ED625 Secondary School Administration

for S2P 2009

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The School for Education at Park University, an institution committed to diversity and best practice, prepares educators to be effective school professionals, reflective change agents, and advocates for equity and excellence for all learners.

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School For Education Vision Statement
The School for Education at Park University is to be known as a leader in the preparation of educators who will address the needs, challenges, and possibilities of the 21st century.

Park University School for Education  Conceptual Framework


ED 625 Secondary School Administration


S2P 2009 ED


Singer, James D.


Associate Professor/Director of Graduate Programs


PhD--Kansas State--Administration and Foundations

Office Location

Park Downtown Campus, Suite 900

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

816-559-5626 Work

Other Phone

816-213-9385 Cell




Semester Dates

March 16-May 8 2009

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM

Credit Hours


The 8th Habit, From Effectiveness to Greatness, Dr. Stephen R. Covey, ISBN-13:9780684846651

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

8th Habit Personal Workbook, Dr. Stephen R. Covey, ISBN-13:9780743293198

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Course Description:
ED625 Elementary School Administration: Designed to provide a thorough understanding of the elementary principalship. Provides an overview of relevant issues including student assessment, curriculum design and organization and activities, student programs, supervision of students, procedures for implementing school improvement, and the day-to-day operation of the elementary school. (A ten hour field experience component is required.)

Educational Philosophy:
My personal educational philosophy is to help every person form their life as if it were a work of art.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the leadership and management roles of a secondary principal, and describe how these roles contribute to the management of an effective school.
  2. Analyze the impact of organizational, community, and legal forces upon the leadership of an effective school.
  3. Develop plans for effective school and community relations and communications.
  4. Develop skills for planning school programs and initiating school improvements.
  5. Devise plans for appropriate student placement and services to provide an orderly and positive learning environment.
  6. Describe and critique various patterns for class scheduling and deployment of instructional and support staff.
  7. Follow appropriate procedures for staff recruitment, selection, and termination.
  8. Communicate the principal's role in handling grievances, professional negotiations, and contract administration.
  9. Apply procedures for effective and responsible use of school funds, facilities, equipment, and supplies.
  10. Discuss various models for administrative decision-making, and select appropriate models for given situations.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Six position papers based on work with your principal, research, and knowledge you have gained:  20 points each, 120 points total
Personal mission paper:  80 points


Grading scale:  90-100%--A

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:
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. You are expected to demonstrate grace in all situations, just as you will be expected to do as a school administrator.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

March 16--Introduction to the Principalship
                  What do you want to know?
                  Chapters 1-3  The Pain, The Problem, The Solution--
                       not being satisfied with good--
                  Videos:  Legacy
                                Max & Max
                                Discovery of a Character
                  Coming to Concensus:  chocolate chip cookies, Presidents, families
                  Forming a School Mission Statement
                  Forming a Personal Mission Statement    
                  Assignment:  Review a copy of your local school safety plan and
                      visit with one of your  administrators about it.  Develop a paper
                      giving an overview of the document and your reaction to it.
March 23:  Oral presentations of assigned paper and class reactions...
                  Chapters 4, 5--Finding Your Voice
                      Discover your voice--unopened birth gifts--video: Law of the
                      Express your voice--vision, discipline, passion, and conscience
                          video:  Stone
                  The ultimate professional:  taking the high roads in all situations
                  School safety plans
                  Assignment:  Visit with your principal about your school or district
                      discipline plan--write a document including an overview, your
                      reaction to it, and determine why it might be important.
March 30:  Oral presentation of papers and class reactions
                  Discipline With Love and Logic
                  Chapters 6, 7:
                      Inspiring Others to Find Their Voice--The Leadership Challenge
                          --video: Permanant Whitewater
                      The Voice of Leadership:  Being a Trim-Tab--video:  Mauritius
                      Instructional Leadership:  Monitoring curriculum,
                         implementation and assessment
                      Assignment:  Visit with your principal about selection, retention,
                         and evaluation of personnel.  Develop a two page document
                         summarizing the importance of precision in handling personnel
                         issues and strategies to assure that is done.
April 6:  Oral presentations of papers and class reactions
                      Personnel issues and strategies
              Chapters 8, 9
                  The Voice of Trustworthiness--Modeling Character and
                      Competence--Ethical Leadership--video:  Big Rocks--
                  The Voice and Speed of Trust--video:  Teacher
                  How will you assure that you live with grace--especially when under
                  Communication skills--verbal and written--telling the story of your
                  Assignment:  Following consultation with your principal, develop a
                      paper regarding sharing the story of your school and strategies to
                      do so--
April 13:  Oral presentation of papers and class reaction
                Public relations in our schools
                Dealing with difficult adults
                Chapters 10, 11:
                    Blending Voices--Searching for the Third Alternative
                        --video:  Street Hawkers
                    One Voice--Pathfinding Shared Vision, Values and Strategy--
                        --video:  Goal
                 Executing the strategic plan
                 The Hudson River Landing of U.S. Airways Jet
                 Assignment:  Based on visiting with your principal and what you
                     have learned in your classes, develop a document describing the
                     perfect superintendent for whom you might work.  Explain why
                     each of the characteristics are important to you.
April 20:  Oral presentations of papers and class reactions
                The Perfect Boss and Why You Will Never Work for Him/Her
                Chapters 12, 13:
                    The Voice and Discipline of Execution--Aligning Goals and
                       Systems for Results--video:  Berlin Wall
                    The Empowering Voice--Releasing Passion and Talent--video:
                       The Nature of Leadership
                    Effective Time Management
                    Technology in Your School
                    Assignment:  Following consultation with your principal, develop
                         a document addressing the following:  How do you empower
                         employees in an environment that is highly regulated, with the
                         constant intrusion of new mandates, policies, and regulations?
                         Complete a self disposition
April 27:  Oral presentation of paper and class reaction
                The Age of Wisdom
                Chapters 14, 15:
                     Hitting the Sweet Spot of Personal, Leadership, and
                         Organizational Greatness--video:  It's Not Just Important, It's
                             Wildly Important
                         Using Our Voices Wisely to Serve Others
May 4:  Final Examination--Presentation of Personal Mission Statement

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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