ED635 School Organization & Management

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ED 635 School Organization & Management


S1P 2012 EDZ


Hunt, David Scott


Adjunct Faculty


MED- Elementary Principal
EDS- Superintendent

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18400 E. 19th St. S.   Independence, MO 64057

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ISBN:0136126820 ISBN-13:9780136126829 A Casebook for School Leaders : Linking the ISLLC Standards to Effective Practice/ Edition 3
by Karen Hanson 
PUB. DATE: 2008 PUBLISHER:Prentice Hall            Book Price: $22.59


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Course Description:
ED635 School Organization and Management: This course is 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 websites. 

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/Attendance- Students 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 class. Students are responsible for making prior arrangements regarding a necessary absence and for completing any alternative assignments. Besides the discussions and presentations of assignments, we will be discussing and critiquing teacher evaluations, technology plans, building use plans, district and building discipline policies, FERPA laws, district flow charts of administration, various decision making processes, activity accounts, sexual harassment policies among other topics. If you have any examples from your building or district, please bring them to share with the class. 20 points per class period (160 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. Us the following outline:
a. statement of the problem
b. factors to be considered
c. proposed solutions/actions
d. 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 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. 
articles4 @ 30 points each (120 pints)  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 Scale

Case Studies   80 684 - 760  A
In Basket Activities   70 608 - 683  B
Interview Questions   50 532 - 607  C
Safety Plan   50 456 - 531  D
Budget   50    0 - 317   F
Article Reviews 120
Discussion Leader   80
Final 100
Total 760

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. Work over 1 week late will be scored as a 0. The instructor may make modifications to these requirements for unique and/or estenuatin 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 for the classroom to expulsion from Park University. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness and excessive absences. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Session 1

Get acquainted activity
review of course syllabus
in basket activity #1
organization charts
understanding stress lecture

Session 2
write a parent letter about a chronic head lice problem
tour a school
discuss security
do a security design/plan
in basket activity #2
article #1 due

Session 3
developing interview questions
why do evaluations?
in basket activity #3
leader effectiveness questionnaire
discuss case studies
article #2 due
article discussions as needed

Session 4
in basket activity #4
begin developing a budget
interview questions due 
case study #1 due
article discussions as needed

Session 5
in basket activity #5
answer any budget questions
building use and maintenance
building use forms
case study #2 due
article discussion as needed

Session 6
in basket activity #6
Safe Schools Law
discuss sexual harassment policies
safety plan due
case study #3 due
article #3 due
article discussions as needed

Session 7
in basket activity #7
case study #4 due
No Child Left Behind discussion
discussion of scheduling
budget due
finish article discussion as needed

Session 8

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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21
Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park University will not tolerate cheating, or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers and any other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the university.


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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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