Please join the forums each week. Students must post a reply to both weekly forums and reply to at least 2 other students for each Forum. This means that each week you should have 2 initial posts and 4 responsive posts. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.
• Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
• Initial responses should be no less than 300 words.
• Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
• Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
• Replies to classmates should be no less than 150 words.
• Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
• All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.
Throughout the semester you will write responses. These responses will involve analyses of readings, comparing and contrasting the views of authors, and critique of arguments presented by the readings or the class. Papers will be graded for accuracy of interpretation, rigor of argument, and clarity of expression. Papers should be 3 – 5 pages in length.
For your Final Project you will write a paper that evaluates how personnel and human resource management is determined in your home state, in your districts, and at a campus within your district. If you do not work in a school, see if you can access one: however, if you cannot please contact the instructor for alternate instructions on that portion of the paper. Your paper should be 10-12 pages in length and include at least ten bibliographic references in addition to the course text. Your Final Project is due by 11:55PM, EST, on the last day of this course.
1. Apply knowledge of school leadership domains and standards to human resources planning, hiring and retention of personnel, and personnel policies and issues (ELCC 3.1, 3.2) (PII 3.J) (PII 4.B, 4.D, 4.E).
2. Audit human resource policies and processes for compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. (ELCC 5.4)
3. Evaluate school human resource planning for consistency with district goals and plans, school mission, and student academic and social outcomes and make recommendations for improvement. (ELCC 3.1, 3.2, 5.3) (PII 4.B, 4.D, 5F).
Step 1: Review your state’s human resource development guidelines for school districts and analyze whether this policy follows guidelines from readings in this course and current research in the field.
Step 2: Review your district’s personnel policy for the current school year, and analyze how this policy supports or does not support the state’s personnel and human resource management policy.
Step 3: Review your campuses personnel policy for the current school year, and analyze how this policy supports or does not support the district's personnel and human resource management policy.
• The Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia’s Primary and Secondary Education System provides specific information on the suggestions for improvement of the human resource practices of primary and secondary schools in West Virginia.
• Most school districts control their human resource practices. In some states, like Texas, board policy manuals are created and provided to school districts by professional organizations as a model. Districts then use the model and make district specific additions to the policy based on local need.
• Campus human resource practices are much less likely to be written, but they definitely exist. You may want to interview a campus administrator to determine exact campus practices. The campus practices are considered policy for the purposes of this assignment.