Course Code and Title:

ED-7014 Practices in School Organization

Prerequisite course: ED-7012 V2: Educational Leadership (6092846099)

Course Credits: 3

Course Description:

In this course, students will examine the organizational structure of schools and school systems, their relationships to and effects on school programs, teaching strategies, testing and measurement, and the evaluation of programs in schools. The student will consider the way schools are organized around time, space, and other resources. Organizational dynamics will be explored and there will be an opportunity to engage operational factors that influence the school climate including human resources, organizational outreach, and capacity. Finally, students will explore stakeholder participation in organizational practice.

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Number of Assignments: 8

Course Learning Outcomes:

1. Analyze the communication processes in American school systems.
2. Analyze the structural organization in American school systems.
3. Create a school communication presentation.
4. Analyze external variables influencing school systems.
5. Assess the value of community resources on educational institutions.
6. Analyze decision-making in schools.
7. Evaluate a social networking tool for shared decision-making and communication.
8. Synthesize a personal reflection of current organization.

Course Concepts:

1. Organizational theories
2. Human resource management
3. Leadership qualities
4. Tests and measurements used in teaching
5. Assessment of student learning
6. Articulation of group vision

COURSE RESOURCES

PRIMARY RESOURCES:

Book(s)

Hoy, W. K., & Miskel, C. G. Educational administration: Theory, research, and practice. Boston McGraw-Hill.

Kowalski, T. J. Case studies on educational administration. Boston Pearson.

Course Outline

Section 1: Assessing the School: A Social, Learning, and Teaching System

Week 1

Assignment Title: Analyzing Educational Processes

Assignment Points: 10

Week 2

Assignment Title: Evaluate Educational Processes

Assignment Points: 10

Week 3

Assignment Title: Present to Large Groups

Assignment Points: 10

Week 4

Assignment Title: Analyzing Outside Factors

Assignment Points: 10

Section 2: Decision-Making and Community

Week 5

Assignment Title: Assessing Community Resources

Assignment Points: 10

Week 6

Assignment Title: Evaluating Decision-Making Opportunities

Assignment Points: 10

Week 7

Assignment Title: Social Networking

Assignment Points: 10

Section 3: Signature Assignment

Week 8

Assignment Title: Culminating Signature Assignment

Assignment Points: 30

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Week 1 – Assignment: Analyzing Educational Processes

Instructions

Based on insights gained from your readings and from watching the video clip, for this assignment:

  1. Write a paper analyzing the educational processes shown in the video.
  2. Detail the benefits of the processes.
  3. Note the obstacles that may be encountered and what strategies could be set in place to overcome those obstacles.
  4. You might consider searching articles in the NCU Library for your scholarly articles.

Length: 5-7 pages, including 3-5 resources. 

Your paper 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: Evaluate Educational Processes

Telling the story of the structure and the people in an organization is the foundation of what an educational leader does. For this assignment, based on insights learned from your assigned readings and the video:

  1. Write a paper explaining the benefits of the educational processes shown in the video.
  2. How is the video approach to professional development unique?
  3. Also consider the role of students in the structure of the organization and in professional development.
  4. How does student feedback inform teaching?
  5. You might consider searching articles in the NCU Library for your scholarly articles.

Length: 5-7 pages, including 3-5 resources. 

Your paper 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: Present to Large Groups

Using insights gleaned from your required readings and from the video complete the following assignment:

  1. Create a PowerPoint presentation that you could use as a downloadable resource for parents and community members on your school’s website.
  2. Your presentation should espouse the virtues and benefits of engaging parents and the community in schools.

Additionally, make suggestions about how the ideas presented in:

  1. Week’s readings are applied to the school where you work (or would like to work)?
  2. How would you address concerns, such as involving those who for whatever reason are reticent to communicate or feel disenfranchised, and engaging the disinterested parent, not just those who are willing to participate and contribute.

Incorporate appropriate animations, transitions, and graphics as well as “speaker notes” for each slide. The speaker notes may be comprised of brief paragraphs or bulleted lists.

Length: 12-15 slides (with a separate reference slide). Include 3-5 sources.
Notes Length: 200-350 words for each slide.

Tip: You can get help using PowerPoint “Notes” through the “help” function of PowerPoint. If you save the presentation as a webpage, your notes automatically display. Your notes can fill the role of the speaker, giving your audience the background and details that a speaker would provide during a live presentation.

Your 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.

Week 4 – Assignment: Analyzing Outside Factors

Large school districts are more at risk to variables that are outside of the organization. For this assignment, prepare a paper in which you address the following:

  1. Consider the concepts of effectiveness, accountability, and improvement as you review Case 23 in the Kowlaski text.
  2. Address the following from your perspective: Assume you are Superintendent Packard. What would you want to accomplish in dealing with the situation described in this case.

Length: 5-7 pages, including 3-5 resources.

Your paper 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: Assessing Community Resources

For this assignment, based on your assigned readings:

  1. Write a paper in which you assess the value of community resources on educational institutions.
  2. How would a program like Baltimore’s United in Leadership Development (B.U.I.L.D.) benefit your community? 

Length: 5-7 pages, including 3-5 resources.

Your paper 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: Evaluating Decision-Making Opportunities

Decision-making occurs in schools from the school board, through the central office, to the school office, to the classroom teacher. For this assignment, complete the following to prepare a paper: 

  1. Use Case #24 and address the opportunities for decision-making across the continuum of the school district. Assume you are the Superintendent in order to do so.
  2. What would you want to accomplish in helping shape a school vision that incorporates input from key players in the school and community?  

Length: 5-7 pages, including 3-5 resources.

Your paper 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: Social Networking

After reading, Hoy, Chapters 9-10, please go to a social networking site of your choice (examples: Ning.com; Twitter.com; Facebook.com; or Linkedin.com) and select a Social Network you believe would assist you in facilitating shared decision-making and communicating in your work via an online networking tool. For this assignment write a paper to address the following:

  1. Outline how you would envision this tool assisting your organization to communicate and facilitate shared decision-making.
  2. Include in your paper how you would evaluate the effectiveness of on-line communication within an organization.  

Length: 5-7 pages, including 3-5 resources.

Your paper 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: Culminating Signature Assignment

Review the Learning Outcomes and Course Concepts provided earlier in this syllabus. Reflect on your professional experiences with practices in school organization as revealed in previous assignments in this course. For this assignment, based on this review and reflection:

  • Select a topic that is particularly meaningful to you and/or your work setting.
  • Write a paper that integrates course readings and citations from other professional literature.
  • As one focus of this paper, please identify how you, through your reflective practice promote your individual understanding and comprehension of the organizational setting in which you find yourself.
  • This paper must demonstrate comprehension, application, analysis, assessment, and integration of the research.

Length: 12-15 pages, including 5-7 resources.

Your paper 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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