COMMUNITY POLITICS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Course Details

Course Number: EDLE 5663  Fall 2012

Days & Times:

Monday, 7:30 – 9:50



Course Attachments

EDLE 5663: COMMUNITY POLITICS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS  EDLE 5663 Syllabus Fall 2012-20120829-090614.pdf

Lew Blackburn, Ph.D. Resume  Blackburn Resume-2012-20120829-090724.pdf

Textbooks

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LEW BLACKBURN   
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Course Objectives

 

ELCC Standards

·         To be able to assess school culture (ELCC 2.1)

·         To be able to manage operations (ELCC 3.2)

·         To be able to manage resources (ELCC 3.3)

·         To be able to collaborate with families and other community members (ELCC 4.1)

·         To be able to respond to community interests and needs (ELCC 4.2)

·         To be able to mobilize community resources (ELCC 4.3)

·         To be able to act with integrity, fairly  and ethically (ELCC 5.1, 5.2, 5.3)

·         To be able to understand the larger context (ELCC 6.1)

·         To be able to respond to the larger context (ELCC 6.2)

·         To be able to  influence the larger context (ELCC 6.3)

TExES Standards

·         The principal knows how to advocate, nurture, and sustain an instructional program and a campus culture that are conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. (TExES 005)

·         The principal knows how to apply organizational, decision-making, and problem solving

skills to ensure an effective learning environment.(TExES 007)

·         The principal knows how to act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical and legal manner. (TExES 003)

·         The principal knows how to communicate and collaborate with all members of the school community, respond to diverse interests and needs, and mobilize resources to promote student success. (TExES 002)


Course Expectations

·         The qualities of benefits you receive from this course are directly proportional to your motivation to comprehend the assigned text, actively participate in online discussions, and conduct independent research.

·         Professional dialogue opportunities will be available. Because this is an on-line class, it would be easy to feel isolated.  Research shows that professional learning communities are a powerful venue for learning and, therefore, we will use our technology to create this kind of learning community.  It is critical that you participate thoughtfully and meaningfully in weekly discussions and any other on-line opportunities to discuss the subject matter and share ideas.

·         Time commitment is crucial for success in this course.  In a face-to-face course, you would spend 3 hours in a classroom setting per week plus approximately 2 hours in preparation for each hour in class; 6 hours.  Therefore, it is possible to expect that you will spend up to 9 hours each week on this course. 

·         Assignment due dates should be honored in order to receive the highest grade.  All assignments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the dates indicated on the course calendar.  A reduction of 25% in the grade will result when an assignment is submitted late; up to seven (7) days.  No assignments will be accepted after seven (7) days of the due date.

·         Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited") whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

·         The West College of Education uses the style manual from APA (American Psychological Association), 6th edition.  You will need this manual throughout the program.

·         Students with Disabilities: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.  If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.


Grading Standards

This course will utilize the following instruments to determine students’ grades and proficiency of the learning outcomes for the course.

Discussions (10%): Academic knowledge may be gained through scholarly discussions of theoretical, philosophical, and practical topics related to a certain field of pursuit.  Such discussions lead to increased knowledge, skills, wisdom, and understanding.  Thus, students will participate in weekly discussions of the assigned topics.  Because this is an online course, there will be no required face to face meetings on campus.  However, we will participate in conversations about the readings, materials, and other aspects of the course in a true seminar fashion.  Students are required to log-on to the course website often to participate in discussion.  It is strongly advised that you check the discussion area daily to keep abreast of the discussions.  When a topic is posted, everyone is required to participate. 

Chapter Summaries (40%):  Individual reading of the textbook increases understanding, knowledge and skills related to the course.  Students are expected to read the assigned text.  They will submit a minimum one-page summary of the assigned chapter from the textbook.

Journal Summary (10%):  Individual reading increases understanding, knowledge and skills.  Students will submit a three-page summary of a journal article of their choosing that relates to a topic covered in the text. 

PowerPoint Presentation (20%): Practical presentation of knowledge will help students improve their skills and techniques.  Each student will prepare a 30-minute presentation based on a topic from the course.  Additional research will include information from at least five sources other than the textbook.  The presentation will show that sufficient research has been done to gain new knowledge related to the topic.  A minimum three-page summary of the presentation should be sent to each student in the class. 

Course Project (20%): Develop a Community Relations Plan for your school.  The plan should be in a format similar to your School Improvement Plan.  As such, the plan can be easily incorporated.  Use any resources available to you for development of the Community Relations Plan.  The textbook might be a good source, as well as your district administrators. 


Submission Format Policy

Written assignments should be done on a word processor in Microsoft Word and submitted through the WebCT/Blackboard assignment drop box.  If you do not have Microsoft Word 97-2003 or 2007, you can save your file as an rtf (Rich Text File). Correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling are expected on all written assignments.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

 

Assignment due dates should be honored in order to receive the highest grade.  All assignments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the dates indicated on the course calendar.  A reduction of 25% in the grade will result when an assignment is submitted late; up to seven (7) days.  No assignments will be accepted after seven (7) days of the due date.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Other Policies

 

Student Honor Creed: As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty.  We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character.  We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.