Educational leadership examines functions of leadership and management and foundations of the American School System. Explores organizational theories and models of leadership and management and personal and organizational change. Bridges theory to practical applications in educational settings.
This seminar is intended to provide students with an opportunity to explore meanings of leadership in schools, leaders’ role in school change and restructuring; and ways school leaders make sense of school organization
Students will explore both how organizations function and leadership choices within organizations, and they will have an opportunity to begin to develop a vision of their leadership practice and situate this practice within a perspective of how school organizations work.
The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults (see picture)
Here is an example of a lesson plan based on this theory:
The Life Styles Inventory (LSI) identifies the underlying thoughts and motivations that guide an individual's behavior. Often referred to as personal styles, management styles and leadership styles, these represent the essence of an individual's effectiveness.
Here is my reflection on the results I encountered by completing this exercise:
By taking the Teacher Leadership Self- Assessment (Marilyn and Bill Katzenmeyer) and analyzing the scale descriptions and scoring protocol, I reached the following conclusions:
My strength areas are my communication skills and understanding of diversity, followed by my self-awareness, so according to this, I have an accurate picture of myself in terms of strengths, values, philosophy and behaviors; I exhibits effective listening, oral communication, presentation skills and expression in written communication; plus, I demonstrate respect for and respond to differences in perspectives.
My weakness is my self-organization, which means that I have to work on establishing course of action and implementing plans to accomplish results in everything I do
I will divide the next year in quarters according to my school calendar; I will plan carefully to complete my workshops or sessions by the end of the year, probably in November and work hard all through the school year.
Identification of areas of strength and areas of growth as a leader for positive change
As I explained before, I know my strengths are my communication skills and my instructional proficiency and leadership. But I am aware of my areas of growth, which are my lack of organization and sometimes, my lack of readiness. So now that I have these new tools to improve, I’m sure I’ll be able to complete my project.
Why is this project important to you?
Because I’m committed to my profession and to my institution, but most of all, to my students, so I’ll do anything in my hands to help improve myself, my school and my community for the sake of those kids who are the future leaders of my country.