ED635 School Organization

for F1P 2007

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School For Education Mission Statement
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.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

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 635 School Organization


F1P 2007 EDX


Hunt, David Scott


Adjunct Professor


EDD  superintendent
MED principal K-8
BSED  teacher 1-8

Office Location

17302 R.D. Mize Rd.

Office Hours


Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

August 20-October 8

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


This student will be expected to select, read and review a book related to the reseacrch and practice of educational administration and organizational development (with instructor approval). In addition, readincgs from a vairety 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)

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. Attendance – Meetings will be set up on a regular basis to meet the student and professor schedules. (160 pts)
  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? 20 points each (80 points)
  3. Ten Interview Questions- Each student will design 10 interview questions that they would ask a prospective teacher. A brief reason for the question and the information you are looking for in a candidate’s response will be discussed during class. (50 points)
  4. In Basket 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. These will be sorted into groups of high, middle and low priorities. 7 sets @ 10 points each. (70 points)
  5. Develop a Building Budget- students will be given an amount and the various budget categories for expenditures. A budget will be developed and a written explanation as to how staff will be involved and why monies were placed in each category. This will be discussed in class. (50 points)
  6. Safety Plan- 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. Can be done in groups of 3 or less if desired. (50 points)
  7. 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. (articles 4 @ 30 points each= 120 points    discussion leader  2 @ 40 points each = 80 points)
  8. 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                       160

Case Studies                        80

In Basket Activities               70

Interview Questions              50

Safety Plan                           50

Budget                                 50

Article Reviews                  120

Discussion Leader              80

Final                                  100

Total                                  760


684 - 760 – A

608 - 683 – B

532 - 607 – C

456 - 531 – D

    0 - 317 – 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:

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Session (1) –

Ø      Get Acquainted Session

Ø      Review Course Syllabus (Schedule, Expectations, Activities, Assessments, Etc.)

Ø      In basket activity #1

Ø      Video

Ø      Organization charts

Ø      Understanding stress


Session (2) –


Ø      Write a parent letter about a chronic head lice problem

Ø      Tour a school

Ø      Discuss security

Ø      Do a security design/plan

Ø      In Basket activity #2

Ø      Article #1 due


Session (3) –


Ø      Interviewing

Ø      Developing interview questions

Ø      Why do evaluations

Ø      In Basket activity #3

Ø      Leader effectiveness questionnaire

Ø      Discuss case studies

Ø      Article # 2 due

Ø      Article discussions as needed









Session (4) –


Ø      In Basket activity #4

Ø      Budgets

Ø      Begin developing a budget

Ø      Interview Questions due   discussion in class

Ø      Case Study #1 due

Ø      Article discussions as needed


Sessions 5 –


Ø      In Basket activity #5

Ø      Answer any budget questions

Ø      Building use and maintenance

Ø      Building use forms

Ø      Case Study #2 due

Ø      Article #3 due

Ø      Article discussions as needed


Sessions 6 –


Ø      In Basket activity #6

Ø      Discipline

Ø      Safe Schools Law

Ø      FERPA

Ø      Discuss sexual harassment policies

Ø      Safety plan due

Ø      Case Study #3 due

Ø      Article #3 due

Ø      Article discussions as needed






Sessions 7 –


Ø      In Basket activity #7

Ø      Case Study #4 due

Ø      No Child Left Behind discussion

Ø      Discussion of scheduling

Ø      Budget due

Ø      Finish Article discussions as needed



Sessions 8 –


Ø      Final

Ø      Course evaluation




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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26


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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 28

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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Last Updated:8/21/2007 10:42:30 AM