ESD 725 - Politics and Policy Leadership (3)

This course will cover the issues of policy and politics at the local, state, and federal levels. The students will explore how to identify the key policy leaders and position framers and how to influence policy development at each of the levels. The course will assist students in developing an understanding of the strategies that distinguish the activities of advocacy versus lobbying and how the policies at each level are connected and how they impact each other. In addition, the students will develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be an influence on policy development without becoming partisan in the politics of decision-making. Students will discuss the role of policy in providing leadership at the local level, to the district, and to the schools/programs of the district. Legal and statutory frameworks at the federal, state, and local levels within which schools must operate are also explored. The course will develop student knowledge of and strategies for accessing the resources and working within regulatory framework of regional, state, and federal agencies.

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