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ED 635 School Organization and Management
Brown, Michael S.

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ED 635 School Organization and Management


S1P 2007 EDI


Brown, Michael S.


Dr. Mike Brown, Adjunct Professor

Office Location

Plaza Middle School 6501 72nd St.  KC, MO 64152

Office Hours


Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

January 17 - March 7 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM

Credit Hours



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

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Course Description:
Designed to provide the prospective school leader with knowledge and competencies related to specific issues of organization and management of schools. Operational procedures, safety and security, human resource management, fiscal operations, budgeting, use of facilities, ADA compliance, student discipline and various legal issues affecting operations are addressed. (A 10-hour field experience component is required.). 3 cr.

Educational Philosophy:


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.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate and 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 knowledgeable 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]

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:


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

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

Classroom Rules of Conduct:



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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Session 1 – January 17

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      ISLLC Standards

Ø      Administrative Philosophy

Ø      Professional Learning Communities

Ø      School Improvement Process

Ø      Mapping your school organization & administration


Session 2 – January 24

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 31

Ø      Increased Accountability of Schools

Ø      Standardized Testing and Common Assessments

Ø      Data Driven – Results Oriented

Ø      Administrative Uses of Technology

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 – February 7

Ø      Facilities Management

Ø      ADA Compliance & Facilities Reports

Ø      Article presentations

Ø      Practical Application #2 (in-class activity)


Due: Article #2 summary & reflection


Session 5 – February 14

Ø      Crisis Response and Safety Plan

Ø      Independent research & reflection

Ø      Investigate school safety plan

Ø      Investigate school budget process


Due: ADA Compliance & Facilities asessment


Session 6 – February 21

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 28

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 – March 7

Ø      Article presentations

Ø      Final Examination

Ø      Course Evaluation


Due: Article #4 summary & reflection

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain 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. Students are responsible for any 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 Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

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. In the case 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: .



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