ED 532-01 Teacher As Leader: Issues To Advocacy



Course Description


This course addresses the critical social, economic, political, and socio-cultural issues challenging educators and society today.  Issues are examined from a variety of vantage points, including theoretical underpinnings, research findings, and the position taken by professional organizations.  Students are expected to articulate a personal position on critical issues and to practice school leadership and community advocacy on issues of concern.



Course Rationale


Students are expected to move from the level of their classroom to the level of collaboration and advocacy.  Their professionalism is evolving to the level of leadership including that of mentor, policy maker and change agent.


As stated in the Conceptual Framework of the School of Education, professional educators “must develop a comprehensive understanding of the aims of education and the role of schools in society and be responsive to the changing nature of children in their care, the profession, and society.”  The Professionalism component of the Framework states that professional educators must be able to “interact professionally with students, families, and colleagues” and must “understand the legal, professional, and moral responsibilities of teaching.”  The Collaboration component of the Framework exhorts professional educators to “act as a catalyst for change, including collaborative efforts within the family, school and community” and must “foster partnerships within school districts, colleges, and business and social agencies.”  Teacher leaders use effective practices to help all children learn and can model these practices for others.


This course is designed to consider the major educational issues of the day in a collaborative and professional manner and to support teachers in becoming leaders within their schools, their districts, their professional organizations, and their communities.