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Proposal for a 21 day Leadership Program for School Administrators
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Profile of the Faculty of Education, York University

York University is located within the Greater Toronto Area, the largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of over three million. It has easy access to a wide variety of cultural, natural, historic, and commercial sites. In addition, the city is only a one-hour drive from Niagara Falls and provides good transportation links to other major cities. The university supports a very diverse international student population with over 50,000 students in its undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. York is renowned for its innovative programming and international curriculum.
York’s Faculty of Education is committed to intellectual and professional excellence, and to providing a rigorous and provocative learning experience for teacher candidates, graduate students, and practicing teachers and administrators. The Faculty of Education aims to equip administrators with the skills to help students realize their potential. It provides an environment for the conduct of innovative scholarly research on a wide range of educational issues. In its academic and professional development programs, it fosters university and community collaboration, and is committed to the principles and practices of equity, cultural diversity and social justice.
The Faculty’s curricula include a program in Deaf-and-Hard-of-Hearing Education; a specialization in Jewish Teacher Education; a Masters and Doctoral program in language, culture and teaching; graduate certificates in Early Childhood Education, Environmental/Sustainability Education, Mathematics Education and Higher Education; and professional development courses and programs for teachers through the Office of Research and Field Development, including certificate courses for those working to become a school principal.
The Faculty values a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to education, as evidenced by the innovative staffing model in which tenure stream faculty work together with educators seconded from school boards and with colleagues from other academic disciplines across the University. The Faculty works with area school districts in all aspects of its programming.
The purpose of this proposed intensive program is to provide the school administrators with an overview of current theory and practice of school development and management. The program will consist of short lectures and workshops on administrative practice, focused discussions and group activities, self-study and observations under the supervision of professional mentors. As much as possible, activities will be interactive. Candidates will be encouraged to engage in creative problem solving activities using custom designed case studies and scenarios. Candidates will be provided with key resources and websites so that they can continue their study independently. Participants will be challenged to relate all content and experiences to their own context in China, and they will be asked to share their key learnings and explain how these new learnings might apply to their home institutions. York Faculty and highly qualified and experienced school administrators will teach the program. Facilitators will be fluent in Putonghua or will be supported by translators.

Program Overview

The program comprises in-class lectures and interactive workshops including:

1. The Ontario context – This lecture will provide an overview of the secondary school schools and their place in the larger school system and in the community. Comparisons to the system in PR China will be invited.
2. School management practices – Topics will include school vision, school policies, codes of behavior and government expectations and legislation.
3. School planning and change models- Candidates will explore the use of school data including student results, staff involvement, accommodating students with special needs, staff development and staff evaluation.
4. Models for staff development, supervision and assessment - An overview of current practices in Ontario will be presented. Candidates will have the opportunity to use specific instruments and to engage in discussions of their potential application to their home context.
5. School based budgeting – A variety of budgeting models will be explored. Candidates will consider how to set goals, how to effectively involve staff in the process and how to work with community partners.
6. School/parent/community involvement – Issues related to communication, involving parents and building confidence in the community will be discussed.
7. Issues in school leadership – Topics may include: dealing with hard to serve students, including behavior, alternative programs and staff training.

Lectures and workshops will be supported with relevant readings and resources. Participants will be given materials to review before classes and for further study. Content can also be modified to meet the particular needs and interests of the group.
 

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