Within Element 5: Organization and Systems – Align systems, structures and resources that sustain a culturally consonant environment in the service of student learning and development, the courses within my Educational Leadership Program which contributed the most to my development were EDPL 621: Law & School Management and EDPL 623: Understanding & Influencing Organizations. Evidence in my growth within this element is found within my perspective, structures, and monitoring, which may be directly attributed to the readings, class discussions and activities, and assignments from EDPL 621 and EDPL 623.
Learning of the history and structural development of the educational system, and systems at-large, was a central focus in both EDPL 621 and EDPL 623. Within EDPL 621, the focus was on law in education; further addressed was the history and legal precedents which exist that have cultivated and shaped the current educational system that exists today. In this course, we, the class, explored the legal evolution from the start of a formal educational system within the United States. Within this evolution, we learned how systems were able to develop and ultimately the resources that exist to aid in the continual evolution of the educational system. The discussions which occurred as a result of the class readings, provided great insight and were instrumental to my appreciation for the current educational system.
Within EDPL 623, the final assignment was to explore a Critical Issue that exists within higher education. This assignment provided each student the opportunity to explore an issue of interest to them personally, which may have developed as a result of class discussions and professional experience. Through this exploration, students were tasked with understanding the history and evolution of the issue and proposing possible solutions. We were each afforded the opportunity to put our understanding of existing structures and resources to use in an effort to address a pressing issue in higher education today.