The success of this course depends on our ability to have read the assigned readings closely, to have thought carefully about the points raised or ignored by authors, and to bring to the group your questions and concerns about their concepts and positions into the discussions groups. Prior to each class I will post Professor Notes and outline the focus of the subsequent session and direct your reading.
This course is participation heavy. Students are expected to be actively engaged in all discussion board topics on a disciplined weekly schedule. Homework assignments and your Reflection Paper requirements are outlined below and should be completed in such a way that you demonstrate that you understand the topics and the ELCC standards and have grappled with their implications.
Administrator Candidate Response (ACR)
Throughout the semester you will write a reflection on current issues and trends. These reflections will involve analyses of readings, comparing and contrasting the views of authors, and critique of arguments presented by your readings, outside study, 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.
Emerging Issues Reflection Essay
Write a reflective essay (2-4 pages) in which you evaluate how the trends and issues presented in this course will influence your future role as a school leader. What is your personal process for reflective practice and how will you keep current with emerging issues and trends? Why is this important? Support your conclusion.
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.