The Massachusetts Legislature defines Gateway Cities as communities with a population between 35,000 and 250,000 and median household income and rate of educational attainment of a bachelor's degree or above below the Commonwealth's average.
Readings and EC Learn Online Discussion Forums: It is incumbent upon every student to come to class prepared, ready to participate in informed discussions and debates. Therefore, students are required to read and watch all the assigned material prior to class. For ten classes, you are required to write one post and respond to someone else’s post in the online discussion forum by noon before the respective class indicated on the course schedule. Your posting should include current ways in which individuals, societies, non-governmental organizations, businesses or governments are trying to implement respective policies and the challenges or best practices thereof. Entries in the online discussion forums should be relative, succinct, non-offensive and professionally written. You may incorporate articles, webpages or videos not assigned for homework to strengthen your points. Entries in the online discussion forums should be succinct, non-offensive and professionally written. Use proper citations when appropriate.
Students will create a digital StoryMap to inform others on the role demographics, immigration, housing, employment, transportation, education, childcare, health, crime, climate change and prejudice play in your respective gateway city and a few of the resources and initiatives that work to eliminate poverty and inequality. Designing interactive maps to illustrate spatial relationships, info charts/graphs, succinct narratives, and multimedia, students will create a minimum of a ten-tab story map using a free public ArcGIS account. GIS labs during the course will aid students in creating maps with multiple datasets/data layers from a variety of organizations. The link to your map must be uploaded in EC Learn by midnight on April 23, 2020
Strategic Options Paper and Oral Presentation Group Project: You will work with one other person and write a short (1-2 page) strategic options paper in which your team examines and provides a framework of options to key stakeholders and political leaders on how a policy on reducing poverty and inequality can be put into practice in their respective gateway cities, Your group's job is to present the facts and possible concrete solutions, not to write about the morality of the problem. While the assignment may seem small, your group will soon discover the difficulties policymakers have in condensing large comprehensive research recommendations into a short, succinct format. Remember, leaders, do not have the time to read through large research binders. Your group will conduct a 3-5-minute presentation in class on your analysis and recommendations. Presentations will be conducted and papers uploaded in EC Learn on March 19, 2020. A peer review of the paper will be conducted in class on March 17th.
Oral Presentation Tips
Be engaging, passionate, natural and organized.
The best presentations are where members of groups play off each other in a way which it feels more like a conversation between the presenters than a lecture. Transitions should be smooth.
During your speech