The program develops the knowledge, attitudes and performances needed for effective school leadership. We continually focus on matters of learning and teaching, and the creation of powerful educational communities that value and support all learners. Our work is to develop a deeper and more productive understanding of school leadership resulting in ethical actions reflecting integrity and fairness.
As a graduate student, you will develop:
Strategic Leadership by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning to promote the success of all students that is shared and supported by the school community.
- Articulate and consistently demonstrate a philosophy of education that considers sociological, cultural and historical foundations.
- Develop vision and purpose with others.
- Use leadership processes to achieve common goals.
- Value ethical action in the educational community.
- Support innovations within the school community.
- Engage in problem-solving techniques and decision-making skills.
- Use data to make informed decisions.
- Provide ongoing assessment of people, programs, plans, processes and products.
- Address competing priorities and values.
Instructional Leadership by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
- Create with others an inclusive community of learners.
- Participate actively in the design and implementation of curriculum, instruction, and assessment utilizing research-based, best practices.
- Promote effective teaching and learning styles.
- Facilitate curriculum, instruction, and assessment which honor diversity in gender, ethnicity, culture, language, socio-economic status, and exceptionalities.
- Promote assessing student progress using a variety of techniques.
- Use teacher supervision and evaluation to influence teaching and learning.
- Plan strategies collaboratively to encourage the developing professional.
Organizational Leadership by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
- Encourage participation in or development of activities outside the classroom that promote learner growth and development.
- Understand existing policies and implement practices that provide for the safety, health, and welfare of the educational community.
- Apply a systems perspective, viewing schools as open structures interacting with external environments.
- Understand processes for the recruitment, selection and induction of personnel with attention to equity and diversity.
- Identify and analyze the major sources of fiscal and non-fiscal resources for schools.
- Understand the budget planning and implementation process involving the school community and driven by identified priorities.
- Facilitate support and performance appraisal for non-instructional staff.
Community and Political Leadership by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, mobilizing community resources, and by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
- Address conditions affecting learning by collaborating and developing relationships with community agencies to integrate health, social and other services for families.
- Promote multicultural awareness, gender sensitivity, socio-economic, racial and ethnic understanding in the school and community.
- Form collaborative relationships and builds support with district personnel.
- Develop an understanding of communication plans and public relations programs.
- Act in accordance with legal provisions and statutory requirements.
- Make decisions based on the moral and ethical implications of policy options and political strategies.
- Demonstrate sensitivity, respect and empathy for multiple perspectives.