of litigation and current legal challenges facing American K-12 schooling. Builds an understanding of the legal and policy development of the American schooling system, particularly in the 20th century. Laws and legal cases will be used as jumping-off points for broader discussions.
  • EDUC 6211 - Education Law and Litigation Workshop
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    The students in this workshop course will learn through a project-oriented, constructive conversation between legal experts and education policy experts. With elements of community-engaged learning, as well as clinical and street law, the course creates a forum for an iterative process whereby education students, attorneys (adjunct professors) and law students will work together on legal projects of their own choosing. The attorneys and law students will inform the education researchers about how claims for relief or legislation (or a legal argument used in another context) might be shaped, while the researchers would inform the lawyers and law students about whether and how the research supports a potential claim or approach, and about the sorts of remedial orders or interventions that might be beneficial.
  • EDUC 6804 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.


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