Final Portfolio and Presentation
Your portfolio is due in Week 7 by Sunday at 11:59pm. Submit the final version of all of your narratives and problem solving tasks, along with your practicum log and artifacts, to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area.
Oral Presentation and Defense
In Week 8, you will present your final presentation to your committee and invited guests. Before Sunday of Week 2 you must contact me to schedule your presentation.
Develop a professional presentation using your program of choice, PowerPoint, Prezi, etc. I recommend checking with your presentation location to see what presentation programs they support. Your presentation should spend about five minutes on each standard and include an explanation and summary for each of the Problem Solving tasks. Plan to show both videos from your Problem Solving Task 3. Your entire presentation should be about one hour.
You will also need to prepare three flash drives as part of your presentation. The flash drives should be large enough to include all of the files associated with your oral presentation/ final portfolio, as well as all artifacts, practicum logs, etc. You must also include the Problem Solving Task 3 video files on the drive. One drive must be submitted to me, either in person or via mail, for Columbia College records. You will use one for your presentation and the third will be your backup.
See the Student Handbook in the Content area for more information on the Oral Presentation and Defense. I also recommend that you review the presentation resources as you prepare for the presentation.
The personal narrative is your introduction as an emergent leader and an overview of your strengths, goals, and basic philosophy of leadership. As you write your narrative, focus on making it organized, clear, and easy to read. I’ve structured this narrative assignment with both a discussion and a dropbox assignment so that you have the opportunity for both feedback throughout the writing process. I encourage you to get feedback from your professional colleagues outside of the course as well. These initial discussion and dropbox narratives may be drafts, but the version you submit as part of your final portfolio should be professional with no grammatical or structural errors. Your final draft should be one to two pages long. Examples and guidance are provided in the Content area of the course.
Discussion: Personal Narrative
Your initial post should be a draft of your personal narrative. The draft can range from a brief outline to a full essay. This discussion is a chance for you to write down your thoughts and it is also a chance for you to get feedback. Your initial draft is due on Wednesday of Week 1 by 11:59 pm CT and you should respond to comments or provide feedback by Friday of Week 1 at 11:59 pm CT.
Dropbox: Personal Narrative
Review your discussion feedback and revise as necessary. Upload your one to two page revised narrative draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT.
Problem Solving Tasks
As part of your final portfolio, you will complete three problem solving tasks that assess your capabilities as an instructional leader. These tasks require you to demonstrate your abilities to problem solve in the field, support continuous professional development, and create a collaborative team. The specific requirements for each task are outlined in the week they are due. Please be aware that a video is required as one of the components for Task 3. There are more details on video in the Content area of the course.
Dropbox: Problem Solving Task 1
In this task, you demonstrate the ability to address and resolve a significant problem/challenge in the school that influences instructional practice and student learning. The task asks you to provide evidence in regard to your colleagues, the school and/or the community and to identify a problem/challenge that has implications for instructional practice and student learning. Upload your task draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday of Week 1 at 11:59 pm CT.
Discussion: Video Plan and Test for Problem Solving Task 3 (PST 3)
Planning and testing your video before you record your professional development talk is essential. For this ungraded discussion you should outline your plan for the PST 3 video and create a short practice test video. Your plan should address the where, who, what, when, and how for your video. For example: where are you shooting the video, what equipment you need, who will participate in your video, how will you get the video into the correct format, etc. Please don’t limit yourself to just these questions. Refer to the checklist provided in the course for guidance.
Once you have a plan developed, create a short 30 second video introducing yourself. Focus on creating a professional introduction. Use this video to become familiar with your equipment and the video production process. You will upload this video to your CougarMail Drive and include the link as part of your discussions. Full instructions and resources are located in the Content area of the course. Your plan and video are due by Sunday of Week 2 at 11:59 pm CT.
Dropbox: Problem Solving Task 2
In this task, you demonstrate the skills needed to establish and support effective and continuous professional development with assigned staff. Upload your task draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday of Week 3 at 11:59 pm CT.
Dropbox: Problem Solving Task 3
In this task, you demonstrate your ability to facilitate stakeholders’ efforts to build a collaborative team within the school, thereby improving instructional practice and student achievement. A 15-minute video is required as part of this task. The video will include one five-minute segment and one ten-minute segment of your professional development talk. Full details on preparing these segments are provided in the course. You will need to upload your video to your CougarMail Drive and include the link in the document you upload to the dropbox. Upload your task draft to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday of Week 6 at 11:59 pm CT.
The Missouri Leader Standards convey the expectations of performance for professional leaders in Missouri. The standards are based on the national Interstate Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards which recognize that leaders continuously develop their knowledge and skills.
For each standard, you will write a one to two page narrative of the meaning of the standard as it applies to school leadership. You will also identify a leader in the field of education or theorist whose work has informed this standard, and the relevant coursework that you have taken in your M.Ed. Program. You will find the individual standard requirements and examples in the weekly modules in the Content area of the course. Like the personal narrative assignment, I have structured this assignment with both a discussion and a dropbox assignment so that you have numerous opportunities for feedback during the writing process. I recommend you also get feedback from professional colleagues outside of the course. Remember these initial discussion and dropbox standard narratives can be drafts, but the version you submit for your final portfolio should be professional with no grammatical or structural errors.
Discussions: Standard 1-6 Narrative Drafts
Your initial post should be a draft of your synthesis of the standard and your illustration of it in a school setting. You do not have to have a fully formed narrative at this stage; it can be a simple outline. Each standards discussion is a chance for you to collect your thoughts and get feedback. Your initial drafts are due each week by Wednesday at 11:59 pm CT. You must respond to comments or provide feedback by Friday at 11:59 pm CT.
Dropbox: Standards 1-6
Review the feedback from the discussion and revise as necessary. Submit a one to two page revised draft of your standard narrative and its application to school leadership for my feedback. Make sure you provide an in-depth analysis of the standard, and the appropriate applications as necessary. Upload your revised narrative draft and associated artifacts to the appropriate folder in the Dropbox area by Sunday at 11:59 pm CT