By Richard Kroll
The TEACHER in the classroom is a front-line LEADER and is really where the influence of any “leadership” will or will not be applied. Educational “Leadership” includes more than the building principal and other administration in a school system.
The Educational Administration Department at Michigan State University offers a class for Educational Leadership, but I would assert that since it is a Master Level or Doctorate Level class, that it will only be attended by those pursing a degree as Administrators…and rarely, if ever, is attending by teachers.
I would like to propose that all higher learning institutions, consider offering “Educational Leadership” classes at the Undergraduate Level, especially to teachers, but especially Community Colleges.
Since I have extensive experience in virtually every conceivable form of education both as a teacher and administrator in private, public, charter, home school settings… in rural, urban, inner city, international and boarding school environments, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, and have been routinely retained to improve existing school conditions, I propose we develop a curriculum that will offer solutions to the core issues in K-12 leadership and the improvement of school organizations and educational systems, particularly schools that have been historically underserved; but at the classroom level; providing these principles, concepts and techniques to classroom teachers.
The class will concentrate on the following areas: Leadership principles applied in a classroom environment, creating a “learning community” school-wide and in the classroom, understanding student needs as individuals based on learning style, personality type and emotional motivators. We will also explore: evaluating school effectiveness; private, charter and home school models; the influence of leadership on school organizations; the achievement gap; intervention in low-performing and under-resourced schools; non-governmental education service providers; the study of educational systems and networks including transitions between K-12 and higher education and local businesses. The application of principles being taught and the evaluation of a student’s performance in the class will be done through discussion, case studies, and collaborative projects presented by teams of students.