EDAD 5300: Introduction to Educational Leadership

The University of North Texas at Dallas
Dr. Jerry R. Burkett
Spring 2018
Dal1, 262

EDAD 5300: Introduction to Educational Leadership

Course Outline
This schedule is subject to change by the instructor. Any changes to this schedule will be communicated by the instructor in class or online.
Date Topic Suggested Readings Assignments/Discussion
January 22, 2018 Introduction, Syllabus, Course Description Whitaker: Ch. 3,19,20; Marzano: Ch. 2 Discussion:
What does it mean to be a campus leader?What gives you the right to lead?
January 29, 2018 Finding Your Strengths
The 21 Responsibilities of a School Leader
Marzano: Ch. 5
Rath: Part I: Finding Your Strengths
Responsibilities of a School Leader Inventory
Strengths Finder 2.0 Inventory
February 5, 2018 Applying Your Strengths Rath: Part II: Applying Your Strengths Article Discussion

Strengths Finder 2.0 Discussion

February 12, 2018 People, Not Programs, Develop an Accurate Sense of Self, Who is the Variable, Respect, Campus Leader Practice Whitaker: Ch. 2,3,4 Article Discussion

Reflection #1 Due

February 19, 2018 Treat Everyone with Respect, Be the Filter, Teach the Teachers Whitaker: Ch. 5,6,7
February 26, 2018 Hire Great Teachers, Understand the Dynamics of Change, Focus on Behavior Whitaker: Ch. 8,9,11
March 5, 2018 Loyal to Whom, Base Every Decision on Your Best Teachers, Understand the High Achievers Whitaker: Ch. 12,14,15 Reflection #2 Due
March 12, 2018 Spring Break
March 19, 2018 Make it Cool to Care, Don’t Need to Repair Whitaker: Ch. 16, 17 Article Discussion
March 26, 2018 Deal with Negative or Ineffective Staff Members Whitaker: Ch. 18 Article Discussion
April 2, 2018 Set Expectations at the Start of the Year, Clarify Your Core Whitaker: Ch. 19,20 Article Discussion

“10 Commandments” of Leadership Due


April 9, 2018 21 Responsibilities of a School Leader Marzano: Ch. 4
April 16, 2018 Two Types of Change Marzano: Ch. 5 Reflection #3 Due

Leadership Profile Presentations

April 23, 2018 Doing the Right Work Marzano: Ch. 6 Leadership Profile Presentations
April 30, 2018 Plan for School Leadership Marzano: Ch. 7
May 7, 2018 Decision Making Whitaker: Ch. 13,14,16,17 Reflection #4 Due
May 14, 2018 Final Project Concept Map Due

Course Evaluation Methods

This course will utilize the following instruments to determine student grades and proficiency of the learning outcomes for the course.

Attendance and Participation:

During face-to-face and online, students are expected to be prepared for discussions and questions related to the assigned information. Regular and prompt class attendance and active class participation are required in order to meet the requirements of this course. Instructional methods utilized in this course include class discussions, lectures, online, group discussions, final exam and oral presentations.

Reflection Essay – Auto-ethnography:

The most significant portion of the lesson cycle is reflection. It is also the most forgotten piece of most lessons. Leaders must also practice the art of reflection in the course of their work as a way to grow personally and professionally. Students will be asked to provide 4 Reflection Essays during the course of the semester. These essays are written “journal or diary style” and are not intended to be papers filled with research-based content. This assignment is designed to provide students with an opportunity to provide a self-reflection of how the topics in the course impact the student in their pursuit of a position of leadership. At the conclusion of the course, the student will have created a completed auto-ethnography on their personal drive and desires to serve students who live in urban and multicultural settings. Students will include an exercise in self-evaluation of their own ethical leadership traits. This assignment is a signature assessment.

Article Discussion:

Education is a heavily reported topic in the media.  There is no shortage of newspaper articles or television reports on various issues in education. As an educational leader, it is important to be current on events happening in the education world. Three designated class meetings have been scheduled for discussions on current events in education.  Students will search the Internet for recent articles or reports on any education topic (within 6 months), read the article or report, and provide a synopsis of the article for the class. Links to the articles will be posted to Twitter using the hashtag #UNTDEdLead.

“10 Commandments” of Leadership:

As your progress through the course and begin to understand the skills necessary to become an educational leader, you will establish a set of norms or “commandments” for yourself to use as a guiding list of statements by which to lead your future school. The professor will model this activity for the class. Students will have several weeks of reflection for this activity with a final product due on April 2.

Leadership Profile:

The world is filled with leaders, both past and present. These individuals have made a lasting impact on history, the world, and society in their own unique ways. We honor these individuals through study and refer to their actions during our own times of trouble. For this assignment, students will choose an individual who has made an impact on their leadership practice and present a profile of that leader to the class. Students will draw upon the concepts learned in the course to select an individual who espouses the traits discussed. Students will be graded on their presentation skills as well as how the student connects the concepts of the course to the chosen leader.

Concept Map:

At the conclusion of the course, students will submit a concept map that illustrates conceptual connections the student has made on the topic of educational leadership. This assignment will be done in class. Students will also submit a one-page document that explains the student’s thinking and rationale for the concepts created.

Online Class Assignment:

During the week of February 19th, the class will meet on Twitter. Students will be expected to participate in a Twitter chat session at some point during the course of the week responding to the professor and other students on topics from the course. Specifically, we will discuss concepts covered in the Marzano textbook in Chapters 4, 6, and 7. The professor will post an initial discussion question and students will respond. There is no expectation for the number of recorded responses, however the student will be graded on their participation and on the clarity of their responses. Students will need a personal Twitter account prior to the online course meeting.

Course Grading:

Course materials must be submitted on time to receive full credit. The awarding of grades is not automatic and the judgment of the instructor will determine whether or not each assignment is completed satisfactorily. Neatness, thoroughness, and care in preparing course materials are required.

General criteria for evaluating student work are:

  1. Construction of Knowledge: Students successfully interpret, analyze, evaluate, or synthesize
  2. Depth of Understanding: Student understanding of course content and themes is relatively complex and deep, and they demonstrate that understanding through elaborated
  3. Connection to Practice: Students successfully connect course content to practice and their specific They explore implications that create value and significance for knowledge.
Attendance and Participation 5%
Reflection Essays 25%
10 Commandments of Leadership 10%
Leadership Profile and Presentation 20%
Discussion Articles 10%
Concept Map 25%
Twitter Chat Session 5%