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									                Overview of the Practicum in
 The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program

      The practicum in educational leadership at Aurora University has

been designed to provide the candidate with myriad experiences that are

to be research-based, yet address a practical, field-based question.

Therefore, the practicum actually begins in EDU 6080, Introduction to the

Practicum, where the candidate is to focus on an area of school

leadership that will be studied during the course of the practicum that

culminates in EDU 6670, Practicum in Educational Leadership. However,

the candidate, with the approval of the site supervisor and the

university supervisor, may begin the research project and the practicum

activities prior to enrolling in EDU 6670.

      In EDU 6080, candidates will identify a cooperating administrator

(refered to as the site supervisor) who will collaborate with the

university supervisor and the candidate on the development of the

practicum program of activities.

      While the two courses, EDU 6080 and EDU 6670, are separate and

distinct, there is a correlation between the two. This guide serves to assist

the candidate in making that distinction by referring to the two courses

with subtitles as Practicum #1 (EDU 6080) and Practicum #2 (EDU 6670).

The specific goals and activities for each course are outlined in this
document.

      “The Educational Leadership Practicum Pilot Program Study” that

was conducted by Dr. Dan McAllister during the Spring 2006 term and

the connections of the two courses, EDU 6080 and EDU 6670, as defined

by Dr. Gary Jewel and Dr. John Vanko, have served as the impetus for

this program guide. Moreover, the contributions of the Masters Faculty

have helped to clarify the intent and purposes of the practicum in the

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program.
           Guidelines for the Practicum
    EDU 6080- Introduction to the Practicum
                          (Practicum #1)

Goals:
The major goals of EDU 6080, Introduction to the Practicum, are as
follows:

      1. To understand the action research process as it applies to the
         administration of the school or school district.

      2. To determine a focus for the administrative practicum that will
         result in the development of a major action research project to
         be initiated in EDU 6080. This project may be completed during
         the course of EDU 6080 or it may be conducted throughout the
         candidate’s graduate program and culminate in EDU 6670,
         Praticum in Educational Leadership.

      3. To design practicum activities in which the candidate will
         implement in EDU 6670. These activities may grow out of the
         major action research project or they may be separate and
         distinct. Nevertheless, the ultimate goal is for the candidate to
         Identify, implement, and master ELCC Standards 1.0-6.0.

      4. To identify a cooperating administrator who will serve as the
         Site Supervisor for the practicum experience in EDU 6080 and
         EDU 6670.

      5. To demonstrate mastery of the APA style format for all writing
         assignments and the master project.
      Activities:
      The candidates will do the following:

      1. Study and become familiar with the ELCC Standards.

      2. Identify and engage the cooperating administrator (Site
         Supervisor).

      3. In cooperation with the Site Supervisor and the University
         Supervisor plan activities to be implemented during the
         practicum that will incorporate the first six ELCC Standards.
         These activities, upon approval, may commence in advance
         Of a candidate’s enrollment in EDU 6670.

      4. Arrange a meeting with the University Supervisor and Site
         Supervisor to gain written approval of the activities to be
         performed in EDU 6670 that will incorporate the ELCC
         Standards.

      5. Prepare a research proposal for the major action research
        project.

      6. Complete the Proposal, Chapter One and a draft Chapter Two
         of the action research project.

      7. Maintain an activity log beginning in EDU 6080 to be carried
         over to EDU 6670. The student must log a minimum of 100 hours
         for the total practicum program. Students may be given a
         grade of “X’ until all of the requirements for EDU 6080
         are completed.

Evaluation:

The student will be graded on the successful completion of the Proposal
and Chapter One, and the first draft of Chapter Two of the final project
paper, and all of the criteria outlined in the EDU 6080 course syllabus.
  EDU 6670-The Practicum in Educational Leadership
                                                  (Practicum #2)

The following activities are to be implemented during the Practicum in
Educational Leadership:

      1. At the beginning of the course, the Candidate, Site Supervisor
         and the University Supervisor will meet

         • To review the suggested activities for the practicum and to
           sign an agreement for the student to complete the activities, if
           a meeting did not take place for this purpose when the student
           enrolled in EDU 6080.

         • To review and explain the role of the Site Supervisor and the
           Site Supervisor’s feedback form and rubric.

         • To agree that the candidate must accumulate a minimum of
           100 hours for the practicum.

      2. The Site Supervisor and the University Supervisor will establish
         their communication process.

      3. The University Supervisor and the Candidate will establish their
         communication process, i.e., e-mail, telephone, etc.

