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ADMN 5023 - Dr. W.A. Kritsonis


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ADMN 5023 - Dr. W.A. Kritsonis

  1. 1. PVAMU ADMN 5023-Z01 Public School LawDepartment of Educational Leadership College of Whitlowe R. GreenCollege of Education & Counseling Instructor Name: William Allan Kritsonis, PhD Office Location: Delco Building, Suite #233 OfficePhone: (936)261-3652 Fax: (713)261-3617 Email Address: Snail Mail (U.S. Postal Service) Address: Prairie View A&M University P.O. Box 519 Mail Stop Delco Building, Suite # 233 Prairie View, TX77446 OfficeHours: (NHGC) 2:30 PM – 7:30 PM (M); ( NHGC) 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM & 8:20 – 9:20 PM (T); (PVAMU) 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 1:50 PM – 4:50 PM (S) Contact Dr. Kritsonis for Specific Appointment Times Course Configuration: OnlineContact me through email in ecourse Course Location: Internet Class Meeting Days & Times: Online Course Abbreviation and Number: ADMN 5023--Z01 Catalog Description: An examination and study of legal principles as they apply to public education (Credit 3 semester hours). Prerequisites: Admission to master’s program in educational administration Co-requisites: Suggested Text: Kemerer,J., Walsh, F., &Maniotis, L. (2010). The educator’s guide to Texas school law (7th ed.). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. ISBN: 13:9780292722934 or 10:0292722931 Johnson, S.(2009). Peaks and valleys: Making good and bad times work for you- at work and in life. New York, NY: Atria, A Division of Simon & Schuster. ISBN: 13:978-1-4391-0325-8 ( IRead Book) The University Bookstore or Barnes and Noble are good places to get the books. House Bill 2504: House Bill 2504 does allow students the choice not to purchase the class textbook(s). Students have the choice of using alternative methods to access textbook information (internet websites, books on reserved at the library, etc) Students are required and held accountability to complete all assignments as noted in the syllabus. Access to Learning Resources: PVAMU Library: phone: (936) 261-1500; web: University Bookstore: phone: (936) 261-1990; web: PVAMU Writing Center: Web: 1
  2. 2. Course Goals or Overview: The goals of this course are to: 1. Acquire sufficient legal knowledge to carry out administrative responsibilities within the framework of the legal system. 2 Prepare the candidate for success on the TExES Exam #068. 3. Acquire sufficient legal knowledge that should the administrator be faced with a law suit, he/she can be successfully defended. Course Objectives: The objectives of this course are to: 1. Prepare school administrators as problem solvers, critical thinkers, and decision makers. 2. Prepare school administrators as educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment (3.0). 3. Prepare school administrators as educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success ofall students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner (5.0). 4. Prepare school administrators as educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context (6.0). Accrediting Body:(NCATE)Standards Met: (ELCC Standards 3.0, 5.0, & 6.0) (ISLLC Standards 3.0, 5.0, & 6.0) At the end of this course, the student will: 1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the American and Texas legal systems and the impact on schools including US and Texas constitutional provisions, statutory enactments, administrative regulations, and court decisions (3.0). 2. Demonstrate and apply technological innovation in the development of legal issue course components that influence the policy process in schools (3.0). 3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the legal framework governing education and the federal, state and local levels including the structure and function of courts, legislative bodies, administrative agencies and local school boards in the process of formulating policy relative to all school operations and programs (3.0). 4. Demonstrate an ability to make decisions based upon ethical and legal principles (5.0). 5. Demonstrate and ability to implement policies and procedures that encourage all campus personnel to comply with the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators (5.0). 6. Demonstrate and apply knowledge about the Texas Education Code and the Texas Administrative Code (5.0). 7. Demonstrate and apply legal, ethical, social, historical and political issues in the process of formulating policy, rules, regulations and procedures (6.0). 8. Demonstrate and apply knowledge about state, federal, and local legal provisions to school legal problems (6.0). 9. Demonstrate and apply knowledge about how the legal and political systems and the institutional framework of schools shape a school and community (6.0). 10. Demonstrate an ability to research a legal problem and apply this knowledge to solving school legal problems (6.0). (ELCC and ISLLC Standards are the same.) TExES Domain & Competencies Areas DOMAIN I: School Community Leadership - Values and Ethics DOMAIN II: Instructional Leadership - Curriculum Planning and DevelopmentProfessional Development/Human Resources DOMAIN III: Administrative Leadership – Safety, Leadership, and Management 2
