ED635 School Organization & Management

for S1P 2009

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ED 635 School Organization & Management


S1P 2009 ED


Brown, Michael S.


Adjunct Professor


Doctorate - Educational Leadership
Ed. Specialist - Administration
Masters - Administration

Office Location

Plaza Middle School - Park Hill School District

Office Hours


Daytime Phone


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Semester Dates

January 14-March 4

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:
ED635 School Organization and Management: 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)

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

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

1. Participation - 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. (50 points)

2. Weekly ReflectionsEach student should submit five weekly reflections starting with week three. The reflection journal is to be submitted each class period and should include the student’s reaction to course activities (subject matter, discussions, comments, presentations, etc.) that occurred the preceding week. They should not be simply an accounting of course activities, but should include comments related to learning and instructional methodology. Each week’s reflection should be approximately one typed double spaced page in length. These are personal reflections. They are what you think and believe related to what you are learning. Whereas your comments are your personal beliefs and reactions, they will be assess based on how they related to the previous weeks activities, not on the positions taken. (5 @ 20 points each = 100 points)

3. Journal Annotation each student will select one (1) journal or newspaper article to present to colleagues during the course of the class. Each student will provide a short summary of the article, his/her reflective thoughts and opinions of the article, and one or two group discussion questions for the group. Due Date – as scheduled – schedule will be determined on the first night of class. (50 points)

4. 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. (100 points)


5. Personal Vision Statement – Each student will create a personal vision statement reflecting their beliefs with regard to supervision and educational leadership. The paper will be your personal statement concerning student outcomes, instructional climate, teaching and learning, leadership and governance. The personal statement should also have an introduction and conclusion. The final copy will be due at our last class on May 9th. (100 points)

6. Building School Improvement Plan- Students will be provided qualitative and quantitative school data along with other factors concerning a particular school. The data will be used in formulating a 5 year Building School Improvement Plan for a particular school. The plan should include overall at least 3 focus areas with SMART goals, objectives and rationale for the focus (utilizing the data). This project can be done individually or in a team of 2 or 3 students. Each individual or team will present their plan in a formal 15-20 minute presentation to the class as if the audience was the superintendent and his/her cabinet. The use of technology and visuals are encouraged in the presentations. The plans and the presentations are due on May 2nd. (Plan = 100 points and Presentation = 50 points)

7. Field Experience Reflection – At the end of the class, each students will be expected to write a description and a reflection regarding their 10 hours of field experience dealing with one or more of the learning outcomes and demonstrate his/her personal knowledge, disposition, and performance related to the learning outcomes of the class. (100 points)



Attendance/Participation                                                         50

Journal Annotation                                                                   50

Weekly Reflections                                                                 100                                                              

Book Review and Presentation                                             100

Personal Vision Statement                                                    100

Building School Improvement Plan and Presentation     150

Field Experience and Reflection                                           100

             650 Total

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 absences.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Session 1 – January 14

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

o   Where have we been?

o   Where are we now?

o   Where do we plan on going?

Ø Review syllabus, course requirements, & expectations

Ø Course is built on Practical Application

Ø ISLLC Standards

Ø Administrative Philosophy

Ø Personal Vision Statement

Ø Mapping your school organization & administration


Session 2 – January 21

Ø Journal Annotation

Ø Weekly Reflection Discussion

Ø No Child Left Behind Legislation

Ø Increased Accountability of Schools

Ø Mapping your district organization & administration

o   Obtain/create district organizational chart

Ø Comprehensive School Improvement Plan

Ø Building School Improvement Plan

Ø Professional Learning Communities

Ø Utilizing Data

Ø School Improvement

Ø Administrative Use of Technology

Due:    District organizational chart

            Book selection and rationale

            Weekly Reflection

            Journal Annotation (if scheduled)


Session 3 – January 28

Ø Journal Annotation

Ø Weekly Reflection Discussion

Ø Legal basis for school structure and organization

Ø FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) Issues

Ø Missouri Safe Schools Act & Student Discipline

Ø Discipline – In-basket scenarios (class activity)

Due: Board of Education student discipline policies, forms, guidelines

            Weekly Reflection

            Journal Annotation (if scheduled)



Session 4 – February 4 (Meet at Plaza Middle School – Park Hill School District)

Ø Journal Annotation

Ø Weekly Reflection

Ø Facilities Management

Ø ADA Compliance & Facilities Reports

Ø Crisis Response and Safety Plan

Ø School Budget Process

Ø Practical Application #2 (in-class activity)

Due:   Crisis Response Plan from your own school

            Budget from your own school (if possible)

            Weekly Reflection

            Journal Annotation (if scheduled)


Session 5 – February 11 (No Formal Class meeting)

Ø Independent work –

o   Building School Imp. Plan – Book Review – Personal Vision Statement


Session 6 – February 18

Ø Journal Annotation

Ø Week Reflection Discussion

Ø Human Resources

Ø Hiring – Evaluating – Developing – Supervising (processes)

Ø Mock interviews and discussions (class activity)

Ø Personal Vision Statements rough draft – peer observation and reflection

Due:    Personal Vision Statement rough draft

            Weekly Reflection

Journal Annotation (if scheduled)




Session 7 – February 25

Ø Journal Annotation

Ø Weekly Reflection

Ø Book Review Presentations

Ø Final Questions – Building School Improvement Plan

Ø Group work time

Due:    Book Review and Presentation


Session 8 – March 4

Ø Field Experience Reflection sharing

Ø Building School Improvement Plan Presentations

Due: Building School Improvement Plan and Presentation

         Personal Vision Statement

         Field Experience Reflection

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25


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 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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 for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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