edl520 | Graduate
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Curriculum Development and Instructional Improvement
- Examine how student-teacher relationships affect teaching and learning.
- Analyze the qualities and practices of a master teacher.
- Determine classroom conditions and instructional practices needed to improve student achievement.
- Explain how a learning environment contributes to increased learning, effective classroom management, and open communication in the classroom.
- Describe the types of data and artifacts needed for effective classroom observations.
- Analyze how learners’ needs, attributes, and beliefs influence motivation and efficiency in learning.
- Describe motivation and how it increases learning.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how teachers’ strategies in the classroom encourage motivation and student learning.
Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
- Compare and contrast the characteristics of norm-referenced tests and criterion-referenced tests.
- Identify the factors that led to high-stakes testing.
- Identify ways that student test scores can be used to plan for improving student achievement.
Curriculum Theories and Instructional Models
- Demonstrate an understanding of diverse students’ abilities and the challenges that teachers face in today’s schools.
- Apply the decision-making process to addressing students’ abilities and needs.
- Analyze constructivist theory and student-centered instruction in the classroom.
- Analyze the differences between intelligence and achievement.
- Define learning and the concepts which promote student achievement.
- Evaluate the three kinds of knowledge.
- Apply an understanding of student learning strategies and their applications.
The Benefits of Diversity in Family and Community Relationships
- Examine school culture as related to the school’s population.
- Identify gaps in communication and collaboration between diverse families and schools.
- Analyze strategies that bridge the gaps between diverse families and schools.
- Identify strategies in the classroom that promote diverse student achievement.
- Identify professional development opportunities for creating an ongoing change process.
- Examine a needs assessment tool (Organizational Climate Description Questionnaire) to determine how professional development can enhance reform within a school.
- Examine the barriers that impede change within a school.
- Analyze the roles that stakeholders take when change is necessary in a school.
Instructional Leadership and Related Issues
- Distinguish between teacher leaders’ and administrators’ roles as instructional leaders in a school.
- Demonstrate an understanding of instructional leadership as influenced by No Child Left Behind, school culture and climate, student differences, and teaching issues.
- Analyze classroom processes and organization and how they reflect the philosophy of an individual teacher.
- Examine how change in a school’s culture and climate can occur through the use of assessment as a decision-making tool.
- Explain the importance of assessing student learning.
Teacher Leadership and Decision-Making
- Construct an understanding of one’s individual decision-making style.
- Describe how to utilize a decision-making style to work effectively with others.
- Compare the strengths and weaknesses of decision-making models.
- Design a personal strategy for working with decision-making styles.
- Examine how new teachers benefit when guided by an experienced instructional leader.
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