  3. 3. E-FOLD-P (CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK) Educator as Facilitator of Learning for Diverse Populations 5.0 To prepare beginning administrators as problem solvers, critical thinkers and decision makers. 6.0 To prepare beginning administrators as facilitators of teacher and student growth and development throughunderstanding of leadership dimensions. 7.0 To provide beginning administrators with an awareness of human diversity, a knowledge of the importanceand skills needed for effective community and parental involvement. 8.0 To prepare beginning administrators to be reflect and continual learners with knowledge and value of selfappraisal techniques and goal setting for a strong personal commitment. Quality Without Compromise Closing the Loop The Six Question Model at Prairie View A&M University Outcome What lts Is esu gies Desired? Ma pen? fR rate Ho ke it Did t a o eo Wh wt p You St Ha ? Us Do Continuous Improvement Circle Th lts? (CIC) w ed? l Ho su W il We e Ass It be Wh re ess at Re ans lts When su Me Re Will it Be Assessed? Cycle Dana/Thomas-Smith/Closing the Loop Six Question Model/landscape 3
  4. 4. McKinney-Vento Act (Federal Law) 2011 The McKinney-Vento program for Pre-K–16 is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11431 et seq.). The program was originally authorized in 1987 and, most recently, reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Homeless children and youth should have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States, school districts, colleges and universities are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth. TExES Practice Materials and Exams The Whitlowe R. Green College of Education has purchased TExES practice materials and exams for students seeking State Certification. These materials and exams are located in the Educator Preparation Lab on the third floor (room 332) in Delco. The lab will be open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the lab to review materials and take the practice exams to increase their success on the TExES. You have to take this electronic exam to get permission to take the TExES. Certification Students ONLY All students pursuing Principal and School Counselor certification are required to make contact with the Office of Teacher Certification and have on file with that office a deficiency plan. Please submit to the course instructor a copy of your deficiency plan before the end of the semester. If you do not have one please contact the office below. Whitlowe R. Green College of Education Office of Teacher Education Delco Bldg., Room 302 P. O. Box 519; Mail Stop 2425 Prairie View, Texas 77446-0519 Tel: (936) 261-3605 All students pursuing Principal and School Counselor certification are required to devote 5 hours per week studying for the certification exam utilizing the study material on the website CertifyTeacher. Students must provide on a weekly basis an electronic copy to their course instructor verifying the study time. WWW.CERTIFYTEACHER.COM Course Evaluation Methods This course will utilize the following instruments to determine student grades:Final Exam – written test designed to measure knowledge of presented course material (see attached instructions) Group Project including Power Point and Presentation – assignment designed to supplement and reinforce course material and readings (20 point reduction for late project) Class Participation –participation in class discussions via the internet Book Report (IRead) –A five page written reflectionpaper on Peaks and valleys: Making good and bad times work for you- at work and in life. (20 point reduction for late project) CertifyTeacher Study Time -- assignment designed to supplement and reinforce course material and readings 4
  5. 5. Grading Matrix Instrument Value (points or percentages) Total Final Exam Final exam at 100 points 100 Group Project Group Project at 150 points 150 Class Participation 75 points 75 Book Report 100 points 100 Study Time (Certify Teacher) 75 points 75 Total: 500 Grade Determination: A = 451 -- 500 pts; B = 401 -- 450 pts; C = 351 -- 400 pts; D = 301 -- 350 pts; F = 300 pts or belowThe Group Project, including the power point and presentation, will be uploaded in eCourses on the specifiedscheduled date assigned to the particular topic (150 Points).Group ProjectThe Group Project is designed to give you a summary of the laws in Texas which deals with key educational issues.Groups of two or three students (depending on class size) will prepare a power point presentation from designated topicsin the textbook. Your presentation must also include a summary of five (5) court decisions and applicable laws relativeto the selected topic. The court decisions will be written