Claudia Cooper

Asst. Professor Emerita of Education & English/American Lit.

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 by appointment
 Twilight Hall 108


Claudia Cooper has been teaching at Middlebury since 1998.Her current interests and research focus on global literature for children, and children’s literacy and Ethiopia.

Professor Cooper earned her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology with a specialization in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. There her work focused on the psychosocial aspects of literacy, specifically how children expressed their points of view by indicating emotional highpoints in their writing, and what relationships could be found with their status as children “at-risk” for academic failure or success.

Presently, Professor Cooper holds a joint teaching appointment in Education Studies and the English and American Literatures Department.Recent courses in Education include Literacy Across the Secondary Curriculum, and the Student Teaching Seminar.She also supervises elementary and secondary student teachers in their school placements.Interdisciplinary and cross listed courses include Writing for Children and Young Adults, Global Literature for Youth, Youth Literature and Film, Taboos and Trends in Literature for Children and Young Adults and Images of Africa and Africa’s Self Image.In 2008, she took a winter term class to Ethiopia for an intensive field based learning experience in a course called Reading Cultures: Writing Lives.




Course List: 

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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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CRWR 0701 - Senior Thesis:Creative Writing      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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EDST 0185 / CRWR 0185 - Writing For Children      

Writing for Children and Young Adults
This course is an introduction to writing for children and young adults through analysis of model short fiction and novels, and regular discussion of student writing. We will focus on craft and form with particular attention to the demands of writing for a young audience. Emphasis will be on composition and revision. 3 hrs. lect. ART

Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Winter 2018, Winter 2019

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EDST 0211 / ENAM 0211 - Global Literature for Youth      

Global Perspectives on Literature for Youth
Literature in translation, post-colonial English literature, and the literature of immigrants are a growing part of literature available to American children. We will examine literature from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia originally written in English or in translation. What makes international literature distinct from multicultural literature? Do these literary traditions bridge cultural gaps? What issues arise in translating for children? What is the phenomenon of "Americanization?" What are the implicit and explicit cultural and/or ethnic expectations regarding authorship and criticism in international literature? In this class we will examine these questions through the lens of literature for children. CMP LIT

Spring 2016

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EDST 0320 - Literacy Across Secondary Curr      

Literacy Across the Secondary Curriculum
This course will acquaint prospective teachers with pedagogies that use literacy to help students learn subject matter, strategies, and skills in various secondary content areas. We will consider both the theory and practice of literacy through analysis of the nature of reading, writing, discussion, interpretation, and critical processes and practices. We will also consider the politics of literacy and the importance of socio-economic, linguistic, and cultural factors in making appropriate choices about methods and materials for diverse populations. Students will spend at least two hours per week observing and tutoring in secondary schools in the Middlebury area. 3 hrs. lect.

Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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EDST 0327 - Field Exp Secondary/Special Ed      

Field Experience in Secondary Education and Special Education
In this course we will examine secondary teaching and special education at the middle school level. Working closely with practicing middle school teachers, students will spend five days a week in the schools, observing, tutoring, directing small-group learning, developing lessons, and assessing student work. In this seminar we will explore, through selected readings and a case study, the policy and pedagogy of special education for students with learning disabilities. Further topics in middle/secondary education will be addressed. Required for students seeking a minor in secondary education. (Pass/Fail) non-standard grade WTR

Winter 2016

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EDST 0375 - International Education      

International and Cross Cultural Education
Who gets to own knowledge? Who can acquire it? How do we construct advantage and disadvantage? Comparative and international education examines the intersection of culture and education and the ways they are inextricably related through history, politics, and literature. In this course we will explore major concepts, trends, and methodologies across disciplines, focusing on the effects of globalization, the maintenance and dissolution of borders, the commodification of knowledge, the social creation of meaning, and the consequences of those constructions. We will examine global educational traditions and realities on the ground in case studies of Western and developing nations. CMP SOC

Spring 2016, Fall 2017

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EDST 0405 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
A semester-long practicum in a local elementary school under the direct supervision of an experienced cooperating teacher. (Corequisite: EDST 0410) (Approval required) non-standard grade

Fall 2018

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EDST 0406 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required) non-standard grade

Fall 2018

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EDST 0407 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required) non-standard grade

Fall 2018

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EDST 0430 - Senior Seminar in Education      

Senior Seminar in Education Studies
In this capstone seminar for General Education minors, students will engage, analyze, and offer solutions to real world problems in the current landscape of education. We will read extensively in the field, consider multiple research methods and approaches, and enlist community experts. Working across disciplines and collaboratively, students will create final projects that integrate and apply what they have learned in their coursework, developing and enhancing skills for creative problem solving and leadership in the field. Final projects will vary; all students will make oral presentations. (three of five required courses for the general EDST minor.) 3 hrs. Sem. SOC

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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EDST 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020

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ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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ENAM 0700 - Senior Thesis:Critical Writing      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking one-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the Senior Thesis Workshop (ENAM 700Z) in either Fall or Spring Term.

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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SUMR 1003 - Development Across Disciplines      

Development Across the Disciplines—Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In this off-campus course we will blend experiential learning and academic research in order to better grasp the issues and practices in development and aid work. We will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to engage in integrated community placements. Each week of the course will examine a different large question in four specific units: Ethics, Literacy and Education, Development in Practice, and Politics and Participation. Fieldwork will include rotating through projects with children and adults affected by development and aid, both those benefitting from development projects and those working to provide assistance. In particular, students will conduct interviews and surveys, engage in hands on tutoring, teach or assist in special classes, workshops, and/or capacity building trainings, and visits to other development and aid institutions. We will also attend lectures, workshops, and/or presentations, and participate in local cultural excursions such as to museums and to Entoto Mountain overlooking Addis Ababa. Students will select an area of interest upon which to concentrate, and which will become the focus of their final project. Addis Ababa has an altitude of approximately 7500’ and so students should be prepared for working and walking at high altitude. Students will be expected to adhere to all safety and health policies, to bring an open mind to the class, and to engage in culturally sensitive practices. Interested students should submit a statement that includes major, minor(s), year abroad experiences (past or planned), and any special accommodations that may be needed to participate. (Accommodations for students with disabilities may be limited abroad; advanced notice of special needs will allow us to investigate what may be possible in this course and in Ethiopia.) Also include in your statement, a one-page “essay” explaining why you would like to take the course, your goals for the experience, and the particular strengths, interests, and experiences you would bring to the course. Please submit the essay to Claudia Cooper ccooper@<a href=""> For additional information, contact Claudia Cooper or Nick Rogerson Final projects will be showcased in the Spring 2016 Student Research Symposium. (Approval required)
Dates: June 22, 2015 – July 24, 2015 AAL PHL Summer Study SOC

Summer Study 2015

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