Course Code and Title: ED-7012Educational Leadership

Prerequisite course: ED-7009 Educating a Diversity of Learners 

Course Credits: 3

Course Description: In this course, students will explore theories, philosophies, models, concepts, styles, qualities, and practices relative to effective leadership within educational organizations. Based on best-practice research, students will develop a comprehensive leadership approach to become effective leaders in the educational setting.

Number of Assignments: 8

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Examine various leadership theories and philosophies.

2.InterprettheISLLCleadershipstandards.

3. Develop a personal leadership philosophy.

4.Formulate a personal leadership style to include internal qualities and behavioral practices.

5.Assess the culture, climate, and performance of a school relative to the existing leadership.

6. Construct an action plan describing the leadership style to be employed to improve a school’s performance.

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Course Concepts:

1.The ISLLC Standards

2. Time Management for Leadership

3. Philosophy of a Leader

4. Leading with a Vision

5. Principles of an effective leader

6. Transformational Leadership

7. Leadership Styles

COURSE RESOURCES PRIMARY RESOURCES: Book(s)

Northouse, P. (2016). Leadership: Theory and practice. 7th ed.Thousand Oaks, CASage 9781483317540

Course Outline

Section 1: Section 1: Leadership Defined

Week 1 Assignment Title: Interpret the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (ISLLC Standards) Assignment Points: 10

Week 2 Assignment Title: Develop a Definition of Educational Leadership Assignment Points: 10

Week 3 Assignment Title: Evaluate Leadership Ethics Assignment Points:10

Section 2: Section 2: Leadership Approaches

Week 4 AssignmentTitle: Analyze Trait, Skills, and Behavioral Leadership Approaches Assignment Points:10

Week 5 Assignment Title: Analyze Situational, Path-Goal, Transformational, and AdaptiveLeadership Approaches Assignment Points:10

Week 6 Assignment Title: Analyze Authentically and Servant Leadership Approaches Assignment Points:10

Section 3:

Section 3: Leadership Applied

Week 7 AssignmentTitle:AnalyzeTeamLeadershipAssignmentPoints:10

Week 8 AssignmentTitle: Signature Assignment: Develop a Personal Leadership Action Plan Assignment Points:30 points

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Week 1 – Assignment: Interpret the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (ISLLC Standards)

Understanding professional standards for educational leaders as determined by experienced peers can be helpful knowledge when exploring and developing your leadership style. Using a review of the 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, describe in sufficient detail with supportive reference citing: 1) those leadership standards you believe you have already developed and why, and 2) those leadership standards you believe you still need to further incorporate into your leadership style and how you might accomplish this leadership growth.   

Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages

References: Support your response by utilizing and reference citing the Professional Leadership Standards for Educational Leaders. Utilize and reference other applicable scholarly resources as appropriate.

Your response should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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Week 2 – Assignment: Develop a Definition of Educational Leadership

Understanding how to conceptualize leadership as well as the ability to articulate a basic definition of leadership will assist you in developing and applying your personal leadership style. Utilize the assigned readings for the course and additional applicable scholarly sources to describe your definition of educational leadership.  Be sure to use supporting references that cite a conceptualization of leadership, which inspired your definition of leadership. Please also  include concepts such as leadership traits vs. leadership as a process, assigned vs. emergent leadership, and how power, coercion, and management differ from leadership. 

Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages
References: 3-5 scholarly resources

Your response should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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Week 3 – Assignment: Evaluate Leadership Ethics

Understanding the development and definition of ethics, the role of ethical theory in determining appropriate character and conduct, and the relationship between ethics and leadership will assist you in becoming both an ethical and well-respected educational leader.  

Part I: Using the assigned readings for the course as well as additional applicable scholarly sources, describe in sufficient detail with supportive reference citing what you believe to be the definition of ethics, the character traits, and conduct of ethical educational leaders.  

Part II: Many, if not most, difficult decisions experienced by educational leaders do not involve a clearly defined or simple right or wrong choice or course of action to resolve a particular ethical dilemma. Review the ethical dilemma below, and then use Badaracco’s (1992) four-question framework to analyze right-vs.-right ethical dilemmas. Keep the following in mind: 1. Which course of action will do the most good and the least harm? 2. Which alternative best serves others’ rights, including shareholders’ rights? 3. What plan can I live with, which is consistent with the basic values and commitments of my company? 4. Which course of action is feasible in the world as it is? Be sure to defend your identification of an ethical plan to reduce your budget expenditures for the upcoming school year to your board of education, using the proposed reductions from your school district budget committee. 