according to the example shown in Course Content on eCourses.Each group will be responsible for following the procedures as described in the instruction sheet. There will be a 20 pointreduction for late group projects.eCourses (Moodle)Moodle is a tool that Prairie View A&M University uses for assessment purposes. At least one of your assignments willconsidered an "artifact" (an item of coursework that serves as evidence that course objectives are met) and will beeCourses. The assignment(s) to be used as artifacts will be identified by your instructor during the courseof the semester.Course ProceduresSubmission of Assignments: Group Power Point Presentation (Group members are in the Course Content of eCourses under one of the folders.)1. Everyone is assigned to a group and each group is assigned a chapter from the book, The Educator’sGuide to Texas School Law. Based on the topic, the group is expected to submit: A PowerPoint presentation with a minimum of 20 slides (NOT INCLUDING THE COVER SLIDE OR REFERENCE SLIDE(S) to be presented to the class. (Follow the example given by Dr. Kritsonis as to how to present.) Five (5) court cases not found in (but related to) the assigned chapter. (Follow the format in the example verbatim.) Five (5) TExES-formatted questions.2. Each Group will be responsible for submitting three (3) discussion questions and leading the discussionon their assigned chapter via DISCUSSION BOARD.3. Each group will research and define the term “Landmark Cases” as it pertains to the chapter and submitalist of those Landmark Cases.4.Everyone is responsible for contacting his/her group member(s). 5
  6. 6. 5. Each group will send a copy of their--- PowerPoint presentation 5 court cases 3 discussion questions 5 TExES-formatted questions, and, Landmark Casesto Dr. Kritsonis viaeCourses email the Sunday before the Chapter/Group due date. Individual Final PresentationEveryone is assigned a research topic and expected to submit: An 8 page research paper on the assigned topic in Microsoft Word 2003, Times New Roman 12-point font th and APA format (6 ed.) A PowerPoint presentation of a minimum of 20 slides (NOT INCLUDING THE COVER SLIDE OR REFERENCE SLIDE(S) ) related to the assigned topic A minimum of 5 court cases related to the assigned topic SEPERATE from the other 5 cases in the group presentationAll of the above (Individual Final Presentation) must be uploaded via eCourses on or before the Final Examdue date:NO EXCEPTIONS!NOTE: Helpful resources for researching topics/chapters are provided in the COURSE CONTENT Section ofeCourses for your use. Two of the sites are also in the syllabus including WEST LAW DATA BASE and LEXISNEXIS DATABASE.Formatting Documents:Microsoft Word is the standard word processing tool used at PVAMU. If you’re using other word processors, be sure touse the “save as” tool and save the document in either the Microsoft Word, Rich-Text, or plain text format.Exam PolicyExams should be taken as scheduled. No makeup examinations will be allowed except under documented emergencies(See Student Handbook).Professional Organizations and JournalsAmerican Association for School AdministratorsEducation Law AssociationNational Association of Elementary School PrincipalsNational Association of Secondary School PrincipalsPhi Delta KappaTexas Elementary Principals and Supervisors AssociationTexas Association of Secondary School PrincipalsAmerican Journal of EducationAmerican School Board JournalEducation Administration AbstractsEducation Administration QuarterlyEducation WeekEducational LeadershipNASSP BulletinNational FORUM Journals ( Delta KappanTASSP News HighlightsTEPSA JournalTexas StudyTheory Into PracticeToday’s EducationWest Education Reporter 6
  7. 7. ReferencesAmerican Association for School Administrators ( thAmerican Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the APA (6 ed.). WashingtonDC:AuthorEducational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) Standards ( School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards ( of Law and EducationLexis Nexis DatabaseNational Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) ( Law DatabaseUniversity Rules and ProceduresDisability statement (See Student Handbook):Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in class shouldregister with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) early in the semester so that appropriatearrangements may be made. In accordance with federal laws, a student requesting special accommodations mustprovide documentation of their disability to the SSD coordinator.ADA Statements:Students with disabilities who believe they may need an adjustment in this class are encouraged to contact theOffice of Disabilities Services as soon as possible. Once you receive a letter of adjustment from the office, makean appointment with me to discuss appropriate adjustments for this class (note takers, extended time for in-classessays, etc.).Academic misconduct (See Student Handbook):You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses. Make