Courses for The School District Leader Program (SDL) at Stony Brook
TO SATISFY THE “APPROVED ELECTIVE” COMPONENT
OF THE SDL PROGRAM, PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OF THE COURSES FROM THE LIST BELOW.
CEQ 541 School Building Leadership (elective
for SDL only)
This course focuses on the administrative roles and functions of elementary
and secondary school building administrators. Topics include: tasks
of a building administrator; building organizations and staff utilization;
curriculum development; evaluating the school or program performance
and involving the staff in making changes; leadership; engaging teachers,
staff, and parents in the decision-making process; facilities management;
employee relations, student affairs; public relations; maintaining collaboration
between the home and the school and school law.
CEQ 510 School-Community Relations, 3
The functions and responsibilities of the school administrator in the
development and maintenance of effective school-community relations.
The meaning and purpose of school-community relations, the roles and
functions of the Board of Education and all school personnel in establishing
and maintaining good school-community relations. Some topics that will
be discussed are communication processes, techniques and strategies,
preparation of communication materials, handling criticisms and attacks,
and relations with the news media.
CES 514 Collective Bargaining and Arbitration
in the Public Sector, 3 credits
The history, procedures, and problems of public sector labor relations,
and comparisons with the private sector. The role of public opinion
and politics in public sector bargaining. Students will role play the
negotiations of a public-sector contract: preparation of bargaining
package, negotiation, mediation, fact-finding, arbitration. They will
also prepare, present, and critique a public sector grievance case from
its shop origins to its final disposition by arbitration.
CEX 547 Topics in Conflict Resolution,
A general concern with the functioning of the courts has resulted in
an increase in non judicial dispute resolution procedures. This course
will assist students to analyze and experience methodologies for dispute
resolution in such settings as the schools, home, workplace, and community
rather than through the judicial system. Along with text, case readings,
and simulations, each student will prepare and participate in workshops
where negotiation, mediation, fact-finding, and arbitration methodologies
are called into play. These workshops will take place several times
during the course of a semester.
CEQ 521 Organization/Management of Environmental
Services, 3 credits
This course deals with the organization and daily management of the
Environmental (buildings and grounds) Services Department. Some topics
covered are the cleaning, maintenance, and upkeep of the physical plant
of each building, maintaining the outside grounds and athletic fields
of the district, personnel and student security, budget preparation,
working with unions, handling of emergencies, and staff-community relations.
CEQ 530 Use of Computers for School Administration,
This course will look at the types of applications of computer systems
typical to school situations and their roles as decision support systems.
Consideration will be given to various hardware and software packages
as they relate to budgeting, pupil and personnel folders, grading, transportation,
food service, purchasing, and payroll.
CEE 547 Public Education - Current Concerns: Roles
and Responsibilities of the Players, 3 credits
This course deals with current concerns and developments in public education.
Issues include: education funding, curriculum, political realities,
and alternative programs. In addition, the roles and responsibilities
of the participants in the school community will be assessed for their
impact on the educational setting.
CEQ 531 Educational Management & the Technology
of Computers, 3 credits
An examination of the newer current technology and its role in the educational
decision support systems that help administrators and supervisors in
the decision making process. The organization of school computer equipment
for the guidance function, computer based instruction, information retrieval,
school simulation for problem solving, and the development of a total
information system are also discussed.
CEQ 520 School Finance, 3 credits
A study of the economic, political, and legal aspects of financing public
education, from a general point of view and with specific attention
to New York State. Areas considered include basic economic principles,
local, state, and federal financial support, systems analysis, taxing
systems, fiscal aspects of equal educational opportunities, budgeting,
purchasing, accounting, reporting, and communication of fiscal information.
CEE 511 The Home-School Relationship in Education,
This course explores the relationship between the home and the school
and its effect on the development of children. The need for the home-school
connection, the historical overview of the family, the rationale behind
federal legislation, and parent involvement in the schools will be examined.
The school's role in parent education, our understanding of specific
legislation on social issues such as drugs, teenage pregnancy, and other
areas of serious concern as well as programs designed to help families
and children will also be discussed and the research examined.
CEE 519 The Effective Schools Movement,
An overview of the effective schools movement including discussions
of the characteristics of effective schools, open climate, elements
of good lesson planning, use of the development lesson, the congruence
movement in our schools, and an in-depth look at faculty make-up.
CEE 527 Mentoring and Internships in Education,
A review of mentoring and internship programs as aids to effective teacher
induction. Topics will include mentoring in other professions, apprenticeship
and internship models, mentoring in the educational profession, examples
of current mentor teacher programs, history of the N.Y.S. Mentor Teacher-Internship
Program, mentor selection, needs of beginning teachers, evaluation of
mentor teacher programs, and the future of mentoring internships in
CEI 596 Leadership in Organizations,
This seminar presents an overview of the research literature on leadership
as background for analyzing and assessing leadership behavior in a number
of applied settings including business, educational, community and volunteer
organizations. Students will be responsible for extensive readings on
organizational and leadership theory and culture. They will also conduct
and report on field-based studies.
CEF 524 Authentic Assessment and Portfolios,
An introduction to the methodology of alternative forms of assessment,
this course will illustrate the relationship between authentic assessment
and integrated curricula. Emphasis will be on the development and philosophy
of Student Responsibility
Students themselves are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and
abiding by the University's regulations, procedures, requirements and
deadlines as described on all websites and in all official publications.
These include the SPD Bulletin (requires
PDF reader) and Website,
Graduate and Undergraduate Bulletins (and supplements), Summer Sessions
Bulletin and Website,
Student Handbook, Class Schedules and academic calendars. Students should
keep all Stony Brook catalogs and correspondence for reference.