EDI800: Collaboration and Learning in Diverse Communities

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Course Overview

This course focuses on the education leader's skills in building community far beyond the school walls, integrating the resources of the town and state into the school environment, and extending the resources of the school into the neighborhood.  In this course, candidates explore three themes:

  • Diversity as an asset to individual students and the community
  • Building community relations
  • Communication in a diverse learning community

The course project, Internship Portfolio: Collaboration and Learning in Diverse Communities, is a key assessment designed to demonstrate mastery of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) professional standards. Each candidate is responsible for developing with his or her internship site supervisor and colleagues at their internship site a One Year Action Plan for Partnerships as part of the course project, in which the candidate analyzes and evaluates current and relevant literature on effective partnerships with school, home, and community stakeholders.

Building on the base of best practice, candidates audit the internship site for evidence of partnerships that are already in place. They then create a plan for change that leads to greater school, home, and community mutual support. The plan will be supported by a presentation to a subset of affected stakeholders.  Finally, the candidate reflects on plans for implementation.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Analyze and evaluate ELCC Standard 4, sub-elements 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and ELCC Standard 3: Field Experiences and Clinical Practice.
  • Investigate and synthesize the literature on the role of school, family, and community partnerships in positively affecting student achievement.
  • Investigate and synthesize the literature on diversity and equity in American public education and promote practices that appreciate and use diverse language and cultural and social resources.
  • Working with a learning community, explore current practices that support school, family, and community partnerships.
  • Working with a learning community, build and sustain positive relationships with school, family, and community partners.
  • Incorporate a learning community's diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources.
  • Reflect on their plans and/or evaluate their implementation of changes against ELCC Standard 4.

Course Prerequisites

Special Requirements

Student Solutions Advisor permission required for this course.