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EDA 560 - ISLLC 1,2,5,6

Curriculum Development for School Improvement
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Module 3

Curriculum Philosophy
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The following paper articulates my personal educational philosophy focusing on how it affects curriculum design and how well it fits within my current school system. The following specified standards were met in this project:

AZ- Arizona Professional Administrative Standards
Standard 1: The administrator facilitates the development, articulation, implementation, and management of an organization's mission. The performance assessment shall measure the extent to which the administrator:

Performance Indicator 1: Develops a mission statement for the organization by the school leader organizing the teachers and other shareholders into teams to formulate and agree to a mission statement.

Performance Indicator 2: Promotes support for and fulfillment of the organization's mission with the development of strong teams and empowering teachers and teams to help with curriculum development and decision making processes.

Performance Indicator 4: Demonstrates a knowledge of educational issues and how they affect students, schools, and the community with focus on diversity and socioeconomic issues and development of a constructivist management style.

Performance Indicator 5: Facilitates the development of strategic action plans, and goals in cooperation with the community while including community members and other shareholders into key decision making processes.

Performance Indicator 8: Describes the role of education in a democratic society within an historical context by referring to founding principles and stating the importance nations place upon education.

Performance Indicator 9: Uses documentation of his or her performance to design and continually update a professional development plan by proposing the development and implementation of various reflective/review vehicles to properly assess progress and success, or the lack thereof.

Standard 5: The administrator advocates and supports curricular and instructional programs which promote the success of students. The performance assessment shall measure the extent to which the administrator:

Performance Indicator 11: Implements programs to help students develop as caring and informed citizens as part of the curriculum collaboratively developed and implemented by the school in accordance with the mission statement.

US National Standards

The overall goal is to collaborate to best plan and develop curriculum relative and pertinent to our individual school goals and the needs of our students (ISLLC Standard 1; Function ). This will take an empowered staff, capable and responsive to the challenges this represents (ISLLC Standard 2; Function F), and as the leader, I will have to model the practices and behaviors which I wish to see in my staff (ethical behavior/decisions; reflective action; and self-awareness: ISLLC Standard 5; Function F).

AZ- Arizona Professional Administrative Standards
Standard 1: The administrator facilitates the development, articulation, implementation, and management of an organization's mission. The performance assessment shall measure the extent to which the administrator:
Performance Indicator 1: Develops a mission statement for the organization;
Performance Indicator 2: Promotes support for and fulfillment of the organization's mission;
Performance Indicator 4: Demonstrates a knowledge of educational issues and how they affect students, schools, and the community;
Performance Indicator 5: Facilitates the development of strategic action plans, and goals in cooperation with the community;
Performance Indicator 8: Describes the role of education in a democratic society within an historical context;
Performance Indicator 9: Uses documentation of his or her performance to design and continually update a professional development plan; and
Standard 5: The administrator advocates and supports curricular and instructional programs which promote the success of students. The performance assessment shall measure the extent to which the administrator:
Performance Indicator 11: Implements programs to help students develop as caring and informed citizens; and
USA- ISLLC Educational Leadership Policy Standards 2008
Standard: Standard 1: An education leader promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by all stakeholders
Function: C. Create and implement plans to achieve goals
Standard: Standard 2: An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
Function: F. Develop the instructional and leadership capacity of staff
Standard: Standard 5: An education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
Function: B. Model principles of self-awareness, reflective practice, transparency, and ethical behavior

Module 7

Curriculum Issue
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The following paper examines the issue of exit exams and if they are worthy of consideration and/or if they exacerbate the already high student drop out rates. The following specified standards are addressed:

AZ- Arizona Professional Administrative Standards
Standard 1: The administrator facilitates the development, articulation, implementation, and management of an organization's mission. The performance assessment shall measure the extent to which the administrator:

Performance Indicator 4: Demonstrates a knowledge of educational issues and how they affect students, schools, and the community with the discussion of the pros and cons of exit testing.

Standard 4: The administrator effectively manages services, programs, operations, and resources. The performance assessment shall measure the extent to which the administrator:

Performance Indicator 2: Defines and uses effective processes for gathering, analyzing, and using data for decision making by advocating the use of exit testing and the data they provide for course or program revision. Plus the added suggestion of following students as they exit high school to compare their future success with successful completion of exit exams.

Performance Indicator 3: Identifies, frames, and solves problems such as the critical need to hold districts, schools, teachers, and students accountable for performance.

Performance Indicator 4: Identifies priorities and formulates plans of action to meet internal and external expectations by working with educational and business leaders to ensure that high school courses and assessments match with requirements from college and the workforce.

Standard 5: The administrator advocates and supports curricular and instructional programs which promote the success of students. The performance assessment shall measure the extent to which the administrator:

Performance Indicator 2: Develops a strategic plan that enhances teaching and learning by utilizing exit exams as further demonstration of mastery/understanding, and implementing a tracking system to monitor continued success.

Performance Indicator 3: Plans curriculum which anticipates occupational trends and their educational implications by partnering with market/business leaders to make sure there is a correlation to the skills being taught and needed in the workplace.

Performance Indicator 10: Demonstrates knowledge of research findings on the use of a variety of instructional strategies that include multicultural sensitivity and various learning styles with advocation of multiple testing sections on the exit exam to offer additional opportunities to demonstrate performance, including recognition and accommodation of special needs.

US National Standards

An effective administrator/instructional leader must respond to the increasing reliance upon exit exams to adapt strategies and implement programs to implement a comprehensive, rigorous, and coherent curricular program and systems of accountability to monitor students' academic and social goals (ISLLC Standard 2- Function B; ISLLC Standard 5- Function A; and ISLLC Standard 6- Function A).


USA- ISLLC Educational Leadership Policy Standards 2008
Standard: Standard 2: An education leader promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
Function: B. Create a comprehensive, rigorous, and coherent curricular program
Standard: Standard 5: An education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
Function: A. Ensure a system of accountability for every student’s academic and social success
Standard: Standard 6: An education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
Function: C. Assess, analyze, and anticipate emerging trends and initiatives in order to adapt leadership strategies
Author: Gary Fishel
Last modified: 12/18/2010 2:26 PM (EDT)