Jun 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Academic Catalog 
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BUS 6112 - Global Achievement Gap-Education Leadership

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits

Course Description
Leadership and the Global Achievement Gap engages students in evaluating research and various positions taken related to student achievement, social-emotional learning, and school leadership in relation to the global achievement gap. Focus is placed on reviewing studies that address the K-12 global achievement gap, identifying the extent of the gap, understanding the underlying factors that contribute to the gap, and exploring changes in the U.S. educational system and related policies that have the potential to reduce or eliminate the gap while improving educational achievement for all students. Primary topics include evidence-based teaching and learning, high-performing team development, work-based learning experiences, social-emotional learning, equity, special education, and improvement tools and processes. Assignments for the course are designed to be practical, applicable, and provide a foundation for students to explore areas of interest related to their program project. (prereq: none)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Establish high expectations and build organizational systems that result in a high-performing school
  • Establish a learning environment with instructional programs that meet the diverse learning needs and interests of students and lead to increased student achievement
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of the instructional program for continuous improvement to assure high levels of student achievement
  • Collaborate with families, the community, service providers, and other key decision-makers to increase student achievement
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate school policies, programs, and practices that ensure social justice, equity, confidentiality, inclusion, and respect between and among students, parents, faculty, and the community to support student achievement
  • Know, understand, and articulate the relationships among social justice, culture, and student achievement and promote programs to address inequities within the school community
  • Advocate for school policies, programs, and instructional practices that promote an equitable and culturally relevant instructional program
  • Analyze and resolve school problems considering the larger political, social, cultural, economic, and historical context

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
The extent of the gap

  • Wagner’s 7 Survival Skills 
  • Defining key terms 
  • Achievement vs. growth 
  • Data deep dive 

Evidence-based teaching and learning 

  • Hattie and effect size 
  • Collective efficacy and team performance
  • Bolman and Deal’s 4 Frames

Equity and special education 

  • Defining equity 
  • Legal responsibilities 
  • Best practices 
  • Special education data review 

Work-based learning experiences 

  • Redefining ready 
  • Transforming schools 
  • Innovative programs 

Social-emotional learning 

  • Defining SEL 
  • Universal instruction 
  • Supporting mental health
  • SWOT analysis 
  • Site-based SEL analysis 

Dan Pavletich

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