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Viewing: EDUC 8277 : Advanced Instructional Leadership for School Improvement

Last approved: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:12:11 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:25:01 GMT

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Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Educational Leadership (EDUC)
Advanced Instructional Leadership for School Improvement
Adv Instr LdrshpSchool Improv
Summer 2016
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Introduction to the role of the instructional leader from school and district perspectives. Students gain theoretical and practical skills and knowledge in areas including instructional improvement; education reform; accountability; conditions for improvement; and planning and sustaining change.
Identify, explain, and employ various approaches to school improvement • Understand how to triangulate multiple types of evidence from a variety of sources to inform action in a recurring cycle of improvement; • Design and lead a process of improvement, particularly to address issues of access and inequality and to improve learning for students who have not been served well; • Acquire knowledge and use data that is valid and reliable to confirm what is working well and reveal instructional gaps between the current reality and the shared vision. • Review research and apply research-based strategies that align to data-driven goals to promote student achievement. • Design instructional improvement goals and develop an action plan to achieve those goals for the purpose of instructional improvement and student achievement. • Facilitate effective professional learning for adults, using key understandings of adult learning and knowledge of how to implement research-based approaches in practice; • Develop knowledge of various leadership theories related to leading change through the school improvement process. • Understand current societal contexts and issues impacting schools, accountability, and education reform strategies deployed at the state and local levels. • Build effective teams to accomplish projects and meet improvement; • Develop and implement an innovative policy or program for a population underserved at any level of education. • Utilize case studies from the state, district, and school levels to inform their own learning and plans for action throughout the program. The activities through which this knowledge will be developed incorporate the following skills needed by scholar-leaders in the K-12 education environment: reviewing research and applying research to practice; analysis of data and evidence; problem-solving; writing; verbal communication and presentation; and group decision-making.
This course is designed to introduce students to the role of the instructional leader, from both the school and district perspective, and to prepare scholar-leaders to lead an ongoing process of school improvement. This course is unique in two ways: it will provide students with both the theoretical basis of how to lead instructional improvement and the practical experience of using evidence to design and lead a process of improvement and then evaluate the results, and it will focus specifically on the leader’s role in instructional improvement, a critical component of leadership in today’s educational environment. Students will apply theory to practice through their own leadership project and in case-based experiences throughout the course, using research on instructional leadership to inform their work.
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The Educational Administration EdD program with the specialization in Education Administration seeks to focus our program and course content on our primary student market: individuals working in K-12 educational settings. By preparing our EdD graduates to be scholar-leaders in K-12 educational environments, we can ensure that graduates are ready to apply findings from educational research and utilize local evidence to improve learning for students directly in K-12 settings. This course, approved by the program, the department, and GSEHD Doctoral Studies Committee will hone the student's vision of leadership related to school improvement, impart skills and knowledge to lead instructional improvement and develop their understanding of various educational settings.
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