School-Community Relations – EDAS 646

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Concepts and specific techniques in school-community relations involving the development and maintenance of purposeful programs of communication and collaboration between school personnel and the community. Includes appropriate field projects relating theory to practice.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

School administrators and prospective school administrators who aspire to be adequately prepared in the development of effective school-community relations will find this course helpful. This course meets licensure standards mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia. A student qualifying for admission into the Educational Administration Graduate Program at Liberty University should consider this course as one of the required courses in this program.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and journal articles

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences integrated into course content. Each candidate will complete 3 Discussion assignments throughout this course. For each assignment, the candidate will submit 1 thread of at least 450 words in response to a prompt, and 2 replies to classmates of at least 200 words. For each thread, the candidate must support his/her assertions with at least 2 reference citations in current APA format. The candidate will also cite 2 sources for each reply. Acceptable sources include the course textbook, the Bible, journals, books, videos, and/or related articles.

The candidate will complete and submit a Practicum Proposal Form outlining the proposed activities to meet the 30-hour Practicum requirement for the course.  Activities will focus on school and community-related events, meetings, and experiences.

School-Community Benchmark Project

The purpose of the School-Community Benchmark Project is to provide an opportunity for the student to align school, student, and family needs with the services of community organizations.  The project will be submitted in several parts:

1. Demographic Study

The candidate will complete a demographic study using at least 2 references. This paper must be formatted according to current APA style, submitted through a plagiarism detection tool, and include a reference page.

2. Needs Assessment

The candidate will compile a needs assessment using at least 3 references. This paper must be formatted according to current APA style, submitted through a plagiarism detection tool, and include a reference page.

3. Community Resources Report

The candidate will write an analysis of community resources. This report must include an annotated directory, a reference page, at least 2 sources, and must be formatted according to current APA style.

4. Service Proposal

The candidate will write a proposal as the final stage of the project for this course. The candidate will use the demographic study, needs assessment, and community resources report completed previously to develop a plan for community service. This assignment requires at least 2 references, must be formatted according to current APA style, and must be submitted through a plagiarism detection tool.

5. Final Submission

The entire School-Community Benchmark Project must be submitted in Canvas and LiveText by the end of the course.

School Board Meeting Critique

The candidate will attend a school board meeting and write a 2–3-page critique using the template provided.

Interview with Principal Reflection

The candidate will interview a principal using the template provided. This assignment must be 1–2 pages.

Written Press Release

The candidate will write a 1–2-page press release using the guidelines provided in the text. This assignment must be formatted according to current APA style and must be submitted through a plagiarism detection tool.

Quizzes (4)

The candidate will complete 4 quizzes based on the assigned textbook readings. These quizzes are a combination of multiple-choice questions and essay questions and are open-book/open-notes.

The candidate will complete this in the provided form and include relevant information from the practicum.  This assignment is required in order to pass this course.

The candidate's onsite mentor will complete the FEA online (in LiveText).  The mentor will receive an email from Liberty with a link, username, and password to access the FEA.  This assignment is required in order to pass this course.