Policy and Leadership in Public Education


Units: 6

Description: This course introduces students to policy issues in public education while simultaneously building the skills to lead change through authentic assignments and in-class collaboration. The course addresses both the "what" and the "how" of leading policy change, combining content presentation and discussion with an iterative approach to each assignment. The content of the course will consist of four parts: 1) the basics of education policy, looking at different perspectives about the purpose of schooling and the history, structure, funding and current state of public education in the United States, 2) contemporary issues, exploring relevant topics in education policy today, 3) leading change and what it takes to be a successful leader in the field, how to manage change, and the many career pathways available in public education, and 4) contemplating the future of education, exploring possibilities for transforming how students learn, and considering potential changes to the system that could impact the outcomes it yields.

Syllabus: 90-865_Policy_and_Leadership_in_Public_Education_Syllabus_S19.pdf