EDLD6464 Educational Change and Design of Facilities

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for the superintendent candidate to explore the application of leadership to school district facilities, safety, and the physical environment in which learning occurs.

Organization and time management is critical to the success of any administrator, but especially for the superintendent. As you begin this course, read the entire syllabus and all of the modules. Review all materials and begin to plan the semester. 

Course Credits: 4

Student Learning Outcomes

While this course utilizes all State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) Competencies, it primarily focuses on Domain III, Administrative Leadership, and the following domains, competencies and supporting standards:

Domain III – Administrative Leadership Competency 009 – The superintendent knows how to apply principles of leadership and management to the district’s physical plant and support systems to ensure a safe and effective learning environment.
Supporting Standards:
The superintendent knows how to:

  • Apply procedures for planning, funding, renovating, and/or constructing school facilities.
  • Implement strategies that enable the district’s physical plant, equipment, and support systems to operate safely, efficiently, and effectively.
  • Apply strategies for ensuring the safety of students and personnel and for addressing emergencies and security concerns.
  • Develop and implement procedures for crisis planning and for responding to crises.
  • Apply procedures for ensuring the effective operation and maintenance of district facilities. Implement appropriate, effective procedures in relation to district transportation services, food services, health services, and other services.
  • Apply pertinent legal concepts, regulations, and codes.

Competency 10 – The superintendent knows how to apply organizational, decisionmaking, and problem-solving skills to facilitate positive change in varied contexts.

The superintendent knows how to:

  • Implement appropriate management techniques and group process skills to define roles, assign functions, delegate effectively, and determine accountability for goal attainment.
  • Implement processes for gathering, analyzing, and using data for informed decision making.
  • Frame, analyze, and resolve problems using appropriate problem-solving techniques and decision-making skills.
  • Use strategies for working with others, including the board of trustees, to promote collaborative decision making and problem solving, facilitate team building, and develop consensus.
  • Encourage and facilitate positive change, enlist support for change, and overcome obstacles to change in varied educational contexts.
  • Apply skills for monitoring and evaluating change and making needed adjustments to achieve goals.

The course also will deal with the following Education Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards:

Standard 3.0 – Candidates who complete the program are 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. This standard addresses the need to enhance student learning through effective, efficient, and equitable utilization of resources. Educational leaders must use their knowledge of organizations to create a learning environment conducive to the success of all students. Proper allocation of resources such as personnel, facilities, and technology are essential to creating an effective learning environment. Resource management decisions should give priority to teaching, student achievement, and student development.

Operational procedures and policies must be established to maintain school safety and security and to strengthen the academic environment. All management decisions, including those regarding human resources, fiscal operations, facilities, legal issues, time management, scheduling, technology, and equipment, should be based on sound organizational practice. Educational leaders must monitor and evaluate operational systems to ensure that they enhance student learning and reflect the district’s accountability to the community.