As a superintendent of a large high-performing suburban school district with extensive parent involvement and support, you have recently learned a significant amount of your state funding will be reduced for the upcoming school year. A school operating tax referendum was recently approved by voters in your school community and you also secured a 3-year contract agreement with your local teacher union, resulting in minor pay increases for teachers. The state funding reductions will require you to eliminate a significant amount of money from the school district’s operating budget. A school district budget committee has revealed reduction proposals in teaching positions as well as in supplemental services and programs for students. These proposed reductions involve:

  1. A reduction of teaching positions resulting in enlarged student class sizes reaching or exceeding the union agreed-upon maximum limit; additional pay would be required for teachers whose student class sizes exceeded the union agreed-upon maximum,
  2. The elimination of high school busing because this transportation service is not required by law in your state,
  3. Parents being required to pay additional costs for their children to participate in all extra-curricular activities, including all school sponsored athletic programs, and
  4. The elimination of programs for identified gifted students because these services are not required by law in your state. 

Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages
References: 3-5 scholarly resources

Your response should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.  Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy. 

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Week 4 – Assignment: Analyze Trait, Skills, and Behavioral Leadership Approaches

Analyzing the trait, skills, and behavioral leadership approaches can be helpful in understanding how to improve your leadership style. Utilize the assigned readings for the course, as well as additional applicable scholarly sources, to describe (in sufficient detail) by using supportive references that cite the following: 1) each of these three leadership approaches, 2) the traits, skills, and behaviors of effective leaders you have experienced, 3) the traits, skills, and behaviors you believe you possess that make you an effective educational leader, and 4) the traits, skills, and behaviors you believe you would like to change to improve your effectiveness as an educational leader.         

Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages
References: 3-5 scholarly resources

Your response should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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Week 5 – Assignment: Analyze Situational, Path-Goal, Transformational, and Adaptive Leadership Approaches

Analyzing the situational, path-goal, transformational, and adaptive leadership approaches can be helpful for understanding how to benefit your leadership style. Utilizing the assigned readings for the course, as well as additional applicable scholarly sources, describe in sufficient detail with supportive reference citing:1) each of these four leadership approaches, 2) the strengths or benefits and potential weaknesses or limitations of each of these four leadership approaches, 3) the characteristics of a successful transformational leader you have experienced, and 4) how you could effectively apply these four leadership approaches within an educational setting of interest.

Length: 5-7 pages not including title and reference pages.
References: Minimum of 5 scholarly resources.

Your response should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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Week 6 – Assignment: Analyze Authentic and Servant Leadership Approaches

Analyzing the authentic and servant leadership approaches can be helpful for understanding how to benefit your leadership style. Utilizing the assigned readings for the course, as well as additional applicable scholarly sources, compare and contrast these two leadership approaches in sufficient detail with supportive reference citing to include: 1) their similarities and differences, 2) their strengths or benefits and potential weaknesses or limitations, 3) the characteristics of a successful authentic/servant leader you have experienced, and 4) and how you could effectively apply a combination of both approaches within an educational setting of interest.

Length: 5-7 pages not including title and reference pages.
References: Minimum of 5 scholarly resources.

Your response should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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Week 7 – Assignment: Analyze Team Leadership

Analyzing team leadership can help you to understand how to benefit your leadership style. Using the assigned readings for the course as well as additional applicable scholarly sources, develop a PowerPoint presentation to present to a team you would hypothetically lead within an educational setting of interest. Within your PowerPoint presentation, describe (in sufficient detail) by using supportive reference to cite your team leadership role, including: 1) the leadership approach(es) or style(s) you plan to employ when leading the team, 2) specificity regarding how you plan to utilize these leadership approach(es) or style(s) to lead the team, 3) techniques, strategies, and evaluation procedures to support your team’s performance, and 4) your level of involvement within the day-to-day functionality of the team.

Length: 10-12 slides, not including a title slide or reference slides

Notes: Include 200-350 words per slide using the speaker notes section of the PowerPoint.

References: 3-5 scholarly resources

Your PowerPoint Presentation should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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Week 8 – Assignment: Signature Assignment: Develop a Personal Leadership Action Plan

As a newly employed leader within an educational setting of interest, you have been assigned the task to lead the improvement of a poorly performing hypothetical school. Using the assigned reading for the course as well as at least seven additional applicable scholarly sources, develop a personal leadership action plan to improve the school’s performance. Describe in sufficient detail with supportive reference by citing the following action plan components: 1) an assessment of the school’s previous leadership style and why it was possibly ineffective, 2) an assessment of the school’s current culture, climate, and performance, 3) a determination of the areas in need of school improvement, 4) an explanation of your leadership style, including your internal qualities and behavioral practices you would employ to improve the school’s performance, 5) defend why you believe this leadership style would be the most effective leadership style to improve the school’s performance (complete the Leadership Legacy Assessment to help you to assess your instinctive leadership style), 6) within your explanation of your leadership style, indicate the research-based leadership approach(es) foundationally supporting your leadership style, and 7) a description of how you would apply your leadership style to improve the determined areas in need of school improvement. 

Length: 12-15 pages, not including title and reference pages
References: Minimum of seven scholarly resources

Your response should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.

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