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ED 635 School Organization and Management
Hunt, David Scott


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ED635, School Organization and Management

Summer I, 2004 (S1P04)

Instructor: David Hunt, Adjunct Professor

Office: Blackburn

Office Hours: 8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday

Contact Info: (816) 478-6293; dhunt1@indep.k12.mo.us

Class Dates: June 7-June 30; Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00-9:30 PM

Credit Hours – 3

                                                                                                                                                                       

MISSION STATEMENT

 

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

                                                                                                                                                                       

VISION STATEMENT

 

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learner within the global society.

                                                                                                                                                                       

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Designed to provide the prospective administrator knowledge of specific issues of organization and management of schools such as operational procedures, safety and security, human resources management, fiscal operations, budgeting, use of facilities, student discipline and various legal issues affecting operations.

                                                                                                                                               

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

 

The instructor’s role is to provide students with the opportunity to collaboratively interact in researching, presenting, discussing, and applying information related to the course objectives. The instructor will provide a variety of learning and assessment opportunities including writings, dialogues, quizzes, readings, lectures, examinations, videos and web sites.

                                                                                                                                               

LEARNER OUTCOMES

 

At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

 

1.      Understand the models of organization of school districts and schools.

2.      Gain insight into responsibilities for organizational development.

3.      Understand the relationship of an individual school with the total framework of the district operations.

4.      Clarify issues regarding human resources management and the responsibilities of both the school and district level.

5.      Gain knowledge of the process of budgetary and overall fiscal management and how the operation affects the district as a whole.

6.      Develop an understanding of facilities management and operation.

7.      Review legal issues regarding the management of human resources and physical plan management.

8.      Understand the management of students and the overall discipline implications.

9.      Become knowledgeable of issues regarding safety and security of staff and students.

10.  Study how systems, organizations and individuals grow and change.

11.  Technology and learning.

12.  Describe how principal and schools determine schedules and time allotments.

13.  Apply decision processing and decision making strategies and models in resolving administrative issues.

 

COURSE TEXT

 

There is no text needed for this class. Handouts will be provided.

                                                                                                                                                                       

ACADEMIC HONESTY

 

Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the university.

                                                                                                                                                                       

PLAGIARISM

 

Plagiarism, the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work, sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  This does not make it less serious.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their course faculty member.

                                                                                                                                                                       

ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty.  The student is responsible for all the missed work.  Absences in excess of four (4) class periods in a 16-week semester (or 2 in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Dean or Director of the individual graduate program for appropriate action.  Any student failing to attend classes for two consecutive weeks, without approved excuse, will be institutionally withdrawn (unofficially withdrawn) and notified by mail that an “F” will be recorded unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the course.  At the beginning of each course professors will announce the date and time of the final examination.

 

Plan to attend all class sessions.  In the event of an unavoidable absence, and with prior notice and approval from the facilitator, the student may substitute an individual project or paper for work missed in class.  To receive full credit, however, the project or paper must be closely related to the course content and/or learner outcomes covered during the student’s absence.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS

 

This course is designed to emphasize the application of knowledge and dispositions through structured performances requiring the student to read, analyze, and respond to a variety of educational situations.  The articulation of ideas through verbal and written discourse is paramount in maximizing learning outcomes.  Hence, all assigned work is expected to be completed in a timely fashion.  A grade reduction of 20% will be assigned for late work.  The instructor may make modifications to these requirements for unique and/or extenuating circumstances.

                                                                                                                                                                       

COURSE ASSESSMENT and EXPLANATION OF ASSIGNMENTS

 

