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K-12 Professionals

Increasing Leadership Capacity Through Interpersonal Skills

EDUC 600




Instructor: Joan Sousae, MAED

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150 + Partner Course Fee: $199

Partner Class Offered Through NaMaYaPD

Course Description:

This course is designed to further increase your teacher leadership capacity in the area of interpersonal skills. It focuses primarily on a set of skills that will enhance your ability to contribute meaningfully toward the school improvement efforts within your school. These include: Knowledge of Self, Building Trust, Increasing Communication Skills, Giving Feedback, and Running Effective Meetings. 


The successful student will:

• Examine the larger context of the school with respect to factors that lead to school improvement and collaboration through readings.

• Identify leadership interpersonal skills that engender collaboration, the open flow of ideas, and trust through readings, video clips, discussion, reflection and writing assignments.

• Assess their feelings about leading others through completion of a self-assessment survey.

• Develop insights into improving communication skills through video clips, readings, memo-writing and reflection.

• Learn how to lead equals through readings, discussion and reflection.

• Practice giving and receiving feedback through memo-writing activity.

• Develop insights into running effective meetings through readings, video clips, discussion, reflection and use of meeting template.

• Create or revise a professional growth plan that includes specific leadership interpersonal skills.


All course materials are included. A list of readings will be provided upon course enrollment.

Special Instructions:

  • This course is no longer available.