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General Course Information for NBC 681: Membership in Learning Communi

Course: NBC 681 - Membership in Learning Communi
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Description: This course will guide students in the review of research and articles that focus on the definitions, features and significance of learning communities in schools, classrooms, and associations.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Apply the learning from related articles or reports that reflect research on Learning Communities and Adult Learning Theories.
  • Know and understand how the NBPTS defines Learning Communities and where this information aligns and supports the Core Propositions and Certificate Standards.
  • Recognize features of democratic communities in the classroom, school and beyond and incorporate them as specific strategies in the classroom.
  • Describe specific instructional approaches including technology, used to enhance classroom learning community environments.
  • Identify and provide evidence of leadership and contributions made to the broader profession that have impacted student learning.
  • Identify and provide evidence of collaborative experiences that have impacted student learning.
  • Identify and provide evidence of specific staff development activities including the use of technology which focuses on teachers as learners and that have translated into student achievement.
  • Write commentaries as outlined in Portfolio Entry #4 that reflect accomplished practices and your synthesis of the research related to membership in Learning Communities with emphasis on contributions to the profession: work with colleagues, with families and communities and work and growth as a continuous learner.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP
    • Demonstrate a commitment to educating all students by examining cross-cultural educational issues and relating those to enhancing student learning.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of how to teach students by effectively accessing and using research based learning theories, assessment strategies, teaching models, technology, and classroom management strategies to educate all learners.
    • Demonstrate the ability to focus on student learning through a systematic study and reflection of ones own teaching practices and through shared knowledge gained from purposefully formed professional learning communities.
  • Specialization in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership
    • Apply learning theories, methodologies, and assessments to manage, monitor, and engage student learning.
    • Demonstrate continuous growth in effective instructional practices and leadership through evidence of contributions to purposefully formed collaborative learning communities.
    • Demonstrate the ability to focus on student learning through a systematic study and reflection of one's own teaching practices.
    • Integrate fairness, equity, and access in designing strategies to meet diverse student learning.
    • Integrate information literacy skills to inform professional teaching practices and future instruction.

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