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ED 635 School Organization and Management
Miles, Mark T.

ED 635 School Organization & Management

Spring I, 2006 (S1P06)

Instructor:  Mark Miles, Adjunct Professor

Office:   Park Hill Education Center

               7703 NW Barry Rd.

               Kansas City, MO  64153

Office Hours:  Arranged

Contact Information:   Telephone – (816) 741-1521 ext. 311

                                          Email –

Class Dates:  Mondays, 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm, January 9 – February 27, 2006

Credit Hours – 3




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.



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



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.



The instructor’s role is to provide students with the opportunity to take an active role in reading, researching, presenting, discussing, and applying information related to the course objectives and learner outcomes.  The instructor recognizes the importance of student contributions to the learning process and encourages the collaborative exploration of ideas and issues.  The instructor will provide a variety of learning and assessment opportunities including reflective writings, collaborative dialogue, readings, lectures, examinations, videos, and electronic and print resources.



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

      [Number in brackets refers to Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standard]


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the models of organization of school districts and individual schools. [1.3.3]
  2. Demonstrate insight into responsibilities for organizational development. [1.3.3]
  3. Understand the relationship of an individual school with the total framework of the district operations. [1.3.3, 1.3.6]
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of issues regarding human resources management and the responsibilities of both the school and district levels. [1.3.3, 1.3.5]
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the process of budgetary and overall fiscal management, and how the operation affects the school and district as a whole. [1.3.3]
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of facilities management and operation. [1.3.3]
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of legal issues regarding the management of human resources and physical plant. [1.3.3, 1.3.6]
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the management of students and the overall discipline environment of the school. [1.3.2, 1.3.3]
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of issues regarding safety and security of staff and students. [1.3.3]
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of how systems, organizations, and individuals grow and change. [1.3.1, 1.3.3]
  11. Demonstrate appropriate uses of technology as applied to student learning and school management. [1.3.2]



Each student will be expected to select, read, & review a book related to the research and practice of educational administration and organizational development (with instructor approval).  In addition, readings from a variety of sources will be required.



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, 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.



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.



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.




1.      Attendance/Participation – In addition to the discussions and presentations of assignments, we will be discussing and analyzing school and district organizational charts, district and building policies and guidelines, state and federal laws, facilities assessments, safety plans, school budgets, human resources materials, and other related materials.  Each student is encouraged to obtain relevant examples of these from his/her respective building and/or district to share with class members. (8 @ 10 points each = 80 points).


2.      Article Review & Reflection – Each student will research, read, and summarize four (4) articles related to school management and/or organizational development.  A written summary will be required for each article related to how the information may be used to improve school management and organizational development.  The review should include a copy of the article, a one-two page (typed double spaced) summary of the article’s main points, and your reflection related to the implications for a future school principal.  In addition, each student will be expected to serve as a discussion leader related to two of the four articles.  Discussions should consist of three or four guiding questions that will lead to a thorough discussion of the topic by the class. (articles 4 @ 10 points each= 40 points / discussion leader  2 @ 5 points each = 10 points)


3.      No Child Left Behind Review & Analysis – Each student will review and summarize the implications of the No Child Left Behind law and guidelines found at In your review and analysis, discuss your reaction to the law and guidelines and the implications for school districts, schools, administrators, and teachers. (50 points)


4.      Practical Applications – Each student will assess and react to a variety of dilemmas, case studies, and/or vignettes. These may be both in-class and take home activities.  Use the following outline for your responses.(4 @ 10 points each = 40 points)

·        Statement of the problem

·        Factors to consider

·        Proposed solutions/actions

·        What additional information would be needed to make a more informed decision?


5.      ADA Compliance Review & Facilities Assessment – Review ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG) as amended through September 2002 located at  Complete a facilities compliance assessment for the building at which you teach using the Safety Checklists in the Missouri Public Schools Safe Facilities Guide.  The Missouri Public Schools Safe Facilities Guide may be downloaded for review and printing at (50 points)


6.      Safety Plan Preparation/Presentation – 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.  This assessment may be completed in groups of 3 or less if desired.  Students will be expected to share the major elements of the plan with class members.  (written plan = 50 points / presentation = 10 points)


7.      Building Budget Development – Students will be given monetary resources and the various budget categories for expenditures. Students will develop a budget, provide a written explanation as to how staff will be involved in the decision-making process, and articulate a rationale for the placement of monetary resources in individual categories (in-class activity) (50 points)


8.      Human Resources Management/Interview Questions – Each student will design ten interview questions that he/she would ask a prospective teacher. A rationale for each question and the critical information you are seeking in a candidate’s response will be discussed during class. (30 points)


9.      Book Review – Each student will be expected to select, read, & review a book related to the research and practice of educational administration and organizational development (with instructor approval).  During a presentation of the book, a written summary of the book and its implications for educational research, practice, and/or development should be provided to class members. (40 points)


10.  Final Examination – The student will demonstrate his/her personal knowledge, disposition, and performance related to school organizational topics.  Each student will also be required to reflect on his/her personal organizational thoughts and ideas as they relate to current cultural, social, economic, and legal trends in education. (50 points)






Attendance/Participation                                                           80

Article Reviews                                                                            40

Article Discussion                                                                       10

NCLB Review & Analysis                                                          50

Practical Applications                                                                40

ADA Compliance Review & Facilities Assessment                   50

Safety Plan Preparation                                                             50

Safety Plan Presentation                                                            10

Building Budget Development                                                  50

Human Resources Management/Interview Questions            30

Book Review                                                                               40

Final Examination                                                                      50


Total                                                                                         500


450 - 500 – A

400 - 449 – B

350 - 399 – C

300 - 349 – D

    0 - 299 – F




A student 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.



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:




Session 1 – January 9

Ø      Building a collaborative classroom climate (Who are we?)

o       Let’s get acquainted

Ø      Review syllabus, course requirements, & expectations

Ø      Mapping your career path

Ø      Mapping your school organization & administration

Ø      Administrative uses of technology


Session 2 – January 16

Ø      Mapping your district organization & administration

o       Obtain/create district organizational chart

Ø      Legal basis for school structure and organization

Ø      FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) Issues

Ø      Missouri Safe Schools Act & Student Discipline

Ø      Article presentations


Due:    District organizational chart

            Book selection summary & rationale

            Board of Education student discipline policies, forms, guidelines

            Article #1 summary & reflection


Session 3 – January 23

Ø      No Child Left Behind Student Reports

Ø      Summary of NCLB Issues and Implications

Ø      Practical Application #1 (in-class activity)


Due:    No Child Left Behind summary & reflection


Session 4 – January 30

Ø      ADA Compliance & Facilities Reports

Ø      Article presentations

Ø      Practical Application #2 (in-class activity)


Due:    ADA Compliance & facilities assessment

Article #2 summary & reflection





Session 5 – February 6

Ø      Independent research & reflection

Ø      Investigate school safety plan

Ø      Investigate school budget process



Session 6 – February 13

Ø      Safety Plan Reports

Ø      School Budgeting Process

Ø      Preparing a school budget (in-class activity)

Ø      Practical Application #3 (in-class activity)


Due:    School safety plan & analysis


Session 7 – February 20

Ø      Human Resources

Ø      Developing interview questions (in-class activity)

Ø      Article presentations

Ø      Practical Application #4 (in-class activity)


Due:    Article #3 summary & reflection

            Book review & presentation


Session 8 – February 27

Ø      Article presentations

Ø      Final Examination

Ø      Course Evaluation


Due:  Article #4 summary & reflection