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General Course Information for EDA663: Community Leadership

Course: EDA663 - Community Leadership
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

Explores community leadership, outreach and partnerships through the lens of diversity and pluralism (of students, school personnel,the community, and society). Cultural competence is essential in working with diversity in present-day school environments. The course examines nonprofit models and community organizing that succeeds in supporting and enhancing schools and their surrounding communities.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze how people make important distinctions and judgments about their own and others' backgrounds, points of view and cultures.
  • Apply the concept of multiple identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political ideology, social class) to various contexts including the workplace, private and public organizations, and throughout the global society.
  • Appraise the role of community organizations (for-profit, non-profit, and governmental) in the community from the perspectives of various constituents.
  • Argue ways in which narrow definitions of diversity can perpetuate stereotypes and discrimination within and across communities.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze complex human phenomena such as resistance and anxiety and the ability to lead others in a process through the change process.
  • Analyze decision making frameworks in order to surface and develop ethical leadership and improve decision making skills.
  • Analyze innovative school models, including charter schools, to ensure student success and organizational sustainability.
  • Apply advanced negotiation and conflict resolution strategies to further an organization.
  • Develop team building and understand organizational dynamics including the use of the learning organization processes.
  • Examine competencies for leadership in globalization including emerging and future trends for business and education.
  • Examine diversity and pluralism in the United States (of students, community, and faculty) in order to develop the cultural competence and be able to work well in diverse, rural and urban environments.
  • Explore community leadership, outreach and partnerships.
  • Explore innovative financial models and gain competency in information management fundamentals.
Course Requirements:

Unit 1: Diversity in the U.S. and in Our Schools

  • Exploring you cultural identity
  • Embracing multiculturalism
  • Multiculturalism and other diversity in our schools

Unit 2: Community Outreach and Engagement for Schools and School Leaders

  • Who is our community?
  • Community leaders
  • Getting the community engaged.

Unit 3: Non-profit, for-profit, and governmental Community Organizations.

  • Non profit organizations' function and roles
  • For profit organizations' function and roles
  • Governmental agencies' function and roles

Unit 4: The Community's Role in School Change

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:

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:


Contact the Library:

  • (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 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:

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

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.

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.

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