sure youare familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct. Students who engage inacademic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.Definition of Cheating and Plagiarism:PVAMU is dedicated to a high standard of academic integrity among its faculty and students. In becoming part ofthe PVAMU academic community, students are responsible for honesty and independent effort. Penalties will beassessed for any student who alone or with others engages in any act of academic fraud or deceit. If you have anyquestions about the use you are making of sources for your assignments, see me before you turn in the project.You may feel these measures are harsh, but plagiarism is serious business.Forms of academic dishonesty:1. Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations.2. Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.3. Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research.4. Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’sown in work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.Nonacademic misconduct (See Student Handbook)The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rightsrequires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise. Campus behavior that interferes with either (1) theinstructor’s ability to conduct the class, (2) the inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or(3) campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in suchdisruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean ofStudents under nonacademic procedures. 7
  8. 8. Sexual misconduct (See Student Handbook):Sexual harassment of students and employers at Prairie View A&M University is unacceptable and will not betolerated. Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.Student Responsibilities:The student is expected to be fully knowledgeable of the contents of this syllabus and his/her rights as a PVAMUstudent as stated in the University Catalog and the Schedule.Attendance Policy:PrairieViewA&MUniversity requires regular class attendance. Excessive absences will result in lowered grades.Excessive absenteeism, whether excused or unexcused, may result in a student’s course grade being reduced orin assignment of a grade of “F”. Absences are accumulated beginning with the first day of class.Student Academic Appeals ProcessAuthority and responsibility for assigning grades to students rests with the faculty. However, in those instanceswhere students believe that miscommunication, errors, or unfairness of any kind may have adversely affected theinstructors assessment of their academic performance, the student has a right to appeal by the procedure listed inthe Undergraduate Catalog and by doing so within thirty days of receiving the grade or experiencing any otherproblematic academic event that prompted the complaint.Two “C” RulePlease Note: Continual matriculation at PVAMU requires that no more than two C’s shall be earned in a graduatedegree program. Any grade earned below a C means automatic dismissal from the graduate program.NOTE: No grade of “C” or below will be accepted toward certification.TEA ID Number Requirements and Process:Prairie View A&M University, County-District # 237501, will receive an Oversight visit by the Texas EducationAgency (TEA), Division of Educator Standards during the academic year 2011-2012. This visit is to comply with theTexas Administrative Code (TAC) 229.6(a)-the continuing approval of an educator preparation program.State Ethics Law:Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics-TAC 247.2Technical Considerations for Online and Web-Assist CoursesMinimum Recommended Hardware and Software:• Pentium with Windows XP or PowerMac with OS 10• High speed modem (cable modem) or Broadband network access• Internet provider with SLIP or PPP• 16X CD-ROM• 500 MB RAM• Hard drive with 40MB available space• 15” monitor, 800x600, color or 16 bit• Sound card w/speakers• Microphone and recording software• Keyboard & mouse• Netscape Communicator ver. 4.61 or Microsoft Internet Explorer ver. 6.0 or Firefox 3.0• Google Chrome is NOT recommended for use with eCoursesNote: Be sure to enable Java & pop-upsParticipants should have a basic proficiency of the following computer skills:• Sending and receiving email• A working knowledge of the Internet• Proficiency in Microsoft Word (or a program convertible to Word)• Proficiency in the Acrobat PDF Reader• Basic knowledge of Windows or Mac O.S. 8
  9. 9. Netiquette (online etiquette):Students are expected to participate in all discussions and virtual classroom chats as directed. Students are to berespectful and courteous to others on discussions boards. Foul or abusive language will not be tolerated.Technical Support:Students should call the Prairie View A&M University Helpdesk at 936-261-2525 for technical issues with accessingyour online course. The Helpdesk is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. For other technical questionsregarding eCourses, call the Office of Distance Learning at 936-261-3283Communication Expectations and Standards:Emails or discussion postings will receive a response from the instructor, usually in less than 48 hours. Urgentemails should be marked as such. Check regularly for responses.You can send email anytime that is convenient to you, but I check my email messages continuously during the daythroughout the work-week (Monday through Friday). I will respond to email messages during the work-week by theclose of business (5:00 pm) on the day following my receipt of them. Emails that I receive on Friday will beresponded to by the close of business on the following Monday.Discussion Requirement:Because this is an online course, there will be no required face-to-face meetings on campus. However, we willparticipate in conversations about the readings, lectures, materials, and other aspects of the course in a trueseminar fashion. We will accomplish this by use of the discussion board. The exact use of discussion will bedetermined by the instructor.It is strongly suggested that students type their discussion postings in a word processing application and save it totheir PC or a removable drive before posting to the discussion board. This is important for two reasons: 1) If forsome reason your discussion responses are lost in your online course, you will have another copy; 2) Grammaticalerrors can be greatly minimized by the use of the spell-and-grammar check functions in word processingapplications. Once the post(s) have been typed and corrected in the word processing application, it should becopied and pasted to the discussion board. NOTICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITYPrairie View A&M University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handleinquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Name: Renee R. Williams Title: Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator Institution: Prairie View A&M University Office of Student Affairs & Institutional Relations Address: P.O. Box 519: MS 1107 A.I. Thomas Building, St 013 Prairie View, Texas 77446 Telephone: 936-261-2123 Fax: 936-261-2138 Email: rrwilliams@pvamu.eduIndividuals requesting a disability accommodation should contact: Name: Dr. Kay Norman Title: Administrator for Diagnostic Testing and Disability Services Institution: Prairie View A&M University Email: 9
  10. 10. Important Dates: Academic Calendar – Fall 2012 -REVISED 08/07/12August 19, SundayCheck-In University College (Housing)August 20-23, Monday-ThursdayPanther CampAugust 20, MondayCheck-In University Village-New Transfer StudentsCheck –In University Village-Returning StudentsMeal Plans BeginAugust 24-27, Friday - MondayRegular Registration for ALL StudentsAugust 25, SaturdayRegular Registration for Graduate Students (UG students if advised and issued alternate pin)August 27, MondayLAST DAY of Regular Registration for ALL StudentsInstruction BeginsAugust 28, TuesdayLate Registration and Drop/Add for ALL Students BeginsAugust 31, FridayLate Registration, Add Courses, Change Major/Certification or any Matriculation Change Ends for UndergraduateStudents – Student Web Access ClosesSeptember 1, SaturdayLate Registration, Add Courses, Change Major/Certification or any Matriculation Change Ends for GraduateStudents – Student Web Access ClosesSeptember 5, WednesdayGeneral Student Assembly All Students to AttendSeptember 11, TuesdayCensus Date (12th Class Day)LAST DAY to Drop Course(s) without Academic RecordLate Deadline to apply for Fall 2012 graduationSeptember 14, WednesdayWithdrawal from courses with academic record ("W") BeginsSeptember 21, Friday20th Class DayOctober 18 - 20, Thursday-SaturdayMid-Semester Examination PeriodOctober 23, TuesdayMid-Semester Grades DueNovember 5, MondayWithdrawal from Course(s) with Academic record (“W”) EndsNovember 13, TuesdayPriority Registration Begins for Spring 2013 Semester 10
  11. 11. November 16, FridayDeadline to Apply for Spring 2013 GraduationNovember 22-24, Thursday-SaturdayThanksgiving Holiday (University Closed)November 26, MondayInstruction ResumesDecember 3 - 4, Monday - TuesdayCourse Review Day [Classes must convene and instructors will prepare students for Final Exams]December 4, TuesdayLast Class Day for Fall 2012 SemesterLast Day to Withdraw from the University (From All Courses) for the Fall 2012 SemesterDecember 5 - 11, Wednesday - TuesdayFinal Examination PeriodDecember 11, TuesdayFinal Grades Due for Graduation CandidatesDecember 15, SaturdayCommencementDecember 18, TuesdayFinal Grades Due for All Other Students TExES Principal (068) 2012 Schedule (Paper-Based Tests)TExES Test Emergency Regular Score Reporting ScoreDates Late Registration Registration Registration Date Date for Tests Reporting Date w/Multiple-Choice Date for Date Questions Only* Braille Test11/3/2012 10/5/2012 10/12/2012 10/26/2012 11/19/2012 12/3/2012Most Computer Administered Tests (CAT) are offered on a continuous basis. For these tests, you candetermine specific test-date availability during the registration process. 11