EDPS 595

The School Principalship: Seminars and Simulations
Summer 2017 (EDPS 595)

Instructors: Dr. Bonnie Stelmach
Office: 7-145 Education North
Telephone: (780) 492-9890
E-mail: bonnies@ualberta.ca
Classroom & Time: The Summer School on Leadership Excellence (July 31 – August 3) constitutes a key portion of the classes for EDPS 595. Additional classes are scheduled to be held in ED South 129:

          • Sunday, July 30th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
          • Friday, August 4th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.

General Course Information:

EDPS 595 is one of the elective courses in the master’s program in the Department of Educational Policy Studies regardless of the student’s area of specialization (e.g., adult, community and higher education; educational administration and leadership; Indigenous Peoples education; theoretical, cultural and international studies in education). This 3-credit course is an introduction to the school principalship. This term, the course comprises the Summer School on Leadership Excellence, a four-day conference with keynote, plenaries, small group discussions, and endnote speaker. 

Course Description:

This course offers an introduction to the school principalship. The course provides students with opportunities to reflect upon their performance in typical administrative situations encountered by school principals in terms of their earlier administrative studies and the readings, which are an integral part of the course.

Course Objectives:

The assigned readings, class topics, guest speaker presentations, and assignments have been chosen to help students:

  • Develop an understanding of the School Leader Standard.
  • Familiarize themselves with diverse historical, contemporary, and comparative theoretical perspectives/ paradigms with respect to the principalship.
  • Critically examine and reflect upon trends and issues in society and their impact on the principalship.
  • Develop an in depth understanding of their own assumptions and beliefs about the role of the principal.

Course Content:

Class participants will be encouraged to work toward the attainment of the course objectives:

  • Through their preparation for, and engagement in group discussions based on assigned readings and speaker presentations.
  • Through their scholarly critique of the readings and participation in the Summer School on Leadership Excellence.
  • Through their successful completion of course assignments (Assignments and due dates to be determined)

Organization of the Course:

The course is organized around the following leadership dimensions:

  1. Fostering Effective Relationships.
  2. Embodying Visionary Leadership.
  3. Leading a Learning Community.
  4. Providing Instructional Leadership.
  5. Supporting the Application of Foundational Knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
  6. Developing and Facilitating Leadership.
  7. Managing School Operations and Resources.
  8. Understanding and Responding to the Larger Societal Context.

 Course Syllabus

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