EDI791: Facilitating a Shared Vision of Learning

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Course Overview

Educator as leader is the focus of this course. Candidates will:

  • Explore the importance of a vision as a central guide to all school decisions,
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the vision, mission and goals shared by a specific learning community,
  • Promote the success of all learners by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by their learning community,
  • Under the direction of a site supervisor, plan, discuss, and lead the learning community effectively in applying their vision to a program or problem at the school.
  • Reflect on their own strengths and challenges as a visionary leader.

The course project, The Visionary Leader: Facilitating a Shared Vision of Learning, is a key assessment designed to demonstrate mastery of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) professional standards. The Course Project is a portfolio that documents the candidate’s skills and accomplishments in facilitating a vision of learning.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Analyze and evaluate current and relevant literature on leadership vision and learning communities for student achievement.
  • Working with a learning community, develop a vision of learning for a situation, program or problem at a school.
  • Analyze a “vision of learning” that is supported by a school learning community.
  • Working with a learning community, refine the vision to encompass data-based research and strategic planning processes.
  • Working with a learning community, design change initiatives, plans and processes to implement a vision.
  • Design a communication plan that will build a shared commitment to steward the vision among the learning community
  • Design a plan to promote community involvement in the vision as well as a plan for its continuous improvement
  • Analyze and evaluate personal leadership characteristics by designing a matrix of leadership strengths and challenges, drawn from ELCC Standard 1.

Special Requirements

  1. Student Solutions Advisor permission required for this course.
  2. Candidates in the EdD K-12 Leadership program only:
    1. Successfully completed 33% of Program
      1. DOC900, DOC910-915, EDU790, RES700, EDU795, EDU797, EDU799 and EDU801, plus either RES701 or RES702.
  3. Candidates in the EdS program only:
    1. Successfully completed 15 credits of Program
      1. DOC900, EDU790, EDU795, EDU797, EDU799 and EDU801.
  4. Possess 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  5. Secure internship placement.
    1. Candidates are required to secure a placement in an American school/district that (1) consists of a K-12 school/district setting at the grade levels required for the intended principal/administrator license, and (2) provides multiple opportunities to work directly with students from diverse backgrounds (i.e., students who are English language learners, of both genders, from different socioeconomic backgrounds, from different ethnic/racial groups, students with different learning ability levels, etc.).
  6. Submission of passing score on state licensure exam.
  7. Candidates are required to disclose the state to which they intend to seek licensure.
  8. Secure qualified principal / administrator site supervisor and submit site supervisor qualifications.
    1. Candidates are required to identify a site supervisor who (1) possesses a current United States principal/administrator license, (2) has three years or more of licensed experience as a principal/administrator, and (3) currently works in the role of a principal/administrator. Candidates are required to submit a copy of the site supervisor’s state license, and a copy of the site supervisor’s resume to Student Services.
  9. Submission of the District Agreement Form.
  10. Attestation.
    1. Candidates are required to sign an attestation that states the following:  
      1. I embrace the belief that all students can learn and I am committed to ideas of fairness.  I will demonstrate these dispositions as I work with K-12 students and the K-12 community during my clinical experiences.
  11. Submission of a signed Clinical Practice Attestation Form.