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50045.5 Student Personnel Services

The program requires the study of the administration of student programs, services, and activities. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of students ‘understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

Where the Standard is Met in the Program:  ED 712 Social, Political, and Community Dimensions in Education, ED 738 Administration of the Elementary School and ED 639 Administration of the Secondary School.

 Student Performance:  All candidates in the program are required to take ED 712.  Candidates seeking their credential as an Elementary School Principal are required to take ED 738 while candidates seeking their credential as a Secondary School Principal are required to take ED 639.  A major assignment in ED 712 is the National Family School Partnership Standards Audit.  Student performance on this assignment is provided in the table below:

Family School Partnerships Action Plan Student Performance Data

Candidates participating in the D21 Principal Performance Center are assessed on four scenarios (Leaderless Group, Presentation to the School Board, Parent Interaction Exercise and In-basket).  Student performance data on the D21 Skills of Sensitivity are provided in the table below:

D21 Principal Performance Center Student Performance Table

Candidates prepare a portfolio and complete an Oral Examination as culminating events in the program.  Student performance data on this standard are provided in the table below:

Oral Examination Student Performance Table 

Department Response:  The Family School Partnerships Action Plan assignment has been designated as a Critical Assignment.  This assignment will maintain its designation as a Critical Assignment on the course curriculum map and will be required of all candidates in the program. Another major assignment in ED 712 is a Crisis Management Audit but a faculty review of the content of ED 639 revealed that crisis management and safety was also being addressed in that course as well. Faculty agreed to move the Crisis Management Audit from ED 712 and place it in both ED 738 and ED 639 and designate it as a Critical Assignment in both courses.  Feedback from the Alumni Survey and Advisory Council Meeting indicated that candidates need to know more about working with community agencies. In response to that identified need, candidates in ED 712 were required to complete a 10 hour Field Based Experience during which the candidates made contact with and explored the range of agencies and services available to them in their communities. Candidates logged and reflected on their experiences in a manner similar to what is done during the practicum.  This Field Experience was piloted in the Summer of 2011.  Faculty then discussed this assignment and agreed that a 10 hour Field Based Experience should be embedded in ED 712 but specified that the Field Based Experience should require candidates to meet with community agencies to explore ways to collaborate with community agencies in order to improve student learning. The faculty also recommended that the artifact of the Field Based Experience be a memo to the Superintendent making recommendations for ways in which the school could collaborate more closely with the community, based on the information gathered during the Field Based Experience.  The faculty recommended that this Field Based Experience be designated as a Critical Assignment and be required of all candidates in the program.


Syllabus – ED 712

Assignment Instructions – Family School Partnerships Action Plan

Candidate Work Sample –  Family School Partnerships Action Plan     

Candidate Assessment Tool – Family School Partnerships Action Plan

Syllabus – ED 738

Syllabus – ED 639

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