ED635 School Organization & Management

for S1P 2010

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ED 635 School Organization & Management


S1P 2010 ED


Singer, James D.


Director of Graduate Education Programs, Associate Professor


PhD--Kansas State--Administration and Foundations
MEd--Washburn University--Administration
BEd--Washburn University--Education

Office Location

Downtown KC, Suite 900

Office Hours

9:00--4:00 Weekdays

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

Cell:  816-213-9385




Semester Dates

January 11-March 7, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM



Credit Hours



Required:  A Casebook for School Leaders:  Linking the ISLLC Standards to Effective Practice, 3e, Karen L. Hanson, 2009, ISBN 0136126820

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Recommended:  The Official Study Guide, School Leaders Licensure Assessment, Test Code: 1011, 2009:  --order from www.ets.org--eBook
Test Code: 1011
Free Test Preparation: Test at a Glance (PDF)
Reducing Test Anxiety (PDF)
Priced Test Preparation:
Study Guide Study Guide (e-book)
School Leaders Licensure Assessment Study Guide, Revised 2009
This School Leaders Licensure Assessment Study Guide eBook was created by ETS test-makers. Available for immediate download, this guide contains content outlines, information on the types of questions found on the test, test-taking strategies, study topics with sample questions, and practice questions with correct answers and detailed explanations that present the basis for each correct answer

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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 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.

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:  Graceful, timely and reflective participation in class activities (100 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? (100 points) 
  3. Interviews With Principals--This will require interviewing your principal about ISLLC standards I-VI and writing an analysis and reaction paper for each. (100 points) 
  4. In Basket Group 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. (100 points)
  5. 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. (100 points)
  6. 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)


Participation                       200
Case Study Reviews           100

Interviews w/Principals     100                                                      

Group Activities                 100                              

Article Reviews                 200

Final                                   100

Total                                   800


720-800 – A

640-719 – B

560-639 – C

400-559 – D

000-339 – 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:

*Respectful communication skills are to exhibited at all times.
*The use of cell phones, during instructional time, is subject to approval of the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1, January 14:
Overview of syllabus
Overview of portfolio graduation requirement
Overview of School Leader's Licensure Assessment
Preparation tips for School Leader's Licensure Assessment
ISLLC Standard I:  Vision and Goals
In-Basket Activities
Dealing With Administrator Stress
Week 2, January 21
Review of articles
ISLLC Standard II:  Teaching and Learning
In-Basket Activities
Group Activities:  Compose a letter to parents regarding low school achievement scores on state
Week 3, January 28
Review of Articles
ISLLC Standard III:  Managing Organizational Systems and Safety
In-Basket Activities
Review of school safety plans from your schools
Group Activity:  Compose a letter giving an overview of school safety practices
Week 4, February 4
Review of Articles
ISLLC Standard IV:  Collaborating With Key Stakeholders
In-Basket Activities
Group Activity:  Determine the organizational structure of your first School Improvement
    Planning Team
Week 5, February 11
Review of Articles
ISLLC Standard V:  Ethics and Integrity
In Basket Activities
Group Activity:  Create a plan of action regarding violation of assessment guidelines by one or
     more teachers assigned to you
Completion of self-dispositions
Week 6, February 18
Review of Articles
ISLLC Standard VI:  The Education System
Group Activity:  Develop a plan to enhance student achievement, involving all staff members
      and all school families
Week 7, February 25
Review of Articles
Review of ISLLC Standards I-VI
Group Activity:  Analyze how the ISLLC Standards for administrators also apply to staff
Completion of instructor dispositions of students
Week 8, March 4
Final Examination

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 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


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 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

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 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

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 .

Additional Information:
As this class is designed, the work that you do will closely parallel work required for your portfolio as well as preparation for taking the School Leader's Licensure Assessment.


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