Spring 2021 Update 
    Sep 25, 2022  
Spring 2021 Update [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EDL (0806) 553 - Educational Policy: Diversity, Community & Leadership

Credits: 3.00

This course focuses on the challenges school leaders face with increasing racial, ethnic, linguistic, diversity in school settings. Topics include the impact of poverty on children’s opportunities to succeed in school, political and legal issues that must be considered as well as family and community support to improve school success.

Prerequisite 1: EDL 533  
Course Learning Goals:
  • Understand the social, cultural, and political forces shaping the evolution of contemporary education programs and institutions.
  • Show knowledge of important reports on education and to compare premises and conclusions for their policy implications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of who decides and how decisions are affected by multiple forces in a pluralistic democracy.
  • Analyze cases of policy making in a dynamic system and understand that problems, solutions, and the system itself are loosely coupled in time and space.
  • Explain how symbols, language, information, and media relate to the distribution of power and allocation of results in the political arena.
  • Develop an understanding of the process of policy formation, and of methodologies to assess education needs, analyze policy alternatives to address those needs, and make recommendations.
  • Develop course participants’ skills to draw policy implications from comparative educational research on school purposes and curriculum, teacher quality, school leadership and system reform.