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This course prepares educators to lead continuous improvement of school curriculum and instruction. Students will come to understand the role of learning theory, curriculum design, instructional strategies, supervisory practices, and assessment techniques in creating and maintaining high-quality teaching and learning. Students will learn to lead colleagues in planning, designing, implementing, and evaluating curriculum. Students will learn to facilitate the practice of standards-based, data and research-driven teaching and develop a plan for instructional improvement.
Students will examine the issues and trends in school leadership and the role of the standards movement on leadership, curriculum, and instruction. They will also explore the role of school culture in creating an effective learning environment. Students are expected to define their current understanding of instructional leadership, consider realistic alternatives to existing school practices, and develop a plan for instructional improvement.
Required Texts: Schmoker, M., (2011). Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning. Arlington, VA: ASCD. ISBN-13: 978-1416611301
Tomlinson, C.A. & McTighe J. (2006). Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids. Arlington, VA: ASCD. ISBN-13: 978-1416602842