EDED20499 - Leading Learning and Community Engagement
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit you will investigate how leadership links to improved student learning and effective community engagement. You will have the opportunity to develop an understanding and critical knowledge of the leader’s role in creating and maintaining professional learning communities. As a school leader, you will also investigate community engagement and will develop your skills of negotiation, dealing with conflict and managing competing interests.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 50%
2. Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Design and lead professional learning communities that focus on improving staff capability and student learning outcomes
  2. Analyse issues that are relevant to the interests of the diversity of students
  3. Evaluate a community engagement process for school improvement
  4. Apply techniques for conflict resolution in a school community.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation  
2 - Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge  
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills  
4. Research  
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation
2 - Written Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJulie Fleming (j.fleming@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Introduction – Professional Learning

Zoom Session – Tuesday 11 July

Week 2 17-07-2017

Professional Learning Communities/Teacher Learning Communities

Week 3 24-07-2017

Action Research/ Teacher as Researcher

Zoom Session – Wednesday 26 July

Week 4 31-07-2017

Collaborative Inquiry

Week 5 07-08-2017

Professional Learning Trends

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Making Time for Great Teaching

Week 7 28-08-2017

What does the research say about community engagement?

Zoom Session – Wednesday 30 August

Week 8 04-09-2017

Understanding the school community

Residential – Saturday 9 September

Presentation - Professional Learning in Action Due Friday (08 Sep 17) 04:45 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Parents in the learning process.

Week 10 18-09-2017

The role of social media

Week 11 25-09-2017

Negotiation, Conflict, managing competing interests.

Zoom Session – Monday 25 September

Week 12 02-10-2017

The power in networks (community and business) Diversity in Networks

Written Assessment - Community Engagement Strategy Due Tuesday (03 Oct 17) 04:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation - Professional Learning in Action
Task Description

Task Description

You will present a ‘Snapshot’ of ‘professional learning in action’ in an educational site. This could be within a school, across schools or at professional association or system level. It may be current practice in your own educational site, or an example from another site. (If the example is not from your site, permissions will need to be obtained).

This Snapshot will be of 12- 15 minute duration, contain no more than 10 PowerPoint (or equivalent) slides, and be for presentation to an audience of other educational leaders. The snapshot will outline:

(a) The rational for the approach to professional learning taken

(b) A concise overview of the approach with examples

(c) Reference the outcomes being achieved, or expected

You will also submit a 500 -1000 written piece referencing the literature supporting the approach. This report will be in the format of a handout that would be provided to the audience to whom you are presenting.

The task will be presented in one of two ways.

a) For those attending the residential (end of Week 8), your presentation will be presented to fellow students, and perhaps other teachers and educational. The presentations will be recorded and uploaded to the Moodle site for sharing with for the cohort that are not in attendance.

b) For those not attending the residential, you will need to record your presentation, save it as an MP4 file and upload it via Moodle by the due date, Friday 8 September.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017) 04:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. The rationale provided for the approach to professional learning presented
  2. Reference is made to relevant adult learning theory and contemporary professional learning issues and practice.
  3. The presentation references impact on the professional learning community and student learning outcomes
  4. The clarity and confidence displayed in the presentation and the relevance of images, information and/or diagrams included.
  5. The scope, currency and accuracy of referencing use in the handout and its design and presentation.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

For those not attending the residential you will need to record your presentation, save it as an MP4 file and upload it via Moodle, along with the 500-1000 word written report and criteria sheet.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Design and lead professional learning communities that focus on improving staff capability and student learning outcomes

2. Analyse issues that are relevant to the interests of the diversity of students

3. Evaluate a community engagement process for school improvement

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Community Engagement Strategy
Task Description

Task Description

You will develop a school community profile using data available (e.g. ABS, Local council information, School Opinion Survey, School website, prospectus and/or Annual Report). This profile should examine the diversity in the student body as well as the broader community dynamics and reference the keys elements and the implications for the school leader.

Identify one key element that may be difficult, or complex, to address but is important for the school community.

Referencing the profile you will then develop a strategy to better engage the community with a view to improving student outcomes. In this strategy, you will outline 3-5 tactics to be applied as part of the strategy. You should outline how, as the responsible leader, you will address any conflict that may occur in applying the tactics.

The written piece is not to exceed 2000 words.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Tuesday (03-Oct-2017) 04:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Tuesday (17-Oct-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

The task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. The written piece has clarity, uses a professional style and tone and is accurate in terms of referencing, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  2. The developed profile accesses a range of data sources and provides insight into the key elements relevant to community engagement.
  3. The tactics to be employed are practical and the have potential to engage parents and students.
  4. Areas of potential conflict are identified and addressed.
  5. The extent the piece is supported by reference to the literature presented in the unit and from other sources.
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submitted through Moodle along with the criteria sheet.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Design and lead professional learning communities that focus on improving staff capability and student learning outcomes

2. Analyse issues that are relevant to the interests of the diversity of students

4. Apply techniques for conflict resolution in a school community.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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