This seminar focuses on education in the multicultural society of the United States, and aims to help students develop new understandings of the role of schools and teaching. We will also work to construct alternative perspectives on and approaches to examining educational issues. Featuring opportunities for engaged learning, we will learn in the environment surrounding UNC, working to understand how local histories, cultures, and experiences have affected the opportunities that young people have– and have not– experienced in public schools. Moving into the policy space, we will evaluate and design for equity and justice in public schooling. We will also include work on portraiture, on seeing and learning about the experiences of race and racism in public schools, and the ways in which communities have advocated for experiences in ways that are strength- and asset-filled.