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SPE-491-20, Top: Comm Skills for Spec Educ (WN15)

INSTRUCTOR: Heather RC Wooldridge

SCHEDULE/TIME/DAY: Saturdays/9-4:00 PM, 01/03/2015-01/24/2015

CONTENT:

This course is a unique blend of the three courses listed above.  Participants will consider the qualities of effective leaders and the dynamics of innovation and change in organizations.  Readings and activities will focus on strategic planning for change and problem-solving strategies.  This course will also address the issues related to effective, collaborative team coordination for students with academic and social/emotional issues. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

-Increase knowledge of change as a process

-Explore the relationship between change and culture

-Apply conflict management techniques to successfully lead people through change

-Understand strategies for consultation and collaboration

-Explore and understand group dynamics and meeting facilitation

METHODS:

This course is face-to-face with a weekly on-line component. 

Lecture

Team Building

Collaboration

Etc…

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:  (Including grading percentages.)

Attendance, Classwork, and Participation - 50%

Journal Assignments - 20%

Formal Papers - 30%

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS:

  • Bolton, Robert (1979).  People skills:  How to assert yourself, listen to others, and resolve conflicts.  New York, NY:  Simon & Shuster, Inc.
  • Kaser, Joyce; Mundry, Susan; Stiles, Katherine E.; & Loucks-Horsley, Susan(2013).  Leading every day:  Actions for effective leadership (3rd Ed).  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin.
  • Phillips, Donald (1992).  Lincoln on leadership:  Executive strategies for toughtimes. New York, NY:  Warner Books. 
  • Roth, Tom (2007).  StrengthsFinder 2.0.  New York, NY:  Gallup Press.

***Please do not purchase this text used as you need the access code in the back!***    

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

-Pre-Class Assignment #1:  Due at the start of the First Class: What does Leadership mean to you? Compose a 3-5 sentence reflection (***Please adhere to APA Formatting).

-Pre-Class Assignment #2:  Due at the start of the First Class: Read StrengthsFinder2.0

Complete the Self-Assessment.  Compose a 2-page reflection on your results (***Please adhere to APA Formatting): What are your strengths according to StrengthsFinder2.0? Do you agree/disagree? Why/why not? How do/could these Strengths support you as a School-Based Leader? Which strengths, not in your top 5, would you like to develop? Why? How will they enhance your abilities as a School-Based Leader? How has this activity raised your awareness of your abilities/potential as a School-Based Leader?