Urban Leadership Program

Available at Boston Location

Boston Public Schools – Proposed for 2020

In collaboration with Boston Public Schools Eastern Nazarene College has developed an Urban Leadership Program.   The audience for the program includes BPS employees who have participated in the MEOC (Men Educators of Color) and/or WEOC (Women Educators of Color) program, as well as other candidates interested in an Urban Leadership Certificate and/or a Master’s Degree in Urban Leadership.

The program will have two options in Urban Leadership:

  1. to take 24 credits and earn an Advanced Certificate
  2. to take a 36 credit program and earn a Master’s Degree

When the program begins, classes will be held on Saturdays on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College. Each course will run 5 Saturdays consecutively, or over a 6 -7 week time period.  ENC anticipates that the program could be ready to start in early summer or the fall of 2020.

There are 2 options to complete the coursework in the Urban Leadership Program.

  1. Graduate Leadership Certificate Program (requirements)

AD620 Curriculum Development Supervision
AD625 School Personnel Administration
AD630 School Law
AD635 School Business Administration
AD640 School and Community Relations
AD645 School Organizations in a Changing World

Choose 6 credits (2 courses) from the electives below to complete the 24 credit Leadership Certificate Program

ED696 Mentoring for Educators 3 Cr
ED695 Leadership for Teachers and Educators 3 Cr
ED552 Analysis of Teaching 3 Cr
ED555 Educational Issues in Society 3 Cr

  1. MEd Urban Leadership (all required)

AD620 Curriculum Development Supervision
AD625 School Personnel Administration
AD630 School Law
AD635 School Business Administration
AD640 School and Community Relations
AD645 School Organizations in a Changing World
ED696 Mentoring for Educators 3 Cr
ED695 Leadership for Teachers and Educators 3 Cr
ED552 Analysis of Teaching 3 Cr
ED555 Educational Issues in Society 3 Cr
AD660 Assessment Issues for Administrators 3 Cr
AD680 Administration of Education Programs 3 Cr

Urban Leadership Course Descriptions  

AD620 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND SUPERVISION
The Curriculum Development and Supervision course will address the analysis of varied factors that influence curriculum development: articulation of clear goals and objectives relative to the achievement of all students, curriculum development with a focus on urban/diverse curriculum topics, effective instruction that engages students and emphasizes cultural competence and pedagogical perspectives, diverse assessments to measure student learning, growth, and understanding, and which guides the work of the school and district.  Social emotional issues and the implications they have for the latest research in teaching and learning will also be emphasized. The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and how administrators can support teachers working collaboratively with colleagues will be emphasized, including the role of the administrator in curriculum alignment and planning.
(3 credits)

AD625 SCHOOL PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
Personnel issues from pre-hiring to leaving an organization are covered in a high stakes school environment. This emphasis includes such topics as: communications, interviewing, the hiring process, professional development, personnel growth and coaching, team building, conflict management, contract administration, reduction-in-force, professional status, and non-renewal. Background in organizational theory and program management will also be addressed in the course.
(3 credits)

AD630 SCHOOL LAW
A review of the history, concepts, and terms of law sets the framework for dealing with school issues emerging from state and federal legislation. Court cases, past and present, impacting schools are also emphasized.   Potential topics addressed throughout the course include instruction, evaluation, equity and excellence, HR issues, and conflict management.
(3 credits)

AD635 SCHOOL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
A comprehensive overview of school business administration is presented. The focus will be on developing an understanding of the financial issues of a school district, particularly district and school level budget development and budget administration.  Emphasis will also focus on state and federal regulations as it applies to budget concerns, facility planning and plant management.  Pertinent topics in organizational theory and program management will also be addressed.
(3 credits)

AD640 ADMINISTRATION OF COMMUNITY & SCHOOL RELATIONS
With the addition of the new professional standard on Family and Community Engagement, this course becomes an important area for leaders to develop expertise.  Human resource management theories and communication strategies are emphasized with particular attention given to constituent relationship development and implementation, keeping in consideration the multicultural demographics of the community.  A particular focus will be on how to engage the diverse families that make-up urban communities, particularly for the information they can provide on cultural competence as they become engaged in the development of a school and district vision. How to provide assistance to the media in interpreting and explaining school programs and the development of publication strategies for local dissemination of information from a practical viewpoint are applied at the appropriate level of administration.
(3 credits)

AD645 SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS IN A CHANGING WORLD
A general study of current organizational theories and functions with a particular application to the school setting is emphasized. Attention is given to formal and informal power structures, race, class, culture and linguistic status of urban student populations, schools in the urban context, tables of organization, school culture and change. Additionally, successful educational planning and managerial strategies using data to assess and define needs, establish priorities, set goals, and allocate resources will be explored.
(3 credits)

AD660 ASSESSMENT ISSUES FOR ADMINISTRATORS
This course is designed to introduce the prospective administrator and practicing   administrator to those elements of measurement and assessment that are essential to good teaching.  The main theme is that the assessment of learning plays an important role in the instructional process and that its effectiveness depends largely on the ability to construct, select, and make use of tests and assessments that provide valid measures of learning outcomes.
(3 credits)

AD680 ADMINISTRATION OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS
This course will be the culminating classroom experience for the Leadership program.  Candidates will deal with a number of case studies focusing on the day-to-day operations of schools. The course will first examine what a case study is and offer a template that can be used to organize information for looking at a “live” problem in educational administration. The following topics are covered:  budgetary and finance issues, law, teacher supervision, curriculum issues, pupil personnel issues, data analysis, personnel issues, site based decision making, connecting with a diverse community, and leadership concerns.  Candidates will be expected to apply the learning that has occurred through their courses as well as from the various practicum experiences.
(3 credits)

ED695 LEADERSHIP FOR TEACHERS/EDUCATORS
This course promotes an understanding of what it means to be an effective and ethical leader in a school in an urban context, whether that is as a teacher or administrator.  In addition to studying the experiences of veteran urban educators (teachers and administrators), the course includes the study of leadership theory and practice, contexts for serving historically under-served/under-performing student populations (e.g. high-poverty students, minorities, English-language learners, and students with disabilities), the dynamics of building level organizations, decision-making, school culture, and cultural competence in a learning organization.
(3 credits)

ED552 ANALYSIS OF TEACHING/PEDAGOGY
The course will provide students with the competencies necessary to use various models of teaching in the classroom.  The components of an effective learning experience will also be presented.
(3 credits)

ED555 EDUCATIONAL ISSUES IN SOCIETY
This course explores current social, philosophical, ethical and moral issues facing the present-day educator.  Among the topics covered are: urban life including poverty and segregation along racial and ethnic lines, equity, equality of opportunity, race, class, culture and linguistic status of urban communities, multicultural competence, and resource allocation and inequities.  Practical applications will be explored as well as the personal implications for the teacher/administrator and the student within the school and community setting.
(3 credits)

ED696 MENTORING FOR EDUCATORS
This course is designed to prepare the experienced educator with the framework of professional and emotional support for the beginning educator through mentoring.  The mentor will assist the beginning educator in the management challenges common to all new educators.  It will enable the mentor to enhance his/her protege’s personal and professional development, enabling him/her to obtain high instructional competence.  It will also offer an opportunity for new and experienced educators to analyze and reflect upon their educational responsibilities as they build a foundation for lifelong learning.
(3 credits)