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General Course Information for EDA632: Teaching and Learning Culture

Course: EDA632 - Teaching and Learning Culture
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Course Description:

Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture supporting instruction, student learning, and staff professional development using state standards and accepted accountability systems. For candidates in MS in Applied School Leadership program only.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the process of change in building an effective instructional program.
  • Apply practical knowledge of collaborative strategies and methods of achieving effective school-community relations.
  • Implement educational change by mobilizing community support with consideration of special interest groups, and by fostering intra-agency and inter-disciplinary cooperation.
  • Demonstrate the effect of focused professional development on improved student academic performance by setting up or providing appropriate in-services.
  • Analyze and apply research and interpret relevant data, and make data driven decisions that are appropriate for effective teaching and learning.
  • Use content standards and instructional strategies as a foundation for instructional decision-making.
  • Develop and demonstrate skills to contribute to a school environment committed to improving teaching for all staff and learning for all students, and develop shared leadership skills.
  • Analyze and apply data collection and how it is used to assess student performance, and drive decisions on providing strategies for improving student achievement.
  • Use data and technological applications, to design, develop, implement, manage, support, evaluate, and improve instructional programs and to drive staff professional development.
  • Develop skills to contribute to a school environment committed to improving teaching for all staff and learning for all students.
  • Identify and plan staff development needs in professional development, through shared decision-making, to improve teaching and learning for all students.
  • Identify and practice the key leadership components to facilitate collaboration, consultation and shared decision making in an environment that promotes accountability and ethical conduct.
  • Develop skills to contribute to a school environment committed to improving teaching for all staff and learning for all students, and develop shared leadership skills.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures