Curriculum and community-based experiences in the ECO program are designed to meet the following student learning objectives:

1.  Understand the social and cultural influences on individuals, communities and organizations.

2.  Understand the process of learning disciplinary knowledge and practices, recognizing the relationship between the kinds of learning that happen within and across settings, both inside and outside of schools.

3.  Identify community assets and needs for informing research, policy and practice.

4.  Critically evaluate research on education, human development and learning across settings.

5.  Understand processes for partnering with the community to transform public policy and institutional practices.

6.  Apply research findings to address problems of practice in schools and organizations.

7.  Understand protective and risk factors influencing learning and development at different stages in the life course.

8.  Engage in ongoing reflection of identities and biases that effect personal and professional growth to effectively partner with communities.

9.  Develop an active understanding of the complex cultural and institutional dynamics shaping educational settings in order to dismantle systemic barriers impacting youth and communities.

10. Demonstrate knowledge and effective practice in community and organizational settings.

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