EDN 513: Leadership for Learning


Leadership for Learning is designed to provide school leaders with the conceptual and analytic tools necessary to challenge, inform, and lead classroom and school-wide improvement efforts. The lessons will examine principles of instructional design, assessment of teaching, student learning, and strategies of professional development. Activities will include information and participation in case and field-based analysis.

The context for administrative practice has been redefined. School administrators and other educational leaders must continue to have the technical competence, capability, and temperament to manage on-going school operations and make educational decisions that support the learning of students. The role of school leadership has broadened and they are being asked to lead by empowering, to create a collaborative environment for continuous learning both for individuals and the organization. The challenge for school leaders is to create conditions for educators within the building that allow for learner ownership, conditions that encourage creativity by being open, and accepting of professional ideas that are based on expertise and knowledge. Therefore, this course is designed to help you develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to create collaborative and effective working relationships that are focused on continual educational improvements at all levels.

Learning Goals:

This course is designed to explore the components of leadership, especially those involved in the decision-making for learning, and selecting a course of action based on a process awareness, design, choice, and action. The particular focus of this class is to guide the school administrator / leader to a focus on effective and efficient student learning.

The umbrella question for this course is "What does it mean to be a school leader?" with sub-questions that include:

  • What is my leadership style?
  • Can I improve / change my leadership style to be more effective?
  • How can I influence change in my organization?
  • How does my leadership impact student learning?

The goals include:

  • Develop an awareness of leadership components and styles
  • Demonstrate use of critical reflective thinking in generating and examining solution (s) for ill-structured problems of practice
  • Develop a decision-framework for making judgments about instruction and planning for school and classroom improvements
  • Demonstrate skills in guiding improvement of individual teacher performance
  • Develop skillful communication strategies for objectively working with individual teachers and teacher groups about the quality of instructional performance, the resulting impact on student learning, and the responsive improvement of instruction
  • Develop methods that ensure the successful learning of all students