Leadership and Supervision in Education – EDUC 642

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Methods, theories and research applying to supervision and leadership: analyses made concerning the work of curriculum directors, general supervisors, special supervisors, and department heads; study of supervisory methods current plans for staff utilization and use of instructional materials; and stress on evaluation of educational programs and the effects of supervision.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

One of the primary responsibilities of an administrator is leadership and supervision of instruction and the development of quality instructional personnel for the improvement of student achievement. This requires specific skills, dispositions, techniques, and processes, as well as a knowledge base in instructional practices and curricular materials. This course provides students the opportunity to develop their personal philosophy of leadership and supervision and to practice the task of evaluating and providing feedback to teachers.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of effective instruction to improve instructional leadership and supervision practices and curricular materials.
  2. Evaluate how technology and information systems can be used to enrich curriculum and instruction to monitor instructional practices and provide staff the assistance needed for improvement.
  3. Demonstrate how to assist school personnel in understanding and applying best practices for instructional leadership, supervision and personnel management.
  4. Apply appropriate research strategies to promote an environment for improved school leadership, staff supervision and student achievement.
  5. Create well-planned, context-appropriate professional development programs based on reflective practice and research on student learning consistent with the school vision and goals.
  6. Utilize tools such as observation protocols with teachers and other school personnel to improve student achievement.
  7. Design an appropriate plan of action by completing an evaluation cycle utilizing classroom observations and conference forms.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

These demonstrate how to assist school personnel in understanding and applying best practices for instructional leadership, supervision and personnel management

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (7)

The candidate will complete 7 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The thread must be at least 350 words. The candidate must also post 2 replies of at least 200 words each. This component is a requirement and demonstrates course-related knowledge, skills and abilities. Meets Learning Outcomes A-G

Article Reviews (2)

The candidate will review 2 professional journal articles in the field of educational leadership. Each review must be no more than 3 pages, not including the reference page and title page, and must be written in current APA format. The review will include a section for the candidate to write their reflection of the article. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Presentations (2)

The candidate will complete 2 PowerPoint presentations, each with a 15-slide maximum. A reference page is required with a minimum of 5 references in current APA format. The presentation should be applicable to supervision and leadership and be reflective on best practices in staff professional development. (MLO: C, D, E, F)

Case Studies (2)

The candidate will present 2 Case Studies based on provided scenarios during this course. Each Case Study must be 2–3 pages in length, double-spaced, and submitted as a Word document in APA format. The Case Study should include a title page and a reference page in APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Observation Protocols

The candidate will research at least 10 different observation protocols (classroom observation forms) and create an electronic portfolio explaining the details of each protocol. The portfolio must include a reference page including the URL link(s) for each protocol researched. The Portfolio must include a title page and a reference page in APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Observation Cycle

The candidate will design a virtual observation cycle. The candidate will demonstrate how he/she would handle a pre-conference, observe a practicing teacher, and then develop a post-conference script based on research based best-practices. This assignment will be submitted in Blackboard. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)