Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare school leaders who demonstrate strategic, instructional, organizational, political and community leadership; and to provide the community a source of scholarship and assistance in interpretation and application of scholarship.

The goals of the department are to prepare educational leaders who demonstrate a wide array of knowledge, skills, attributes and commitment.

Strategic Leadership

Leadership requires the ability to develop with others vision and purpose, utilize information, frame problems, exercise leadership processes to achieve common goals and act ethically for educational communities.(i))

A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.(ii)

A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by modeling a personal code of ethics and developing professional leadership capacity. (ii)

Instructional Leadership

Leadership requires the ability to design appropriate curricula and instructional programs to develop learner centered school cultures, to assess outcomes, to provide student personnel services, and to plan with faculty professional development activities aimed at improving instruction.(i)

A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instruction program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.(ii)

 Organizational Leadership

Leadership requires the ability to understand, initiate and/or improve the organization, implement operational plans, manage financial resources, and apply effective management processes and procedures.(i)

A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.(ii)

 Political Leadership

Leadership requires the ability to act in accordance with legal provisions and statutory requirements, to apply regulatory standards, to develop and apply appropriate policies, to understand and act professionally regarding the ethical implications of policy initiatives and political actions, to relate public policy initiatives to student welfare, and to understand school as political systems. (i)

A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context. (ii)

Community Leadership

Leaders must collaborate with parents and community members; work with community agencies, foundations, and the private sector; respond to community interests and needs in performing administrative responsibilities;  develop effective staff communications and public relations programs; and act as mediators for the various groups and individuals who are part of the school community.

A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.(ii)

 

Education leaders for 21st century must demonstrate:

  • commitment to high standards;
  • strong ethical values;
  • credible instructional leadership;
  • understanding of social and political trends and changing role of education in our society;
  • problem solving ability and skills necessary to promote and adapt to change and use of collaboration to build a shared vision for schools;
  • capacity to collaborate effectively with a wide range of non-school agencies and community organizations which can help schools achieve their mission;
  • commitment to life long learning which empowers students, staff, and themselves.

We believe that:

  • every child must achieve academic success in school.
  • every school must educate for American democracy that values the norms and practices of diverse groups and at the same time celebrates shared community values.
  • school leaders must be reflective practitioners.
  • knowledge is evolving and socially constructed and that learning is produced through an interaction of different perspectives that enable students to connect their education to their experiences.

 

i NCATE-Approved Curriculum Guidelines for Advance Program in Educational Leadership 1995

ii California Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2001

 

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