      4. If more than one Candidate is conducting an practicum at the
         same school or in the same school district, the University
         Supervisor may conduct a series of seminars. Some areas of
         discussion may include the following:

         • Explain the best or worst thing (s) that has happened to you
           during the practicum

         • Things that have surprised you most about the practicum and
           school leadership
        • The most challenging thing(s) about the practicum and school
          leadership

        • Describe how your perception of administrators and
          leadership has changed.

        • How has the practicum affected your personal life?

        • Describe your relationship with your site supervisor.

     5. Candidates will maintain a reflective journal of their
        experiences during the practicum. This journal along with the
        Site Supervisor’s evaluation and the University Supervisor’s
        evaluation will serve as the basis for determining the
        Candidate’s grade for EDU 6670.

     6. The Candidate, Site Supervisor, and University Supervisor will
        meet at the end of the practicum to

        • Discuss the pros and cons of the practicum

        • To pick up the log book, portfolio, reflective journal, etc.

        • To pick up the Site Supervisor’s evaluation. (OPTIONAL)

The end of the Practicum is determined as being the end of EDU 6670,
Practicum in Educational Leadership. Candidates will be given the
grade of “X” until the practicum and all requirements for EDU 6670
are completed.
The Educational Leadership Program at Aurora University requires all
candidates to complete an practicum in educational leadership. This clinical
experience must be a practical and/or supervisory experience in cooperation
with the school administrator and/or supervisor.


                          Practicum in Educational Leadership

ELCC Standards:
Standard 1.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the
knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by facilitating the development,
articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school vision of learning supported by the
school community.

Standard 2.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the
knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by promoting a positive school
culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning,
and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.

Standard 3.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the
knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by managing the organization,
operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning
environment.

Standard 4.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the
knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by collaborating with families and
other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and
mobilizing community resources.

Standard 5.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the
knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairly, and
in an ethical manner

Standard 6.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the
knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by understanding, responding to,
and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

Standard 7.0: Practicum. The practicum provides significant opportunities for candidates to
synthesize and apply the knowledge and practice and develop the skills identified in Standards
1-6 through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings, planned and guided
cooperatively by the institution and school district personnel for graduate credit.
               Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards

       The Educational Leadership Program at Aurora University requires all candidates to
       complete an practicum with supervisory experiences based on the ELCC standards.
       Sample activities are provided with each of the following standards:


Standard 1.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the
knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by facilitating the development,
articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school vision of learning supported by the
school community.

1.1- Develop a School Vision of Learning

1.2- Articulate a School Vision of Learning

1.3- Implement a School Vision of Learning

1.4- Steward a School vision of Learning


       Standard 1 - Sample Activities:
        Visit another school site and bring back innovative ideas
        Take part in the development of the vision/strategic planning for the school
        Make a presentation to the staff concerning the vision and/or strategic plan
        Create a calendar with specific evaluation dates for strategic plan implementation
        Run an environmental scan to discern possible impact the community and the
           environment could have upon the school and create a report for possible action
        Create a written piece for use as a flyer and/or website to further enhance the
           promotion of the school’s vision internally as well as throughout the community



Standard 2.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational
leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all
students by promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective
instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and
designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.

2.1- Promote a Positive School Culture

2.2- Provide Effective Instructional Program

2.3- Apply Best Practice to Student Learning

2.4- Design Comprehensive Professional Growth Plans
           Standard 2 - Sample Activities:
            Help create the School Improvement Plan (SIP) with specific goals for
               improvement
            Create an analysis of data to plan for instructional improvement
            Design professional development activities for teachers
            Research and distribute best practice information to faculty and staff
            Review a subject or level specific curriculum to discover if it meets the established
               school, district, state, and federal standards
            Create plans for and lead an instructional leadership training
            Conduct a faculty survey to determine professional growth needs
            Chair a specific school action learning committee
            Design and implement a integrated curricular project for multiple subject areas or
               multiple grade levels
            Work on the alignment of standards with the school report card




Standard 3: Candidates who complete the program are educational
leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all
students by managing the organization, operations, and resources in a
way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

3.1- Manage the Organization

3.2- Manage the Operations

3.3- Manage the Resources



           Standard 3 - Sample Activities:
            Administer the school’s discipline program
            Work with the school budget and purchasing---create budget items, modify budget
               items, do purchase orders, monitor spending and cash flow, work with various
               accounts
            Conduct a building inspection and report results
            Meet with operations and maintenance staff for updates
            Review safety/emergency evacuation procedures with faculty and staff
            Coordinate a safety audit with local fire and police departments
            Enter student and course data into a software program
            Design individually modified schedules for students
            Work through all aspects with new students and parents
Standard 4.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational
leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all
students by collaborating with families and other community members,
responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing
community resources.

4.1- Collaborate with Families and Other Community Members

4.2- Respond to Community Interests and Needs

4.3- Mobilize Community Resources



           Standard 4 - Sample Activities:
            Create and implement a parent survey for input on school-wide concerns
            Engage in a school fund drive soliciting from community members for contributions
               for a specific school project
            Plan and implement a school beautification project
            Chair a committee charged with making a decision on local school procedures and
               policies
            Write a grant proposal
            Meet with and engage in dialogue with external agencies that are involved with the
               student population---department of health, department of social services, family
               planning, etc.
            Create a community campaign to address a social issue in which students can be
               involved---recycling drive, litter clean-up campaign, after-school programs, etc.




Standard 5.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational
leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all
students by acting with integrity, fairly, and in an ethical manner.

5.1- Act with Integrity

5.2- Act Fairly

5.3- Act Ethically



           Standard 5 - Sample Activities:
            Any activity directly connected to student learning and success is appropriate in
               meeting this standard
            Model integrity, fairness, and ethical behavior
              Create staff development to analyze and implement ethical considerations

Standard 6.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational
leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all
students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger
political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

6.1 Understand the Larger Educational Context

6.2- Respond to the Larger Educational Context

6.3- Influence the Larger Educational Context



           Standard 6 - Sample Activities:
            Assess diversity among the current staff; as needed, create a plan promoting
               recruitment and retention of a more diverse staff
            Create a community outreach program regarding goals and important issues facing
               the students’ education
            Analyze school data concerning the student ethnic ratio; implement any professional
               development needed in this area
            Assess community needs for improved school communication
            Plan an event to strengthen multicultural awareness within the school and
               community




Standard 7.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational
leaders who promote the success of all students through substantial,
sustained, standards-based experiences in real settings that are planned
and guided cooperatively by university and school district personnel for
graduate credit.

7.3- Candidates apply skills and knowledge articulated in the first six
ELCC Standards as well as state and local standards for educational
leaders. Experiences are designed to accommodate candidates’ individual
needs.

               Standard 7 - Objective of the practicum:
                  To apply classroom knowledge to actual administrative situations
                  To apply administrative skills and theories while working with a professional
                   administrator
                  To gain problem-based teaming experiences in strategic leadership, instructional
                   leadership, organizational leadership, and political and community leadership
                  To provide a laboratory for practicing problem-based learning in an authentic
                   supervised environment
                     Practicum Portfolio

Candidates will be required to maintain a portfolio of their

practicum experiences. The major focus of the course work

in EDU 6670 will be the preparation of the Candidates’ portfolio that

accurately records the clinical experience. Therefore, thoughtful and

insightful reflections should characterize each entry.

      The candidates’ portfolio must include the following. However, a

Candidate may add more to describe fully the overall

practicum experience:

       Introduction to the portfolio that includes the following:

             A. Background information on the school site:

                   1. Demographics

                            a. Faculty

                            b. Students
                            c. Other supplementary information

                   2. School governance structure

             B. Purpose of the portfolio

       Practicum Activity Log that shows a minimum

         of 100 hours of practicum activities.
 A Major Project Report that documents a major activity

   undertaken at the site. (See Major Project format.)

 Journal entries that record and reflect upon each activity

   Undertaken. Journal entries should include documents

   and artifacts that support activities that demonstrate the

   candidates’ understanding of the first six ELCC Standards

   as follows: (See Minor Project format.)

      A. Identify the ELCC Standard

      B. Describe and explain the project or activity.
      C. Highlight the activities to implement the project

 Candidates’ reflections of their practicum experiences
  should include the following:

      A. What did you learn?

      B. What would you do differently next time?
      C. How would you incorporate this experience into

         your administration?

      D. What questions do you have that were not answered?

      E. What is it that you feel you need more information

         on in order to become proficient as an administrator?

 University Supervisor’s evaluation.
                Site Supervisor’s signature verifying completion of

                 Practicum projects.

Candidates may add any other comments relevant to this activity.

University supervisors may ask to review the portfolio, periodically.

Although the major project proposed in EDU 6080 may be completed ay

any time as well as the major project undertaken by the licensure practicum

candidates in EDU 6670, completion of all proposed practicum activities

and course requirements for EDU 6080, Introduction to Practicum and

EDU 6670, Practicum in Educational Leadership, will signal the completion

of all the requirements for the practicum at Aurora University. A candidate

will be given a grade of “X” until all requirements for the

practicum have been met.

								
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