  1. Participation/Attendance - Student attendance and participation is essential in achieving maximum learning.  It is generally expected that students will attend all scheduled class sessions and to contribute to the classroom learning environment.  However, it is recognized that occasions do arise that necessitate being absent from a class.  Students are responsible for making prior arrangements regarding a necessary absence and for completing any alternative assignments.  Besides the discussions and presentations of assignments, we will be discussing and critiquing teacher evaluations, technology plans, building use plans, district and building discipline policies, FERPA laws, district flow charts of administration, various decision making processes, activity accounts, sexual harassment policies among other topics. If you have any examples of these from your building or district, please bring them in to share.  20 points per class period (160 points)
  2. Case Study Reviews-Case studies will be given out. You should select 4 to review that reflect at least 4 of the ISSLC standards. Use the following outline:
    1. statement of the problem
    2. factors to consider
    3. proposed solutions/actions
    4. If you feel more information is needed in order to make an informed decision, what information is missing? 20 points each (80 points)
  3. Ten Interview Questions- Each student will design 10 interview questions that they would ask a prospective teacher. A brief reason for the question and the information you are looking for in a candidate’s response will be discussed during class. (50 points)
  4. In Basket Activities- These will be completed in groups during class time and some out of class. We will discuss various problems that arise on a daily basis and possible scenarios for solutions. These will be sorted into groups of high, middle and low priorities. 7 sets @ 10 points each. (70 points)
  5. Develop a Building Budget- students will be given an amount and the various budget categories for expenditures. A budget will be developed and a written explanation as to how staff will be involved and why monies were placed in each category. This will be discussed in class. (50 points)
  6. Safety Plan- students will develop a safety plan for a specific building including plans for intruders, fire, tornado, movement in the halls, placement of grade levels, etc. Can be done in groups of 3 or less if desired. (50 points)
  7. Review of Articles- Each student will research, read and summarize 4 articles related to an issue being discussed in class. A 1 to 2 page (typed double spaced) written summary will be required about how the information may be used to improve supervision along with leading a class discussion related to 2 of the article’s contents. Discussions should consist of 3 or 4 thought provoking questions that will lead to a thorough discussion of the topic by the class. (articles 4 @ 30 points each= 120 points    discussion leader  2 @ 40 points each = 80 points)
  8. Final Examination – The student will demonstrate his/her personal knowledge, disposition and performance related to school organizational topics. The students will also be required to reflect on his/her personal organizational thoughts and ideas as they relate to current cultural, social and legal trends in education. (100 points)

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

GRADING PLAN

 

Participation                       160

Case Studies                        80

In Basket Activities               70

Interview Questions              50

Safety Plan                           50

Budget                                 50

Article Reviews                  120

Discussion Leader              80

Final                                  100

Total                                  760

Scale

684 - 760 – A

608 - 683 – B

532 - 607 – C

456 - 531 – D

    0 - 317 – F

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

CLASSROOM CONDUCT

 

Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness, and excessive absences.

                                                                                                                                                                       

DISABILITY GUIDELINES

 

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability


 

                                                                                                                                                                       

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

                                                                                   

Session (1) – June 7

Ø      Get Acquainted Session

Ø      Review Course Syllabus (Schedule, Expectations, Activities, Assessments, Etc.)

Ø      In basket activity #1

Ø      Video

Ø      Organization charts

Ø      Understanding stress

                                                                                   

Session (2) – June 14  Meet at Blackburn Elementary 17302 R.D. Mize Rd.

 

Ø      Write a parent letter about a chronic head lice problem

Ø      Tour a school

Ø      Discuss security

Ø      Do a security design/plan

Ø      In Basket activity #2

Ø      Article #1 due

                                                                                   

Session (3) – June 21

 

Ø      Interviewing

Ø      Developing interview questions

Ø      Why do evaluations

Ø      In Basket activity #3

Ø      Leader effectiveness questionnaire

Ø      Discuss case studies

Ø      Article # 2 due

Ø      Article discussions as needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   

Session (4) – June 28

 

Ø      In Basket activity #4

Ø      Budgets

Ø      Begin developing a budget

Ø      Interview Questions due   discussion in class

Ø      Case Study #1 due

Ø      Article discussions as needed

                                                                                   

Sessions 5 – July 5

 

Ø      In Basket activity #5

Ø      Answer any budget questions

Ø      Building use and maintenance

Ø      Building use forms

Ø      Case Study #2 due

Ø      Article #3 due

Ø      Article discussions as needed

 

Sessions 6 – July 12

 

Ø      In Basket activity #6

Ø      Discipline

Ø      Safe Schools Law

Ø      FERPA

Ø      Discuss sexual harassment policies

Ø      Safety plan due

Ø      Case Study #3 due

Ø      Article #3 due

Ø      Article discussions as needed

 

 

 

 

 

Sessions 7 – July 19

 

Ø      In Basket activity #7

Ø      Case Study #4 due

Ø      No Child Left Behind discussion

Ø      Discussion of scheduling

Ø      Budget due

Ø      Finish Article discussions as needed

 

                                                                                   

Sessions 8 – July 26

 

Ø      Final

Ø      Course evaluation

 

 

Have a wonderful completion of your summer and a fantastic school year!! J