week63.pdf – Assignment:

Complete an expanded outline for the Signature Assignment, place the following informationinto an outline format. Provide a brief explanation of how you will address that step and thenprovide at least one reference support for that step. The required steps are below:
Identify at least two educational leadership theories that you could use to lead the process ofdeveloping the strategic plan with the school principals.Describe how the educational leadership theories would be applied. Provide detailed examplessupported by research.Discuss how the selected educational leadership theories would influence your decisions andactions. Provide detailed examples supported by research.Determine the most effective educational leadership theory.Defend your choice of the most effective educational leadership theory. Explain why you feel itwould be the most effective. Provide a synthesis of the research to support your choice.Attach the approved scenario as an appendix if you are using a different scenario than the oneprovided below; remember that this scenario had to be approved by your professor by the endof Week 5.ScenarioYou have been recently appointed to a school-district level position in a school district thatserves approximately 55,000 students (mid-sized) in a suburban school district. You are excitedabout the possibilities of this appointment and having the opportunity to make a positive impacton student achievement. As you study the demographics of the school district’s population, youfind that the student demographics of the school district are as follows:
White—40%African American—15 %Hispanic/Latino—25%Asian—12 %Two or more races—8%In addition, 55% of the students qualify for free and reduced meals, and 25% of the students areidentified as being English language learners (ELLs) and are enrolled in English as a secondlanguage (ESL) services.
As you review the student testing data for the district, you note that no student group in any ofthe district’s middle schools (Grades 6, 7, or 8) met proficiency in reading on the state test. Youdiscuss the situation with other district leaders. You hear a variety of possible causes, includinglow teacher morale, over-referrals to special education, an overwhelming number of new districtmandates that take teacher time away from instruction, large numbers of students who do notspeak English as a first language, large numbers of students being suspended for misbehavior,and poor communication of instructional objectives between principals and teachers.
You convene a meeting with school principals to get their input on the causes. They explain thatthe school district recently switched to a new middle school reading curriculum. Teachers did notreceive appropriate professional development on the new reading curriculum, especially in howto provide the instruction to students who are struggling readers or who do not speak English as

a first language. They say that teachers are also concerned about student behavior interferingwith classroom instruction. Principals say that teachers often send students out of the classroomto the office, and the students are frequently suspended. Everyone is frustrated. Some of theprincipals admit to feeling that the situation is hopeless.
You decide to convene monthly meetings with the middle school principals to collaborativelydevelop a strategic plan that can be used to support middle school reading achievement in theschool district. The strategic plan is one that will be applied to all middle schools and willaddress causes for students’ low reading achievement (low teacher morale, studentmisbehavior, students who speak English as a second language, etc.). You understand theimportance of gaining the principals’ cooperation and commitment in the planning process. Youthink back to what you have learned about educational leadership theory and the application ofthose theories to practice.
Length: 3 page outline, not including the title and reference pages

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