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EdAd 5912 Supervision of Teachers and School Staff

Course Description: This course includes applications and philosophies of supervision of teachers / principals, staff development, motivation, attention to diversity, evaluation, Minnesota teacher tenure rules and processes for hiring and for dismissal, interpersonal communications, and human resource management.
Meeting dates are Sundays: September 19, October 24, November 21. Noon - 6:30

Dr. Diane J Rauschenfels EduE 177 218-310-9550 Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:00 2:00 p.m.

Hiring Assignment: Establish a list of

suggestions for improving the hiring of candidates in your district after reading the assignments. Include 10 specific items that can improve the candidate quality for your hiring process.

Due 10.04.10


Mentor Assignment: Create a proposal and a process to institute an effective mentor program.

Due 10.11.10


Planning, Eval, Assess: After looking at the Due 11.01.10

diagrams and reading the text regarding teacher evaluation and assessment, describe your district's methodology and give specific suggestions that you provide your principal and/or superintendent to determine suggested changes in the current practice. Which ones were accepted and which ones rejected or modified for better fit? You should have an outline of your current practices, the potential changes mapped to the current practices, and suggestions as to whether your changes are considered potentially adopted. This is a beginning for your final assignment.


Intervene & Remediation: Interview an

administrator, an experienced union representative, and a veteran teacher of at least 8 - 10 years. After a thorough reading of the contract in your district, ask the following questions and compare the answers given by each of those interviewed. End with a summative evaluation of what you plan to do when you are in the field in charge of intervention, remediation or dismissal. 1. Give specifics of what might be cause for intervention, remediation, or dismissal for a

Due 11.15.10


teacher and for a certified staff member. (Are they the same? Check contract language.) 2. What has your experience been or what have you observed in how someone has been remediated or dismissed from your district? Who all (not by names, but by positions) were involved and how? 3. What might be the steps taken in your district to have the conversation about a Track III for marginal or ineffective teachers. (see pp. 118 129 for description of a possibility)

Rubrics for Principals: Using the rubrics for Due 12.06.10

the Principalship Core Competencies, measure yourself (or someone you know well) against the rubrics stated.Find the Principal Core Competencies in color coded graph here.


Final Eval/Assess/ProfD: Take the

assignment you did for 11.1.10 and make changes from what you have learned that will describe your district's methodology and give even more effective specific suggestions to the current practice.

Due 12.20.10


This course is designed to enable students to demonstrate competency in the following Core Leadership Competencies:
C3: Creating and monitoring a positive working environment for all staff; F4: Facilitating teamwork; F8: Communicating appropriately speaking, listening, and writing for different audiences such as students, teachers, parents, community, and other stakeholders J1. Demonstrating knowledge of effective personnel recruitment, selection, and retention; J2. Demonstrating an understanding of staff development to improve the performance of all staff members; J3. Demonstrating the ability to select and apply appropriate models for supervision and evaluation; J4. Describing and demonstrating the ability to apply the legal requirements for personnel selection, development, retention, and dismissal; J5. Demonstrating understanding of management responsibilities to act in accordance with federal and state constitutional provisions, statutory and case law, regulatory applications toward education, local rules, procedures, and directives governing human resource management; J6. Demonstrating understanding of labor relations and collective bargaining; and J7. Demonstrating understanding of the administration of employee contracts, benefits, and financial accounts; Principals Competencies: B1: Demonstrating the ability to create a culture that fosters a community of learners; B6: Demonstrating the ability to meet the enrichment, remediation, and special education needs of all students; C3: Demonstrating the ability to work with children of all ages; C6: Demonstrating understanding of the developmental needs of children of all ages. Superintendents Competencies: A2: Demonstrating knowledge of statutory regulations affecting School Board meetings, communications, procedures, and practices

A3: Demonstrating an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the School Board

Assessments: Reflection papers, Case study comparisons, Personnel assessment and supervision plan, Continuum of professional development and supervision, Role-play for conferencing, staff development philosophy statement. Instructional Plan: This course will include the following topics: 1. Planning for evaluation and assessment of teachers and staff 2. Evaluation for tenure vs non - tenured teacher 3. Remediation and intervention 4. Peer supervision, action research, mentorship, and professional development cycles 5. Hiring and dismissal 6. Relationships and expectations with union, school board, and central administration regarding supervision 7. Supervision of non-certified staff 8. Effective consultation, counseling, and motivation techniques 9. Observations and 360 Portfolios/ SMART goals for teachers 10. Contracts for certified, non-certified, and other staff, Minnesota tenure laws Required Materials: Danielson, C.,& McGreal, T. Teacher evaluation to enhance professional practice. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Students with disabilities: It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities. If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations. Please call 218-7266130 or visit the DR website at for more information. The following policies are for your information: Student Conduct Code: Teaching and Learning: Instructor and Student Responsibilities: Academic Integrity:

Final Exams: Excused Absences: Appropriate Student Use of Class Notes and Course Materials: