ESD 710 - School Districts as Organizations (3)


This course will lay a foundation for understanding schools and districts as complex organizations and as organizations that can be transformed with new areas of capacity through resource identification, allocation, and evaluation. In addition, this course will include the application of systems thinking, matrix thinking, and other models for conceptualizing the complex nature of human organizations and the interaction of the organization framework with the resources identified. Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for leading the work of building capacity within an organization through continuous learning and continuous improvement. Students also will explore the concept and strategies of distributed leadership at all levels, program, district, and school throughout the school-community.


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